Caitlin Milder, M.S.P.H.

Research Mentor: John Boice, Sc.D., M.S.

Thesis Topic:

I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Arizona, receiving a BS in Physiology and a BA in East Asian Studies.  During that time, I studied abroad at Waseda University in Japan.  I was traveling through western Japan when the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred.  I was already determined to pursue an MSPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and my experiences compelled me to complete the practical component of this degree at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, Japan, where I studied the long-term health effects of atomic bomb radiation exposure in survivors.  After completing my program, I continued working at RERF for another year before accepting a position as a radiation health specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center.  I am continuing to explore radiation epidemiology as a Vanderbilt PhD student, where I am working with Dr. John Boice, Jr. on large cohort studies of U.S. workers exposed to radiation.

Why Vanderbilt?
I chose to attend Vanderbilt because of the opportunity to engage with my current research team and because of the Epidemiology program’s dedication to student growth.  Dr. John Boice, Jr. is one of the top minds in radiation epidemiology, and I am thrilled to be working with him on a project I believe will elucidate multiple unknowns in the field.  The PhD Program in Epidemiology emphasizes collaboration, hands-on work, and professional development, which are qualities that I believe will benefit students both in the near and long-term.