Department of Epidemiology

Trainees

Current Pre-doctoral Trainees:

Claire Hahni Kim

Claire Hahni Kim

Ms. Kim was accepted into the Ph.D. program and the T32 Cancer Epidemiology Training Program effective August 1, 2011. She defended her Ph.D. proposal, entitled “Involuntary Smoking, Genetic Susceptibility, and Polymorphisms and Lung Cancer among Never Smokers” and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy on June 14th, 2013. Ms. Kim continues to focus on her doctoral dissertation research; she has two first-authored papers on environmental tobacco smoking and lung cancer published, and one co-authored paper on indoor air pollution and lung cancer has been accepted for publication. She has an additional four manuscripts in preparation.

 

Travis Meyers

Travis Meyers

was accepted into the T32 cancer epidemiology training program on October 1, 2012 and defended his Ph.D. proposal, entitled “Tobacco Carcinogens and Genetic Polymorphisms on Risk and Survival of Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Tract (UADT) Cancers,” on November 26, 2013, and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. He is currently working on associations of tobacco carcinogens and the risk and survival of lung and UADT cancers. During the reporting period, his research results were presented orally at the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO) and International Head and Neck Cancer Consortium (INHANCE) Annual Conferences (2014). He published four co-authored papers during the training period that are related to his previous research before entering the T32 training program.

 

Aileen Baecker

Aileen Baecker

Ms. Baecker was accepted into the T32 training program on October 1, 2013. She took all courses required to fulfill the doctoral requirement during the reporting period and passed her Ph.D. written qualifying examination in January 2014. During the reporting period, Ms. Baecker published three co-author papers and has two manuscripts submitted related to her previous research before entering the T32 training program. She presented a poster entitled, "Adipokines and the Risk of Gestational Diabetes: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," at the 2013 NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day, and received a National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award in 2013. She is currently working on a manuscript on the attributable risk of liver cancer using global incidence and risk factor data. Her Ph.D. proposal will be “MicroRNA, Diet and Pathogenesis of Liver Cancer," which will be defended in the Spring Quarter of 2015.

 

Daniel Keebler

Daniel Keebler

Mr. Keebler was accepted into the T32 training program on October 1, 2013. During the reporting period, he completed all course requirements for the Ph.D. degree and has passed the written Ph.D. qualifying examination. With considerable experience in global health and policy work, he was appointed as a U.S. Department of State Diplomacy Fellow in 2013, with direct advancement to the oral examination component of the Foreign Service Officer selection process (>80% of applicants are screened out prior to this phase). He published three papers related to his research before entering the T32 training program, one of which was a first-authored publication in Lancet Global Health. He presented two meeting abstracts, "How Should HIV Programmes Monitor Adults on ART? A Combined Analysis of Three Mathematical Models” at the International AIDS Society's 7th Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2013; and “The Cost and Impact of Alternative Strategies for Monitoring Adult and Child Patients on ART” at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Modeling to Support Decision-Making Meeting” in Seattle, WA, 2013. He is currently preparing his Ph.D. proposal, to be defended in Spring 2015. His tentative dissertation research will be on “Bioinformatics and Analytic Methods for Omics Data in Cancer Molecular Epidemiology”.

 

Zuelma Esquivel

Zuelma Esquivel
Ms. Esquivel is currently a first year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a major in public health, and was admitted to the UCLA Department of Epidemiology in Fall Quarter, 2013. In her first year of study, her cumulative GPA was 3.96, indicating almost all A’s in core epidemiology methodology courses. Her application to the T32 training Program was reviewed in June 2014, and all members of the T32 Admission Committee are in support of her acceptance into the program as a predoctoral trainee. She started her T32 training in Fall Quarter 2014.
 

Current Post-doctoral Trainees:

 

Fayth Miles, PhD, MS

Fayth Miles, PhD, MS
Dr. Miles entered the T32 Cancer Epidemiology Training Program as a postdoctoral fellow on October 1, 2012. With a Ph.D. in biological sciences, she was admitted into a two-year Master of Science degree program in Epidemiology to help advance her training and career goals in cancer epidemiology, which she completed successfully during the reporting period. Her research in the T32 training program focuses on contributions of pro-inflammatory dietary factors and genetic polymorphisms associated with systemic inflammation to cancer risk or mortality. She has analyzed these associations in cancers of the lung, upper aerodigestive tract, and prostate, and is currently analyzing such associations and gene-environment interactions in the large, prospective Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) cancer screening trial, where she intends to parallel observational studies with biomarker discovery. She has published several first-author papers in cancer and molecular biology, and has three from her postdoctoral training in the T32 training program that are in preparation or review. Dr. Miles was nominated for the prestigious UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research in 2014. She is pursuing a career as an independent investigator in molecular epidemiology and chemoprevention.
 

Alan Fu, MPH, Ph.D

Alan Fu, MPH, Ph.D
Dr. Fu has been appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in the T32 Cancer Epidemiology Training Program on February 1, 2015. He received his B.A. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2006, his M.P.H. degree in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health in 2011, and his Ph.D degree in Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Yale University in 2014. His Ph.D Dissertation was entitled "Cancer beyond the Coding Frontier: miRNAs, piRNAs, and the Epigenome in Human Oncogenesis. He published 17 papers and he was the first author for 4 papers. He will continue to work on molecular epidemiology of cancer.
 

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