NoroCORE Graduate Fellows – NoroCORE Food Virology

NoroCORE Graduate Fellows

Hannah Bolinger

Hanna Bolinger
2013 Fellow
M.S. in Nutritional Science
Rutgers University
Advisor: Dr. Don Schaffner

Hannah recently received her M.S. in Nutritional Science from Rutgers and is now working on her Ph.D. in Food Science at North Carolina State University. While at Rutgers, Hannah participated in a NoroCORE-supported, multi-institutional...

Rita Czako

Rita Czako
2013 Fellow
Ph.D. in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Advisors: Drs. Mary Estes and Robert Atmar

Rita finished her Ph.D. this past July, and her research dealt with the production of human monoclonal antibodies for norovirus, which was an uncharted area when she started. The Baylor group did this by...

Erin DiCaprio

2013 Fellow
Ph.D. in Comparative and Preventative Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
Advisor: Dr. Jianrong Li

Erin was in the final year of her Ph.D. while working on her project, which was researching the interaction of noroviruses with fresh produce, and how noroviruses come to contaminate produce, to determine effective...

Kelly Wahl

2013 Fellow
M.P.H. in Epidemiology
Emory University
Advisors: Drs. Christine Moe and Amy Kirby

Kelly graduated in May 2014, and her project at Emory focused on the course of norovirus and rotavirus infections in children with underlying gastrointestinal dysfunctions, such as congenital malformations, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis....

David Buckley

2014 Fellow
M.S. in Microbiology
Clemson University
Advisors: Drs. Xiuping Jiang and Angela Fraser

David’s project focuses on investigating the recovery of noroviruses from soft surfaces such as carpets, as well as the efficacy of disinfection methods. He has been using the surrogate viruses, FCV and MNV, with...

Rasheena Edmondson

2014 Fellow
Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences
North Carolina Central University
Advisor: Dr. Liju Yang

Rasheena is one of our 2014 fellows, and her project at North Carolina Central University focused on developing biosensors to detect norovirus, as well as the inactivation of the virus using nanoparticles. Prior to...

Sarah Markland

2014 Fellow
Ph.D. in Animal and Food Sciences
University of Delaware
Advisor: Dr. Kali Kniel

Sarah will be graduating with her Ph.D. this coming May, and her research has been focused on understanding the plant-microbe interactions of norovirus and leafy greens to better design control and prevention strategies.

Molly Steele

2014 Fellow
M.P.H. in Epidemiology
Emory University
Advisors: Drs. Christine Moe (Emory), Ben Lopman (CDC), and Justin Remais (Emory)

Molly’s project involved the mathematical modeling of different vaccine strategies, such as by age group and targeted vs. mass vaccination, to see how these variables would impact the transmission of foodborne viruses. She planed...

Benjamin Anderson

2015 Fellow
Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology
University of Georgia
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Cannon

Ben obtained his undergraduate degree in Human Development and Gerontology at UGA, as well as an M.P.H. focused on environmental toxicology at the UGA School of Public Health. Prior to beginning his Ph.D. at...

Zachary Marsh

2015 Fellow
M.P.H. in Epidemiology
Emory University
Advisor: Dr. Juan Leon

Prior to coming to Emory, Zachary received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Arkansas State University. His research involves the development of a quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) model to evaluate the risk...

Natalie Seymour

2015 Fellow
M.S. in Food Science
North Carolina State University
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Chapman

Natalie received her undergraduate degree at NCSU in Food Science and is now working on her M.S. in the same area. Her overall interests include the prevention and control of foodborne illnesses at the...

Joyce Sweeney

2015 Fellow
Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Georgia State University
Advisor: Dr. Suri Iyer

Joyce obtained her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Vanderbilt University, upon which she was gainfully employed in the financial sector. Realizing her true passions were in science, she quit her job to pursue a...