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View the profiles of students and alumni who have participated in various GSPD initiatives. Do you have a suggestion for a student or alumni profile? Let us know!

  • Alumni Profile: Teresa Phan

    Teresa Phan is an Interaction Designer at Ascom Americas. Her work focuses on the user experience of the healthcare communication software solutions delivered by the Research and Development team. She is a double Tar Heel, receiving her BA in Public Policy in 2015 and her MS in Information Science in 2020. 1. Tell us a little ...

  • Postdoctoral Scholar Profile: Elizabeth Crofton

    Elizabeth Crofton, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Dr. Crofton was a postdoctoral scholar in the UNC Chapel Hill Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) program from 2017-2020. Dr. Crofton conducted her postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Dr. Melissa ...

  • Student Profile: Shveta Parekh

    Shveta Parekh is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience program in the Psychology & Neuroscience department.   1. Tell us a little more about what  you’re  studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on.  My research focuses on the importance of inflammation throughout addiction. I am currently studying the neuroimmune consequences of chronic heroin use ...

  • Student Profile: Xinyu (Jocelyn) Zhu

    Xinyu (Jocelyn) Zhu is a second-year MPH student in the Nutrition department at Gillings School of Global Public Health. 1. Tell us a little more about what  you’re studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on.  I am currently studying nutrition policy and public health nutrition interventions that target chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. My future research will probably focus on designing and implementing ...

  • Student Profile: Deborah Diekmann

    Deborah Diekmann is studying for a Master’s degree in Literature and Cultural Theories at the University of Tübingen, in Germany. She is currently a visiting student in UNC’s Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Department. She is also part of the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies.  1. Tell us a little more about what ...

  • Student Profile: Linyu Yu

    Linyu Yu is a first year PhD student in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies, within the School of Education. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and what your research focuses on. My current research interests include employing the science of learning (e.g. collaboration, self-regulation, and digital information literacy) to ...

  • Student Profile: Jacob Pawlik

    Jacob Pawlik is a 4th year PhD candidate in the polymer/materials division of the Chemistry Department. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying and what your research focuses on. My research focus is on new battery technologies, namely fluoride-ion batteries. Most people associate fluoride with the cleansing agent in your toothpaste (sodium fluoride), ...

  • Student Profile: Erin Davenport

    Erin Davenport is a second year student in Sociology. She recently defended her Master’s degree and is moving on to study for the PhD in the same program.  1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on. For my Master’s thesis I used fieldnotes, photography, and most ...

  • Student Profile: Laetitia Meyrueix

    Laetitia Meyrueix is a fourth year PhD student in the Nutrition department. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying at the moment and/or what your research focuses on. The overall objective of my research is to better understand how maternal health affects fetal health. I am currently focusing on understanding the effects of gestational diabetes ...

  • Student Profile: Amy Wright

    Amy Wright is a first year student in the Master of Social Work program. 1. Tell us a little more about what you’re studying and what your research focuses on. My concentration is Direct Practice. This year in my field placement I have facilitated a mindfulness group and a social wellness skills group for people with severe and ...