Members

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Saikawa Group Picture in Fall 2017

 

Students

Ph.D.

Sam Peters
Sam Peters is a third-year Ph.D. student in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and has worked in the group since Fall 2015.His research interests focus on the environmental impact of agricultural practices. He is currently researching the effects of mulch systems on soil greenhouse gas emissions. He plans to expand this work to urban agriculture sites in Atlanta and the EMBRAPA agricultural research center in Petrolina, Brazil, in the winter of 2017, funded by the Borlaug Fellowship. Outside of the lab, Sam teaches about his research in the classroom through the ORDER Fellowship, and write free lance science and health journalism for Georgia Health News.

Wenlu Ye
Wenlu Ye is a first-year Ph.D. student in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and has worked in the group since Spring 2015, when she was a master’s student in development practice (MDP) at Emory. Her research interests focus on the health impact of air pollution and climate change in developing countries, global environmental health policy and implementation science. 

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Ka Ming Fung is a visiting Ph.D. student from the Graduate Division of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests are in food security, air quality, and nitrogen cycle. His current projects focus on using DeNitrification-DeComposition (DNDC) biogeochemical model and Community Land Model (CLM) to simulate sustainable farming practices, e.g. intercropping, to investigate their beneficial effects on the environment. He wishes someday his work can be transformed into real policies that could make a better world. Though Ka Ming is an adventurous geek who is very active on social media, he is also a gym-goer. He would like to devote his spare time to communicate with young scientists and, if needed, provide them with support and guidance.

Master’s

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Candelaria Bergero has been involved in the group since Fall 2017. She was born in Córdoba, Argentina and has lived in Mexico, the UK, Sweden and her home country (obviously). Candelaria studied Political Science and International Relations and is now a first-year master’s student in Environmental Sciences. Merging her two passions, she wants to do research in environmental policy – mainly policy diffusion in the energy sector.

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Chen Chen is a first-year master’s student in Environmental Sciences and has been involved in the group since Fall 2017. His research interests include atmospheric chemistry modeling, air pollution, and marine chemistry. His current research is focusing on ship emissions in the region of Shanghai.

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Wanyi Yang is a first-year master’s student in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and has been involved in the group since Spring 2018. She is from Chongqing, China but also spent a few years in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her research interests include assessment of indoor and outdoor air quality in urban areas, health impact of air pollution in children, and water balance in soil.

Undergraduates

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Halle Bradshaw is a senior and has been in the lab since summer 2017. She is enrolled in the 4+1 BS/MS degree program. She is interested in meteorology and environmental policy. In lab, she plans to research the adoption of improved solid fuels stoves in Rwanda with researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health, focusing on the effect of women’s roles in society on pollution levels.

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Katie Cush is a junior majoring in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and joined the group in spring 2018. She is from Reading, Pennsylvania and her research interests include air quality and climate change. She is working on a project that assesses the impact of garbage burning on South Asian air quality.

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Jennifer Fundora is a senior majoring in International Studies and Environmental Sciences and has worked within the group since Fall 2015 as a Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) student. She is from Miami, Florida and is is interested in studying the power of international institutions when dealing with environmental policy. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and she is researching what has led to a higher deforestation rate in Haiti, compared to the Dominican Republic.

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Elena Jordanov is a senior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Philosophy, and has worked in the group since Fall 2017.  Her research interests focus on the effects of air quality and climate change on neurotoxicology, as well as global policies for occupational inhalation hazards.  She graduated with Honors from Oxford College of Emory University in 2016 based on her philosophy research, which focused on ethical obligations to nonhuman animals based on neurological consciousness.

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Kristina Koh is a sophomore majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Physics and has worked in the group since Fall 2017. She is from Cupertino, California but also spent a few years in Taipei, Taiwan. She is interested in the effects of ambient air quality on indoor air quality, and is currently comparing these effects between developed and less developed countries.

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Sarvani Kuruganti is a senior majoring in Human Health, and has worked in the group since Fall 2017. She is from Edison, NJ but has spent some years in Hyderabad, India. Her research interests include the effects of pesticide usage on global agriculture crops, with a focus on influence of climate change, food security, and physiological impacts of individual exposure. She is currently working on collecting quantitative data on the time lapse of pesticide use across the years and literature review to understand its public health influence.

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Yezi Lyu is a senior majoring in Environmental Sciences and has joined the group since Fall 2017. Yezi is from Beijing, China and is interested in modeling air pollution, with a focus on agricultural sector. She is currently working on analyzing emissions inventories for ammonia emissions in China.

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Ken Wakabayashi is a senior majoring in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and started work within the group during Summer 2017. He is from San Diego, California and is interested in conducting policy driving research in climate science. He is currently working on modeling emissions from the combustion of biofuels in cooking stoves for Nepal.

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Jessica Yeung is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Sustainability Sciences and joined the group in the spring of 2018. She is from Houston, TX and is interested in conducting research on HCFC and HFC emissions due to aging buildings in China and its contributions to climate change.

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Benjamin Yosen is a senior majoring in Chemistry and has worked in the group since Summer 2017. He is from Augusta, Georgia and interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in Chemistry with a focus on environmental chemistry. His current research focuses on modeling air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.

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Shufan Yu is a sophomore majoring in Chemistry and has worked in the group since fall 2017. He is from Shandong, China. He is interested in air pollutant emissions and their chemical reactions. He is currently involved in measuring soil greenhouse gas emissions under different agricultural techniques for growing corn.

Visiting Researcher

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Jie Shen is a visiting scholar in the group since fall 2017. He is from Shanghai, China, where he has many years of practical work experience in the field of prevention and control of marine environmental pollution. He has a master’s in public administration (MPA) from FuDan University and he is invited to be an off-campus Academic Advisor of the School of International Relations & Public Affairs of Fudan University, as well as Xi’an JiaoTong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. He is currently conducting research on the impacts of ship emissions in China and is also interested in issues related to ship emissions control and Shanghai carbon market mechanism. Personally, Jie has been a Co-Founder of Freedom & Futility Coffee House in Beijing and Shanghai since 2016 and is providing a platform and services for young entrepreneurship.

Alumni

Former Postdocs:

Brian Seok (currently at the Fed)
Marcus Trail (currently at Georgia Environmental Protection Department)
Cindy Young (currently at NASA Langley)
Min Zhong (currently at Texas A&M University Kingsville)

Master’s:

Qingyang Xiao (MPH ’14, Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental Health)
Steven Sclar (MPH ’15, Rollins School of Public Health, Global Health)
Wenlu Ye (MDP ’15, Development Practice)
Futu Chen (MPH ’16, Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental Health)
Seongmin Shim (MPH ’16, Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental Health)
Caiwei Huang (BA/MA Political Science ’17)
Geoff Martin (MS ENVS ’17)
Nicole Swartwood (MSPH ’17 Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental Health and Epidemiology)

Undergraduates:

Hankyul Kim (Math & Econ ’15, 2014 Fall – 2016 Spring)
Elyse Lim 
(Biology ’15, 2014 Fall – 2015 Spring)
Abhishek Patel
 
(Business ’17, 2014 Fall – 2015 Spring, SIRE)
Anika Tabasam (Biology & Economics ’16, 2015 Fall – 2016 Spring)
Camilla Schramek (ENVS & Math/Political Science ’16, 2013 Fall – 2016 Spring)
Raquel Soat (Political Science ’17, 2015 Spring – 2017 Spring)
Rachel Spector  (Biology ’17, 2013 Fall – 2015 Spring, SIRE)
Boya (Jennie) Sun (ENVS ’17, 2016 Spring – 2017 Spring)
Qianru (Vicky) Wu (ENVS and Economics ’17, 2015 Spring – 2017 Spring, SURE and Honor’s thesis)
Jacqueline Yap (ENVS & East Asian Studies ’15, 2013 Fall – 2016 Spring)
Zijia Ye (CS/Math ’18, 2014 Fall – 2015 Spring)
Soungbin Yim (ENVS ’17, 2014 Fall – 2017 Spring)
Siyue (Jenny) Zong (ENVS ’17, 2014 Fall – 2016 Spring)
Nia Dubon-Robinson (ENVS/SOC ’19, 2016 Fall – 2017 Spring, SIRE)
Peter Oliveira Soens (PHYS ’18, 2016 Fall – 2017 Spring, SIRE)

Volunteer:

Liudmyla Zapukhliak (2016 Spring)

Previous Pictures

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2016 Fall

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2015 Fall

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