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Eric Mishio Bawa, Doctoral Student

Eric Mishio Bawa is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the Arnold School of Public Health. He is a Field Epidemiologist, with training from the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (GFELTP). He is also a AHPC licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist. His core competencies as a field epidemiologist are surveillance system design and evaluation, surveillance data analysis, outbreak investigations, and manuscript writing. As a laboratory scientist, his responsibilities are testing, quality control and laboratory management. Currently, Eric is a Graduate Assistant (GA) at the Office of the Study of Aging (OSA).

Afsaneh Fallahi, Doctoral Student

Afsaneh Fallahi is a doctoral student and a research assistant in the department of Epidemiology. she obtains her BS from Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and MA from Tehran University, Iran in Health care Management (HCM). Afsaneh’s research interests are mostly about older adults’ challenges and mental problems (fall, depression and etc.), long-term care, as well as hospitalization costs.  She grew up and studied in Iran, and is bilingual in Farsi and English.

Kimberly Flicker, Doctoral Student

Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior of the Arnold School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from The University of Texas at Dallas.  As an Arnold Fellow, she is interested in improving the quality of life of aging populations in diverse communities.

Ally Hucek, Doctoral Student

Ally Hucek is a Ph.D. student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, and the Certificate of Graduate Study in Aging program. Her research focuses on preventive screenings for breast, ovarian and cervical cancer. In addition, her research interests further include dementia, social isolation among older adults, and older adults impacted by COVID-19. Ms. Hucek attended the University of Kentucky, where she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health. She was awarded the Arnold School of Public Health Fellowship for the academic years 2021 – 2023 for her academic achievements and dedication to public health research.

Fanli Yi, Doctoral Student

Fanli Yi is a Ph.D. Candidate of Epidemiology. Her research interests are on evaluating the impacts of cardiovascular procedures on the trend of coronary heart disease in Western Australia; the Affordable care act and Medicare on the incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer in South Carolina; and the periodontal antibodies on the cognitive function. Fanli has expertise in unique data linkages, administrative data claims analysis, data management of complex data systems, creation of complex data coding algorithms for clinical procedures, and analysis and interpretation of scientific findings.

Rithika Markanti, Master’s Student

Rithika Markanti  is a dynamic and results-oriented Health Information Technology student with a passion for utilizing technology to improve healthcare delivery. In search of a demanding position where she can use her knowledge of data management, IT solutions, and health informatics to enhance operational effectiveness and enhance patient outcomes. Committed to keeping up with industry trends, adopting creative solutions, and working with teams from different departments to optimize healthcare information systems. She is excited to her experience in health information technology to help with the smooth integration of electronic health records, protect the security and quality of data, and ease the shift to value-based care.

Glaucia Salgado, Master's Student

Glaucia Salgado is a Master of Science Candidate at Duke University, Institute of Global Health in North Carolina, US. She holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and an undergraduate degree in Physical Education from the Adventist University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Glaucia has worked with community-based seniors services and has received six awards for academic excellence including an award for her thesis with ethnic minority immigrant older adults. Besides presenting her work with older adults on international conferences, she has eleven published articles and book chapters in Brazil and Canada. She is currently involved with a study on dementia among older adult incarcerated in US prison system and another project in Canada on gender-based violence.