I am a medical geographer broadly interesting in applying analytical methods in spatial epidemiology and disease ecology to examine the population-environment drivers of infectious disease transmission in developing countries. Currently, I am a first year doctoral student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I am also a pre-doctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center and a member of the Spatial Health Research Group under the supervision of Dr. Michael Emch.
I hold a BA and MS in Geography from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign where I concentrated in the application of GIScience methods to public health outcomes situated at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health. Before pursuing my PhD, I worked as the Chief data scientist with a network of sixty grassroots level organizations and policy makers to incorporate scientifically robust data driven evidence in agriculture related policy decisions at finer spatial scales. Through my research, I hope to improve targeted public health interventions through the incorporation of a geospatial context to data and analysis. Outside of my academic work, I enjoy playing badminton and squash, and contribute to open source projects for scientific research.