Cardiovascular Research Inst

Jelena Mustra Rakic, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Jelena Mustra Rakic, PhD, received her PhD in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from Tufts University in Boston. Her dissertation was focused on elucidating the effect and mechanisms of the naturally occurring carotenoid, lycopene, on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung carcinogenesis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The important finding from her PhD implicated smoking-related alterations in lipid metabolism as one of main pathways leading to chronic inflammation and lung diseases development.

Abra Jeffers, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Abra Jeffers, PhD, has a doctorate in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University focusing on statistical health care methods and applications. Her dissertation was on machine learning and epidemiological methods in the study of personal risk factors of cancers of the breast and prostate. Her research can be used to guide personalized health care strategies based on risk stratification.

Neiloy Sircar, JD, LLM

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Neil Sircar, JD, LLM is a human rights lawyer specializing in global and public health, global governance, and health in humanitarian crises. He recently concluded a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship with the National Institutes for Health through the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium at the University of Washington. He is principal investigator on a study for assessing the implementation of human rights-based approaches to HIV testing and notification in Kenya with the prominent Kenyan non-governmental organization Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network.

Joanne Lyu, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Joanne Lyu, PhD, received her PhD in Communication from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining CTCRE, she was an Assistant Professor at Macau University of Science and Technology, and most recently at The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. During her doctoral study, Joanne won a Top Student Paper award in the Public Relations (PR) Division at the 2012 annual conference of International Communication Association (ICA). In 2017, as a principal investigator, she was awarded a Hong Kong government research grant. Joanne is excited to be a member of CTCRE.

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD, has a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Washington State University where her research focused on the impact of genotype and menthol on tobacco toxicity and carcinogenic effects. The work with menthol opened her eyes to the impact scientific evidence has on public policy, or rather, the impact it should have.

Priyanka Vyas, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Priyanka Vyas, PhD started her career as a journalist in New Delhi, after completing her BA in political science from Wilson College, Mumbai.  During her stint as a reporter covering trade and policy issues, she became interested in how policies could be better analyzed and implemented.  This single most desire to influence policy decisions led her to move to the US for further education.

Yvette Van Der Eijk, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Yvette did a PhD in public health ethics at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore and a BSc in Biochemistry (Pharmacology) at the University of Surrey, UK. As part of her studies, she was also based at the University of Turku (Finland), Hastings Center (New York), University of Tübingen (Germany), Brocher Foundation (Switzerland), and WHO Regional Office for Europe (Denmark). After her PhD she worked as a Public Health Analyst at Newcastle City Council, UK, and as a freelance consultant for the WHO Regional Office for Europe's tobacco control programme.

Minji Kim, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Minji Kim's research interest focuses on message effects and persuasion. She is particularly interested in the effect and boundary conditions of tailored communication. Kim received a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation examining the positive and negative role of character-audience similarity in anti-smoking campaigns using various themes.

Eric Crosbie, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Eric Crosbie recently received his PhD in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Dharma Bhatta, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Dharma Bhatta, PhD received his doctorate in Epidemiology from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2016. He is an epidemiologist and public health expert/researcher, with over ten years of experiences in academia and public health research in developing countries. Dr.

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