EB trainees contribute to all aspects of our research. Our fellows, many of them Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) recipients, have experience and interests across a broad range of areas in perinatal and pediatric epidemiology.
Susanna Mitro, PhD, MPH is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Katherine Grantz. Her postdoctoral research has focused on uterine fibroids in pregnancy in the Fetal Growth Study. She earned her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University in 2020, where she conducted research on PFAS concentrations in pregnancy and maternal postpartum health outcomes.
Sifang Kathy Zhao, PhD, MPH is a postdoctoral fellow working with Drs. Cuilin Zhang and Edwina Yeung on understanding epigenetic changes in the placenta during pregnancy. Using data from the Fetal Growth Study, her research focuses on examining the potential trans-generational effects of maternal dietary and lifestyle factors (such as physical activity) on placental DNA methylation. Kathy received her master’s degree from Boston University School of Public Health concentrating in epidemiology and biostatistics in 2016. In 2020, she completed her doctoral training in epidemiology at Vanderbilt University where she examined the influence of cumulative vigorous activity on pregnancy-related outcomes.
Kristen Polinski, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Edwina Yeung on the Upstate KIDS Study and the EAGeR Trial. Her current research examines early life exposures and long-term health outcomes using epigenetic approaches in large epidemiologic studies. She completed her doctoral degree in epidemiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2020.