Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

CUNY: Three Students Awarded CEESP fellowships

Three students at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy are recipients of CUNY School of Medicine’s Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) fellowships in 2019. CEESP is aresearch training program funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop the careers of public health students in the field of cancer epidemiology and prevention and control. The program provides funding to students to conduct mentored cancer research in global and U.S. minority settings.

Ms. Zoe Heisler will analyze a breast cancer screening program in Tanzania, where mortality for breast cancer is over 50 percent. She will gather data on the treatment for patients referred by the screening program to determine whether savings in treatment for these patients will outweigh the cost of the screening program itself. If the screening program is shown to be cost-efficient it could encourage the expansion of the program to other areas.

Ms. Lora Kasselman will explore the associations between diet and obesity, the gut microbiome, and colorectal cancer (CRC). She will extract microbial signatures from microbiome studies of diet and obesity and analyze them for overlap with recent meta-analysis results of the CRC-associated microbiome.Ms. Kasselman hopes the study will provide novel insights into the roles of lifestyle in CRC risk, and potentially improve efforts at CRC prevention.

Ms. Karina Castillo will work on identifying the chemical content of electronic cigarette vapors with emphasis on the carcinogenic benzo[a]pyrene and benzene. The study is part of ongoing research collaboration with professor, Dr. Ilias Kavouras, and his colleagues at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and University of Alabama at Birmingham.