Public Health

Name of the Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erik L. Carlton

Faculty Mentor's Department: Health Systems Management & Policy (School of Public Health)

Telephone Number and/or Email Address: 901.678.1491 : erik.carlton@memphis.edu

Project Description: A growing body of literature has highlighted the critical role of increased collaboration between healthcare and public health systems, especially for addressing population health and community health improvements. Hospitals are increasingly challenged to meet federal mandates for community benefit, needs assessment and improvement planning. Likewise, local health departments are beset by funding, staffing, and other limitations. The accepted student will participate in active research related to the integration of healthcare and public health systems in the United States. Specifically, the student will learn and assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and dissemination. It is expected that the student will be able to create mentored scholarly products including presentations at on-campus research symposia and other opportunities.

Application or Interview Process: Please include a cover letter describing your skills, qualifications, and current and future interests. Please also include a copy of your resume, unofficial transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Hours per week the student will work: up to 20

Start Date: February 5, 2018

Methods of Compensation: Volunteer or Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu  by Friday, January 26, 2018. Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty member. 


Faculty Mentors:  Drs. Wilfried Karmaus, Yu Jiang, Su Chen

Departments:  Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, and Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information:  901/678-2491; karmaus1@memphis.edu

Project Description: (1) Our overall research interest is to identify etiologic factors, especially epigenetic markers, related to allergic diseases, lung function, obesity, pubertal changes, and growth. Epigenetic markers of our interest are DNA-methylation, the addition of a methyl-group (due to environmental influences) to the DNA, which makes the DNA more or less readable.

(2) We have multiple NIH-funded projects working on life-style/environmental changes between infancy and early adulthood, changes of epigenetic markers measured in infancy, at age 10 and 18 years, during pregnancy, and in the offspring of the cohort members and their impact on diseases. We are also interested to understand whether DNA-methylation at birth predicts the onset of puberty.

(3) We are investigating the effects of maternal pregnancy conditions on DNA-methylation and the role of these epigenetic changes on lung function of their children.

(4) We are team-working with Faculty and PhD and Masters students at the UofM. At the UofM, our task is to bring different pieces of information and different measurements conducted at other Universities together. These are epidemiologic and biostatistical tasks and applications that require environmental, biological understanding, and understanding of social and developmental processes. In addition, we are collaborating with multiple national and international scientists.

(5) We have regular 'lab' meetings and always love to integrate new students. Undergraduate students are welcome. Working with this group offers a lot of ideas and opportunities on how and where to continue in graduate studies.

For our work, see:   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Karmaus_Wilfried
https://youtu.be/NHwuvy-Fw71

Requirements for Student Applicants: Interest in biological and statistical sciences, or environmental health. Ability to learn by doing. Willingness to read a large number of scientific publications. At least 12 months of commitment to successfully complete or participate in a successful analysis of a study of your interest.

Application or Interview Process:  Interested applicants should apply to Drs. Yu Jiang (yjiang4@memphis.edu), Wilfried Karmaus (karmaus1@memphis.edu) at the School of Public Health or Dr. Su Chen (schen4@memphis.edu) in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Please include a resume and a paragraph about your research interests.

Starting Date:  Immediately

Method of Compensation:  Federal Work Study or Volunteer

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu  by Friday, January 26, 2018. Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty member.


Faculty Mentor: Dr. Soumitra Bhuyan

Faculty Mentor's Department: Division of Health Systems Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Telephone/Email: 901-678-3740 / sbhuyan@memphis.edu

Faculty Webpage: http://www.memphis.edu/sph/people/faculty_profiles/bhuyan.php

Project Description: Three current research projects may benefit interested honor students:

1)      Comparative effectiveness of intervention approaches to address breast cancer disparities among minority women

2)      Use of robot-assisted surgeries and its impact on treatment cost for radical prostatectomies

3)      Based on the findings from the Project 1, we will design an intervention program to reduce breast cancer mortality between white and African American women in Memphis. A recent study reported that Memphis is the deadliest major American city (of the largest 25 largest cities) for African-American women with breast cancer.

Requirements: Good academic standing, excellent writing skills, and high motivation to learn. Interested applicants should apply directly to Dr. Bhuyan at sbhuyan@memphis.edu. Please include a resume and a paragraph about your research interests and goals. Special focus and mentorship will be provided towards conducting literature review, basic statistical analysis, and manuscript/proposal writing.

Starting Date: Open

Method of Compensation:  Volunteer 


Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Chunrong Jia

Department:  School of Public Health, Environmental Health Program

Contact Information: (901) 678-2655; cjia@memphis.edu

Project Description: The overall objective of this study is to characterize the concentrations and distributions of organic chemicals and microbes in ambient air and indoor environments, e.g., homes, offices, schools, and public buildings, identify major sources, and assess non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic risks. This study will take the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, in which community residents and organizations are engaged in all phases of the study. The students will gain hands-on experience in environmental monitoring, laboratory analysis, community outreach, and environmental regulation.

Requirements for Student Applicants:  High school level chemistry and biology. Use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Application or Interview Process: Letter of interest and in-person interview.

Hours per week/Starting Date:  Flexible, 10-20 hours; February 1, 2018

Method of Compensation: Federal Work Study; Volunteer

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu by Friday, January 26, 2018. Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty member.