Graduate Research Topics

Essay, Thesis, and Dissertation Titles from 2022-23 Graduates

Acharya, Geeta (EPIDEM), “Development and Validation of a Walkability Index from Google Street View Audits”

Adodoadji, Linda (EPIDEM), “Factors Associated with COVID-19 Vaccination and Intention to Vaccinate Children Among a Childbearing Population (in Allegheny County, PA)“

Alhazmi, Maha (EOH), “The Role of Air Pollution Exposure in Multiple Sclerosis Development and Progression: The Saudi Arabian Context”

Alicea, Gabriella (EPIDEM), “Preterm Birth Outcomes Among Women with and without SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Six sub-Saharan African Countries”

Alur, Srinidhi (BCHS), “Exploring mental health perceptions among Bhutanese Community members in Allegheny County”

Alvarez, Cynthia (IDM), “A Comparison of Florida and New York Health Policy Approaches to the 2022 Mpox Outbreak”

Arockiaraj, Annie (HUGEN), “Development of a mutation-independent approach to treat merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy type 1A (MDC1A)”

Audette, Kirsten (EPIDEM), “Conceptual and Computational Representations of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness”

Avino, Michaela (BCHS), “Thirty-three years of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Where are we now? Barriers and facilitators to accessing high-quality healthcare for deaf and blind adults in the US”

Bai, Yulong (HUGEN), “Elucidating the role of alternative polyadenylation in cancer by integrated transcriptomic analysis”

Barwatt, Holly (EPIDEM), “Contamination of Ring Dosimeters and Hands Among Providers Performing Invasive Procedures: A Quality Improvement Project”

Becerra, Ysabella (HPM), “Enhancing Oncology Delivery: The Intersection of Telemedicine and Employee Engagement on Patient Experience”

Bellino, Diana (IDM), “Exploring vaccine hesitancy spread through social contagion theory: A case study on COVID-19 in the U.S. and implications for public health practice”

Bequeath, Matthew (IDM),

Beresford, Ruel (EPIDEM), “Relating West African Ancestry and Genetic Admixture to Health Phenotypes in the To-bago Cohort Study Population”

Bittle-Dockery, Darius (BCHS), “Chronic Confusion: The Information Ecology and Chronic Illness Management of Syrian Refugees in Jordan”

Bizhanova, Zhadyra (EPIDEM), “Adherence to the Physical Activity Goal in mHealth Weight Loss Trial among Adults with Overweight or Obesity”

Boan, Rebecca (IDM), “Endoscopic Sampling to Determine Clostridium difficile Prevalence and Quality of Endoscopic Processing”

Bols, Miriam (MULTI), “Xerostomia in those 60 and older”

Bombal, Elizabeth (HUGEN), “Assessment and Development of Educational Resources for Hajdu-Cheney Syndrome”

Borst, Paige (HPM), “Healthcare Through the Payer Lens: Targeting Social Determinants of Health, Improving the Member Experience, and Increasing Access to Care”

Bowden, Adena (EPIDEM), “The Impact of Weight Stigma Among Women with High Weight on Maternal and Birth Outcomes: A Scoping Review”

Bracho, Asier (HUGEN), “Investigation of mlh-3 AND mlh-1 IN C. elegans”

Brady, Kailey (EOH), “The Mismanagement of Harmful Algal Blooms: Freshwater and Public Water Systems”

Brennen, Bailey (HPM), "Advocating for Policy Guaranteeing the Right to Receive Sterilization”

Brennsteiner, Daniel (HUGEN), “A Focus on Interventions to Increase Rates of Genetic Services for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer”

Brignol, Myrna (HPM), “Increasing Access to Quality Care for Temple Health’s Patient Population and the Residents of North Philadelphia”

Brubaker, Sara (BCHS), “Intimate Partner Violence in Community-Dwelling Long Term Older Adult Couples with Cognitive Decline: A Scoping Review”

Bruno, Breanna (HPM), “Outpatient Clinic Standardization; Ensuring Best Practices During Clinic Flow”

Brzozowski, Morgan (HUGEN), “Patient uptake and satisfaction with genetic counseling service delivery models in adults with retinal dystrophies”

Cable, Morgan (BCHS) “Understanding How Domestic Violence Support Services for Women and Children in Transitional Housing Promotes Positive Health Outcomes”

Campbell, Ryan (IDM), “Literature review examining the biological, epidemiological, and pathogenic properties of a neglected tropical disease: Rabies”

Campbell, Willa (BCHS), “Implementing Harm Reduction Approaches in K-12 Pittsburgh Public Schools as a Strategy for Reducing School-initiated Juvenile Legal System Referrals: A Program Proposal”

Carden, Melissa (BCHS), “Stress and Mental Health Among Single Mothers in the United States Since 2010: A Scoping Review”

Carr, Mary (HPM), “Improving Health Equity for Vulnerable Communities”

Casas, Andrea (EPIDEM), “The Impact of the Public Housing Demolition Process On Violent Crime in Pittsburgh, PA”

Cason, Isaac (BCHS), “Food Insecurity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An Evaluation of Just Harvest’s Community Interventions”

Cenname, Alexis (BIOST), “The Association Between VMAT2 Gene Polymorphisms and the Development of Schizophrenia”

Chapa, Larisa (IDM), “An Update on Nipah Virus: Past Lessons, Current Efforts and Future Goals”

Charnego, Madalyn (HUGEN), “Analyzing readability and suitability of webpages related to genetic counseling and genetic testing” and “Organizational health literacy and creating suitable examples for genetic counseling and genetic testing”

Cheng, Jessica (EPIDEM), “Diet Quality Improvement in Weight Loss Trials”

Cheung, Steven (EPIDEM), “Animal Bite and Rabies Surveillance in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 2021”

Chun-On, Pattra (EOH), “Recurrent TPP1 Promoter Mutations Drive Telomere Maintenance in Melanoma”

Church, Kit (HUGEN), “Genetic Literacy and Participation in Genetic Research Among Pacific Islanders Living in the US and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands”

Cioffi, Kate (HUGEN), “Adherence to Management Recommendations and Initiation of Cascade Genetic Testing in Probands with Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Syndromes”

Clifford, Adrian (IDM), “Residual Moisture Following Endoscope Reprocessing and Drying”

Cornelio, Noelle (HPM), “Eligibility and Enrollment in Medicaid for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: The Role of State Policy”

Crowhurst, Kirsten (BCHS), “Landscape of Maternal Mortality, Maternal Mental Health and Community-Based Interventions in the United States and Southwestern Pennsylvania”

Cui, Di (HPM), “Information technology impacts on healthcare cost and quality of patient care”

Czernikowski, Dara (IDM), “Filtering Out the Bad: Healthcare Worker Compliance of Dialysis Practices in a Pediatric Setting”

Da Costa, Damian (HPM), “Policy Determinants of Medicaid Nursing Home Use in Pennsylvania, 2013-2019”

Dailey, Deanna (IDM), “A new understanding of Ebola Virus Disease: A review of post Ebola syndrome and viral persistence”

Dang, Trang (HUGEN), “Effect of library preparation on differential gene expression in RNA sequencing”

Dempsey, Matthew (EPIDEM), “Evaluating the Structure and Performance of Nordic Public Health Surveillance Systems: A Literature Review”

Denic-Roberts, Hristina (EPIDEM), “Risk of longer-term neurological and endocrine/metabolic conditions in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Coast Guard Cohort study”

Derba, Chloe (HPM), “The Effects and Implications of Release Policies in Allegheny County Jail During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Di, Matthew (HPM), “Assessing Quality Improvement Efforts in the Disability Service Field”

Dickson, Chelsea (HPM), “Collective Care When There Is No Cure: An Evaluation of Dementia Friendly Initiatives”

Dioguardi, Jasmine (HUGEN), “Detecting Remission in Ulcerative Colitis Patients: Finding A Universal Definition”

Do, Phuc (HUGEN), “Survey of the Genetic Counselor Perspective Regarding the 2020 ACOG Guideline Update Recommending the Routine Offering of NIPT in All Pregnancies”

Doyle, Hunter (EPIDEM), “Correcting Misattribution of Clostridioides difficile in a Healthcare Setting: A Novel Approach”

Dreikorn, Erika (HUGEN), “The Cellular Mechanisms of AVM formation in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)”

Driscoll, Jordan (HUGEN), “Comparison of Genome-Wide Association Study Approaches: Meta-Analysis vs Mega-Analysis”

Dryzal, Dana (HPM), “The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion on Maternal Health Outcomes”

Dunbar, Ellyn (HUGEN), “Psychiatric and Pain Risk Genes that May Worsen Quality of Life in Chronic Pancreatitis Patients”

Dyer, Harika (EPIDEM), “Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Cardiometabolic Outcomes in Urban Jamaica: Exploring Novel Measures”

Erdogan-Yildirim, Zeynep (HUGEN), “Examining polycystic ovary syndrome and its relevant biomarkers in Samoan women via machine learning-based phenotyping and genome-wide association studies”

Ericson, Rhianna (HUGEN), “Assessing Community Strengths and Needs within Rural Municipalities in Allegheny County, PA”

Fang, Yusi (BIOST), “Methods for Combining Frequent or Sparse Signals in Omics Applications”

Fanning, Erin (EPIDEM), “Fatigue Measurement in Occupational Populations”

Fields, Bayley (IDM), “Genetic Polymorphisms in LRP1, A Newly Identified Receptor for Emerging Bunyaviruses”

Flage, Bethany (IDM), “The role of hemoglobin variants in Plasmodium falciparum sexual differentiation”

Fleming, Bailee (EPIDEM), “West Nile Virus in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 2022 - A Surveillance Report”

Flick, Kaylea (HUGEN), “Conjunctival Melanoma from an Epigenetic Perspective”

Fort, Annamaria (EPIDEM), “Literature Review on the Impact of the Menopausal Transition on Measures of Arterial Stiffness”

Fowler, Erin (IDM),

Frank, David (EPIDEM), “Disparities in Guideline-Recommended Statin Use for Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease by Race, Ethnicity, and Sex: A Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional Analysis of Adults in the United States.”

Freeman, Alec (HPM), “Improving Physician Job Satisfaction Through Interdepartmental Process Improvement Efforts at a Mid-Atlantic Multi-Location Cancer Center”

Fu, Haoyi (BIOST), “Bayesian Clustering and Modeling Approaches for the Analysis of Brain-Imaging Data”

Galea, Lucy (HUGEN), “Healthcare providers' perspectives on genetic counselors”

Gao, Yitong (HPM), “Examining impacts of public policies on chronic non-cancer pain and mental health outcomes”

Garcia, Lauren (HUGEN), “Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Genetic Counseling: Engaging with Undergraduate Students”

Gardner, Leandra (HPM), “An analysis to Assess the Effectiveness of Productivity and Cost Management in Multidisciplinary Research Labs and the Impact on Division Operations”

Garritano, Samantha (EPIDEM), “The Effect of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) on Sleep among Midlife Women with Depression: A SWAN Study”

Gay, Emma (EPIDEM), “Disparities in Lung Cancer Diagnosis During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Western Pennsylvania”

Gehris, Lysia (HPM), “Health Insurers Addressing Social Needs: Opportunities for Effective Social Spending and Returns on Investment”

Geniviva, Morgan (HUGEN), “Comparing BWA and Bowtie 2 Aligners in RNA-Seq Differential Expression Analyses”

Gildea, Maura (BCHS), “Menstrual Practices, Beliefs, and Traditions of Menstruating People in Nepal: A Scoping Review of the Qualitative Evidence”

Glover, Carly (HPM), “Drug Free Moms and Babies: A Care Model Analysis”

Goobie, Gillian (HUGEN), “Environmental Impacts on Clinical Outcomes and the Epigenome in Patients with Fibrotic Interstitial Lung Disease”

Gruschow, Kathleen (EPIDEM), “Effect of Residential Proximity and Exposure to Municipal and Industrial Waste sites on Childhood Cancers: A Literature Review”

Gutwein, Amanda (MULTI), “Health Literacy and Pediatric Asthma”

Henderson, Alexis (EPIDEM), “The Potential Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Health Disparities in Dermatology: A Literature Review”

Herdzik, Nicole (EPIDEM), “The Effect of Celiac Disease on Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: A Systematic Literature Review”

Hernandez, Samantha (EPIDEM), “The Association between Gentrification and Social Determinants of Health in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania”

Hertrich, Ashley (HPM), “Barriers to Care: Value of Provider Communication on Drug Interactions”

Hlavin, Callie (MULTI), “Barriers to Bariatric Surgery: A Mixed Methods Study Investigating Obstacles Between Clinic Contact and Surgery”

Hoffman, Beth (BCHS), “Leveraging Entertainment Narratives to Decrease Adolescent E-Cigarette Use”

Hoffman, Caroline (EPIDEM), “Evaluation of Groundwater Samples in Hydraulic Fracturing and Non-Fracturing Counties from 2015 to 2021 Using the Pennsylvania Groundwater Quality Monitoring Network”

Hohman, Emma (HPM), “Revitalizing Healthcare Staffing: Tactics to Address Burnout and Burden within Anesthesiology and Chronic Pain Management”

Hsiao, Wei-Hsin (EPIDEM), “Multidimensional sleep health during pregnancy- The influences of prenatal depression and experiences of racial discrimination”

Hughes Kramer, Kailey (EPIDEM), “Seasonal Influenza Vaccination: Understanding Vaccine Effectiveness in Immunocompromised Adults”

Hwang, Mindy (EPIDEM), “YoungMoms Study: Neonatal Outcomes and Maternal Characteristics Associated with Prenatal Use of Cannabis and/or Tobacco”

Iyer, Stuthi (EPIDEM), “Prevalence of Peripheral Artery Disease Among Adults with Sepsis”

Jabaut, Jennifer (BCHS), “You Can’t Train Autism Out of Me”: Identifying Themes from Autistic Adults’ Social Media Content about Applied Behavior Analysis”

Ji, Lawrence (IDM), “Seroprevalence of prior infections of common human coronaviruses in children in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the associations between race, sex and age on seropositivity”

Jimcosky, Amanda (HUGEN), “Qualitative Exploration of the Health Implications of Anorexia Nervosa in Transgender and Gender-Diverse Individuals”

Jones, Kristen (EPIDEM), “Symptoms of psychological distress within lung transplant recipients and its association with perceived and objective lung function”

Joshi, Niva (EPIDEM), “Meta-analysis on prevalence of COPD in Japan”

Kash, Madeline (BIOST), “Ordinal Logistic Regression to Determine Predictors of Stigma Against People with Substance Use Disorders”

Klawson, Emily (BCHS) 

Klein, Evan (HPM), “Expanding Access to Care through Public Transit”

Kluver, Mikaela (EPIDEM), “Clean-Catch Urine Specimen and Urinary Tract Infection Rates Analysis at a Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital”

Knapo, Julia (HUGEN), “Assessing patient empowerment in caregivers of patients with autism spectrum disorder”

Knight, Briana (IDM), “The link between COVID-19 and Sepsis:  a two-year retrospective study in McKeesport, Pennsylvania”

Koduri, Roopa Pravallika (IDM), “Factors associated with quality of life among people living with HIV in India”

Koloskee, Amanda (HUGEN), “Effect of Exercise on DNA Methylation Age Acceleration in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy”

Kowalewski, Katelyn (EOH), “The Prevalence of Silicosis Among Industry Workers: A Rising Public Health Crisis”

Kraynak, Rachel (HPM), “The Year of the Employee: Reimagining the Employee Experience at UPMC St. Margaret Through Strategic and Process Improvement Initiatives”

Kumar, Aditya (BCHS), “Childhood Thriving in Urban and Rural Areas during COVID-19”

Lachow, Kelsey (HPM), “Caring for Caregivers: How Pennsylvania Can Support Older Adult Family Caregiver Mental Health”

Lakshmikanth, Harshitha (HPM), “Patient Experience: Optimization of the Discharge Phase”

Lee, Hansol (HPM), “Identifying Associations Between Workforce Shortages In Mental Health And Access To Care For Medicaid Patients With Depressions: a review of the literature”

Lee, Madison (HUGEN), “Analysis of Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)├óΓé¼Γäós Digital Health Literacy Improvement Program BOAST”

Lei, Junmin (IDM), “Recommended Public Health Strategies for Hepatitis B in China”

Leonard-Murali, Shravan (EPIDEM), “Uveal Melanoma Immunogenomics Predict Immunotherapy Resistance and Susceptibility”

Li, Jiatong (EPIDEM), “Relationship between extracranial carotid artery calcification and β-amyloid deposition in the brain among the very old: a retrospective study”

Liu, Jiaqian (BIOST), “Prediction of Severe Asthma Outcomes in Children on EHR Data”

Lu, Hexin (EOH), “Comparison of Aflatoxin-Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the United States and China”

Luosang, Dawa (EPIDEM), “Improving Compliance to a Standardized Protocol to Reduce Head and Neck Surgical Site Infections”

Lyu, Lingyun (BIOST), “Imputation-Based Q-learning for Optimizing Dynamic Treatment Regimes with Time-to-Event Data”

MacKinnon, Anna (HUGEN), “Rural-urban differences in oral health indicators in children living in Northern Appalachia”

Mahapatra, Durga (BCHS), “Exploring Pathways to Integrating Traditional Medicine Into Public Health Programming: Curandero Services for Quechua Communities in Ayacucho, Peru”

Mahboob, Noreen (HPM), “Improving Surgical Service Processes”

Mahoney, Rina (HUGEN), “Assessment of Barriers to Family Medicine Practitioners Implementing Population-Based Carrier Screening in Primary Care”

Mallik, Anisha (BCHS), “A Community-Managed Sanitation Program for the Residents of the Majnu Ka Tila Pakistani-Hindu Refugee Camp in Delhi, India”

Mangal, Krishnendu (IDM), “The Impact of a Changing Public Health Approach to Preventing COVID-19 in Inpatient Psychiatric Setting”

Manhart, April (HUGEN), “Examining the Effects of Precipitation and Temperature on Mosquito Population Density and West Nile Virus Positive Samples in Allegheny County from 2016-2022”

Martina, Jamie (BCHS), “'But is it feasible?’ Perceived barriers to implementing community feedback from marginalized populations for a novel sexual health clinic among healthcare providers”

Martuscelli, Andrew (HUGEN), “Assessment of Online Resources Pertaining to Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing”

Maull, Emilee (EPIDEM), “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Opioid Epidemic in Southern West Virginia”

Maurer, Alexandra (EPIDEM), “Testing Correlation of Clostridioides difficile PCR Cycle Threshold Value, Toxin Positivity, and Clinical Symptoms”

McNulty, Joseph (IDM), “The Impact of CD40L on Mature Dendritic Cell and DC-Derived EV Subsets”

Miikeda, Aika (HUGEN), “Investigating the Association Between Lynch Syndrome and the Prevalence of Autoimmune Disorders”

Mininger, Andrew (HPM), “Enhancing the Experience of Stakeholders in Healthcare.”

Minion, Sarah (EPIDEM), “Associations of spatial accessibility to maternity care services and adverse pregnancy outcomes”

Minnie, Scarlett (HPM), “UPMC Department of Medicine Outpatient Patient Experience: Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Patient Experience”

Mitrick, Gracen (HUGEN), “Analysis of Expanded Carrier Screening Panels for Use in UPMC Primary Care Clinics”

Moore, Mikaela (EPIDEM), “Associations between sexual violence and sexting behaviors in urban youth”

Morder, Kristin (IDM), “Changes in the Microbiome After Cancer Treatment: Are We Setting Patients Back Before They Begin?”

Mukundan, Aishwarya (EPIDEM), “Race, Meaning and Purpose in Life, and Markers of Brain Health for Alzheimer’s Disease”

Murphy, Jaelyn (BCHS), “Peripartum Administration of Synthetic Oxytocin (Pitocin) and Postpartum Mood Disorders: A Scoping Review”

Nadkarni, Abhijay (EPIDEM), “Association of Plasma Neuronal and Astrocytic Damage Biomarkers with Gait Measures: The Cardiovascular Health Study”

Nahas, Danielle (HPM), “Promoting Growth of Specialty Services within Emergency Medicine and Enhanced Advanced Practice Provider Integration & Satisfaction”

Nasser, Amro (IDM), “Antibody-Dependent Complement Activation and DENV3 Disease Severity”

Nelson IV, Charlie (HUGEN), “The Development of a Conditional Knock-In Mouse Model for the Study of Embryonically Lethal Rare Pathogenic Variants of GEMIN5”

Norwood, Alexis (HPM), “Expanding Patient Access through the Broadening of Medical Services, Process Improvement, and Standardization of Appointment Scheduling”

Oanesa, Rae Denise (EPIDEM), “Evidence for Use of Validated Sepsis Screening Tools in the Prehospital Setting: A Systematic Search and Narrative Review”

Oberschmidt, Rebecca (HUGEN), “Correlating clinical findings with genetic testing results in patients with concern for connective tissue disorders - a retrospective chart review”

Oranburg, Talia (HUGEN), “Establishing model systems to study mechanisms of cell specificity in  Autosomal Dominant Leukodystrophy”

Ortiz, Kayla (BCHS), Trans and Nonbinary Voices: “Using Visual Voices to Examine Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Experiences Among Transgender and Nonbinary Survivors of IPV”

Ou, Yang (BIOST), “Estimation of Causal Treatment Effect for Clustered Observational Data with Unmeasured Confounding”

Parchuri, Ektha (EPIDEM), “Triage Status is a Predictor of Higher Emergency Department Utilization Among Traumatically Injured Patients with Sickle Cell Disease”

Periyapatna, Nivitha (IDM), “Program Development for Persons with Mental Illness for the Reduction of HIV and STIs”

Pokutnaya, Darya (EPIDEM), “Developing and validating a comprehensive implementation framework for reporting reproducible infectious disease computational modeling studies”

Porter, James (MULTI), “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Emergency Department”

Preston, Shayla (BCHS), “Evaluating Rates and Interventions Related to Black Maternal Mortality in Pennsylvania”

Printz, Olivia (EPIDEM), “Patterns of Drug Poisoning and Adverse Cardiovascular Disease Event Mortality in Pennsylvania”

Qiao, Yujia (EPIDEM), “Development and Application of Novel Accelerometry-based Index of Performance Fatigability in Older Adults”

Ramani, Aparna (HPM), “Association between Medicaid/WIC enrollment and racial equity in pregnancy outcomes before and after Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania”

Raslevich, Amy (HPM), “The Role of Race, Place, and Social Determinants of Health in Disparate Utilization of Pediatric Preventive Care Services in a Medicaid Population”

Ravi, Samhita (IDM), “Time of Infection Affects Outcomes in Patients with Alcoholic Hepatitis”

Ravi, Subeksha (IDM), “Assessing T-cell cross-reactivity to SARS-CoV-2 variants”

Ressler, Deidra (EPIDEM), “Genetic Epidemiology of Ankle Brachial Index and Peripheral Artery Disease in the Long Life Family Study”

Roach, David (EPIDEM), “The Acceptance of Free-Floating Biomarker Concentration as a Validated Measurement of Sleep Deprivation Related Endothelial Function in Shift Workers: A Narrative Literature Review”

Robasky, Sara (HPM), “Applying Lean Principles to Long-Term Care Settings”

Robb, Rachel (MULTI), “Optimization of Automated Dispensing Cabinets at a Large Academic Medical Center”

Roostaeian, Nastaran (BCHS), “Landscape Scan of Services for Expectant and New Mothers with Substance/opioid Use Disorder in Allegheny County”

Rowe, Naydia (BCHS), “Food Deserts and Faulty Foundations: How Urban Food Deserts Impact Childhood Development and Education”

Ruggiero, Leah (HPM),

Runa, Samantha (HUGEN), “Diagnostic rates of Rapid Exome Sequencing in Critical Settings”

Ruzicka, Anna (HPM), “Congressional Districting in the United States: The Implications of Gerrymandering on Health Outcomes”

Saldivar, Marcy (BCHS), “Youth Violence Prevention in Aliquippa, PA”

Sanchez, Alexander (HPM), “Algorithms and Race in the Pursuit of Equitable Health Care Quality Policy”

Savariau, Laura (HUGEN), “E-Cadherin Loss and Other Drivers of Invasive Lobular Breast Carcinoma”

Scaief, Destiny (HPM), “Improving the Patient Experience Through Hospital Operations at UPMC Shadyside”

Scales, Laura (HPM), “The Cost of Agency Nursing: A Conceptual Analysis and Potential Path Forward”

Schafer, Mathea (IDM), “Observation of Neurosurgical Operating Room Door Traffic to Establish Baseline for Intraoperative Prevention of Surgical Site Infections”

Schenk, Kelly (IDM), “Co-infection of Tick-borne Pathogens in Ixodes scapularis Ticks in Southwest Pennsylvania”

Schiff, Mary (EPIDEM), “Exposure to Changing Neighborhood Conditions and Cardiovascular Health Across the Menopausal Transition”

Schmidt, Alexandra (HUGEN), “Investigating the Role of Sirt2 in Hepatic Metabolism with Application to Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

Schwarz, Madeline (IDM), “Lrp1 is an essential host factor for Rift Valley fever virus and other bunyaviruses”

Scott, Sarah (BCHS), “Economic Abuse of Women Globally: Experiences, Health Impacts, and Interventions: A Scoping Review”

Senthilkumar, Shreyaa (IDM), “Investigating the role of Nef in HIV infection-induced dysregulation of innate immune cell function”

Shackleford, Marcus (IDM), “The function of C-type lectins in chikungunya virus attachment and binding”

Shepherd, Sarah Helen (EPIDEM), “A Literature Review of Gestational Weight Restriction Among Individuals with Obesity and its Association with Neonatal Outcomes”

Shetty, Impana (HUGEN), “The Perspectives of Applicants on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives and Admissions Processes of Genetic Counseling Training Programs”

Shi, Hui (EPIDEM), “24-hour movement behaviors and cognitive performance in older adults: a compositional and isotemporal reallocation analysis”

Sierra, Emily (BCHS), “Using PhotoVoice to explore environmental sustainability among Latinos in an emerging community”

Singh, Amrit (EPIDEM), “Improving Health Outcomes for Afghan Refugees with Tuberculosis in Allegheny County”

Sinha, Neha (IDM), “Retrospective analysis of Demographic incidences and risk factors for hospital acquired Clostridioides difficile infection”

Smith, Jordan (HPM), “The Impact of Racial and Socioeconomic Factors in Relation to Access to Abortion Care in a Post-Dobbs United States: A Narrative Review”

Spadafora, Mia-Ann (HPM), “Improving Clinic Throughput in a Pediatric Outpatient Setting”

Spangler, Julie (MULTI), “The Impact of Intravenous Push Lacosamide on Efficiency in Provision of Patient Care”

Spor, Lauren (HUGEN), “Cancer Risks for Carriers of Germline Pathogenic Variants in Xeroderma Pigmentosum Genes”

Stancil, Jordan (EOH), “Environmental Injustice and Lead Contamination: Exploring Outcomes in Allegheny County, PA”

Strauss, Joshua (EPIDEM), “Telomere Length and Clonal Chromosomal Aberrations in Peripheral Blood Samples of Patients with Severe Aplastic Anemia”

Strickland, Skylar (HPM),

Stumpo, Sara (IDM), “Increasing Hand Hygiene Compliance Through Priming Interventions”

Stynchula, Gracie (HUGEN), “Gene-Disease Clinical Validity for Whole Genome Sequencing Standard Operating Procedure for Patients with Treatment Refractory Depression”

Su, Zizhou (BCHS), “Measuring the accessibility of the home-delivered food program”

Swanson, Drew (EOH),

Swann, Frank (HUGEN), “Attitudes and Perceptions of Clinical Genetic Testing Among Pacific Islanders Living in the United States and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI)”

Swart, Elizabeth (EPIDEM), “Early-life Lead Exposure and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children: An Umbrella Review of Systematic Reviews”

Tallapaneni, Pooja (EPIDEM), “Prehabilitation and Perioperative Optimization of Cardiac Surgical Patients: A Retrospective Chart Review”

Talukdar, Priyanka (IDM), “Type III interferons are expressed in tuberculosis granulomas and can enhance anti-mycobacterial activity of macrophages”

Tan, Xiaoqing (BIOST), “Causal Inference under Data Restrictions”

Tedesco, Nicholas (BIOST), “Facilities Accepting Oil and Gas Waste and Birthweight: An Exploratory Bayesian Analysis”

Tom, Aiyana-Mei (IDM), “Improving the 3D-CNS Brain Organoid Model to study Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) Neuropathogenesis: Inclusion of the Blood-Brain Barrier”

Totoni, Samantha (EOH), “Game meat and lead-based ammunition: aiming for progress in public health”

Trate, Drew (HPM), “Improving Patient Access to Outpatient Cardiology Services: Three Approaches”

Trivedi, Ami (MULTI), “Supportive fathers can promote children’s oral health”

Vincze, Sarah (HUGEN), “Describing the Clinical and Public Health Utility of a Novel Immuno-PET Imaging Agent, 89Zr-DFO-CD69 Ab”

Walters, Sara (IDM), “Astrovirus and Sapovirus in Children with Acute Gastroenteritis”

Wang, Xinjun (BIOST), “Statistical Learning and Analysis of Single-cell Multi-omics data”

Ward, Natalie (EPIDEM), “Buprenorphine Access and Utilization for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Pennsylvania”

Wasilko, Rachel (BCHS), “The Health Impact of Shale Gas Development on Birthing People and Their Infants: A Critical Literature Synthesis”

Watts, Alex (BIOST), “Assessing the Effect of Weather on Bike Share Usage in Philadelphia”

Weaver, Zoe (IDM), “Investigating macro- and microparasite coinfection dynamics in white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus)”

Wehr, Jamie (HUGEN), “Genome-wide Association Study of Type 2 Diabetes in Samoans”

Weiss, Colleen (EOH), “Retrospective on Structure Activity Relationships with a Focus on Tamoxifen in the Treatment of Breast Cancer”

Wenger, Lea (HPM), “The Lifecycle of an Insurance Product”

Wilhelm, Breanna (HPM), “Creating a Positive Employee and Patient Experience Amid Staffing Crisis

Wilson, Chloe (EPIDEM), “A Case Study on the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale: Translations and Cross-Cultural Adaptations”.

Witten, Joshua (HUGEN), “Comparison of Genotype Imputation on Chromosome 5 in a Population Isolate Using Haplotypes Phased with and without TOPMed Genotypes”

Wittner, Victoria (HUGEN) “Pennsylvania Cancer Coalition’s Genetics/Genomics Toolkit Assessment Survey”

Xu, Zhongying (BIOST), “Novel Adaptive Trial Designs for Studies with a Composite Endpoint of Morbidity and Mortality”

Xun, Xiaoshuang (EPIDEM), Phthalate Exposure During Pregnancy and Infant Development: infant size adjustment, evaluating phthalate mixtures, and exposure patterns

Yin, RuoFei (BIOST), “Artifact of detecting biomarkers associated with sequencing depth in RNA-seq”

Yoder, Courtney (BCHS), “Harm Reduction Approaches to Opioid Use During Pregnancy in the United States: A Scoping Review”

Young, Ernest (IDM), “Seasonal Ixodes Scapularis Phenology in Southwest Pennsylvania”

Zhu, Xinran (EOH), “Women's Occupational Health and Menstruation: The impact of dysmenorrhea on women in the workplace”

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