Current PhD Students

Meet our current PhD students and their research interests:

Doris Burns

Comprehensive specification of protective gloves based on hazard analysis...

Alexandra Farfalla, MA, MPH, Field Research Associate

Specific research focus on increasing farmers’ use of personal protective equipment with general interests in agricultural health and occupational exposures related to farming and ranching. Part-time student pursuing doctoral degree in Environmental and Occupational Health...

Qianqian (Qianting) Li, MSc, PhD

Interested in environmental epidemiology, health geography, climate health, and fungal diseases. Specific research focus on integrating geoscience technologies and statistical methodology including spatio-temporal statistics, machine learning and other statistical methods into the study of environmental health issues...

Moses O. New-Aaron, MPH, PhD Student

Research interests include hepatotoxic effects of alcohol on HIV-infected hepatocytes, birth outcomes and pesticide-contaminated water, and surveillance of farm-related injuries and illnesses...

Balkissa S. Ouattara, MD, MPH, COPH Research Assistant

I am pursuing a PhD degree in the Environmental and Occupational tract.  I am interested in investigating the health outcomes related to the exposure to nitrate in the drinking water across watersheds in Nebraska...

Jagadeesh Puvvula, MPH, PhD Student

Research interests include environmental epidemiology, water quality, extreme weather events, spatial analytics, and predictive modeling...

Zijian Qin

Air quality, environmental epidemiology, and occupational injury...


Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health and Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology
984388 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4388

Administrative: Rachel Maley
Office: 402-559-8924

UNMC Graduate Studies Office
Phone: 402-559-6531