After completing my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry in 2006, I worked at a vaccine development and clinical trials assessment laboratory in Boston, MA. During this period I was drawn to population- based studies and epidemiology in general. Following this new found passion, I went to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to earn a Master's degree in Epidemiology, where I became involved in women's health research. Immediately after the completion of my MS degree, I joined the Vanderbilt Doctoral Program in Epidemiology under the tutelage of Drs. Katherine Hartmann and Todd Edwards. I have continued working on women´s health research, and currently work on a study that examines the effects of subclinical hypothyroidism on stroke and myocardial infarction risk using data from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. I have also participated in various other projects in order to develop my understanding of methods utilized in genetic epidemiology. For my PhD dissertation, I hope to continue my research in the broad area of women's health focusing on fracture risk and osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
The enthusiasm and energy in this small yet strong and rapidly growing Epidemiology PhD program was a big attraction for me. I was particularly drawn to the idea of active engagement in research and individualized team mentoring that students receive from the very first day of the program. The promise of interdisciplinary research and thought-provoking classes that drew me here have more than lived up to my expectations.
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications
Giri, A., & Hartmann, K. Re: A prospective investigation of coffee drinking and endometrial cancer incidence. Int J Cancer. 2012 Nov 1;131(9):2210-1. doi: 10.1002/ijc.27484. Epub 2012 Mar 22.