Research Mentor: Qiuyin Cai, M.D., Ph.D.
Thesis Topic: Evaluate the Associations of Carotenoids and Vitamin A with Lung Cancer Risk
Yan Sun, MPH is from Xuzhou, a city located in the southeast of the North China Plain with rich culture history. Yan earned her Bachelor degree in China Pharmaceutical University, majoring in pharmaceutical science. She worked in a R&D center for NHWA Pharmaceutical Group, focusing on central nervous system drugs for more than 3 years after her graduation. To gain broader views in the field of health care, she came to the U.S. and finished her MPH program at Missouri State University and internship in St. Louis County public health and human service department, Minnesota. To explore further in the path of epidemiology, she joins in the HPV vaccine impact research team in Vanderbilt University lead by EIP HPV-IMPACT project.
There are three reasons that Vanderbilt holds great appeal for me. First, the PhD program can supply comprehensive and high-level education in epidemiology, as well as sufficient resources and opportunities for students to be well-trained. One student will have at least one mentor and one academic advisor, who will meet you regularly to help you on the right path. Second, I can join a great project of HPV vaccine under the instruction of Dr. Marie Griffin. My co-PI Dr. Carols Grijalva provides me wise suggestions in the academic study. Last but not least, Nashville is a beautiful city, no matter whether you like country music. The weather is nice and neat views everywhere.
"When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves" --- Confucian Analects