Students

Misbath daouda

PhD in Climate and Health
md3851@cumc.columbia.edu

Misbath started her PhD in Fall 2019. Before joining Mailman, she received her MPH in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. During her time at Harvard, she worked with UNICEF in Mongolia on a study of the association between air pollution exposure and children respiratory health outcomes in Ulaanbaatar. Prior to that, she assessed the impact of unsustainable tourism activities on the health and well-being of local populations in Tunisia.  She plans to conduct research at the intersection of air pollution-related health outcomes, energy use, and environmental policy in the context of climate change.

Carlos Gould

PhD Program in Climate and Health
cfg2132@cumc.columbia.edu​

Carlos started his PhD in Fall 2016. He grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and traveled east for college. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale University in 2015. While at Yale, he studied household energy, the adoption and impact of improved cookstoves, and patterns of woodfuel collection, with field work in Honduras and India. After graduating, he spent a year working on two main projects. The first evaluated the field performance and impacts of two improved cookstove programs in Honduras and in Peru. The second project further established non-renewable biomass and woodfuel-deforestation linkages by ground-truthing the estimated impacts of woodfuel demand on forest resources in Honduras. At Columbia, Carlos is eager to continue and expand his research of the health impacts of climate change and environmental health risks in developing countries, as well as the impact energy use has on human health and socioeconomic well-being.

heMIKE HE

PhD Program in Climate and Health
zh2263@cumc.columbia.edu

Mike started his PhD in fall of 2015. He received his BA in Earth & Planetary Sciences and a MHS in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He has previously been involved in a number of eclectic research projects, from investigating the distribution of particulate matter in different regions of China to a study of vocal hygiene and vocal handicap in conservatory level singers. At Columbia, Mike looks forward to studying the effects of climate change and air pollution on mortality in international settings.

kramerSARAH KRAMER

PhD Program in Climate and Health
sck2165@cumc.columbia.edu

Sarah started her PhD in 2015. Before coming to Columbia, Sarah studied Biology of Global Health at Georgetown University, where she evaluated influenza control measures using contact network models. After receiving her BS, she spent a year in Berlin on a Fulbright grant, working with the Robert Koch Institute to analyze data on HIV risk behaviors among men who have sex with men. As a student at Mailman, Sarah looks forward to continuing her work with mathematical models, this time with a focus on environmental and climate-related factors.

STEPHEN LEWANDOWSKI

PhD Program in Climate and Health
sal2222@cumc.columbia.edu

Stephen began his PhD in the fall of 2017. Originally from Ohio, he received a BS in Environmental Science from the United States Military Academy in 2002 and a commission in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps officer. In 2011, he completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health with an emphasis on exposure science, epidemiology, and risk assessment. At Columbia, Stephen is interested in assessing environmental hazards that impact human health, focusing on urban populations and exposures encountered during military service.

Maggie Li

PhD Program in Climate and Health
ml4424@cumc.columbia.edu

Maggie started her PhD in Fall 2019. Before coming to Columbia, she completed her BA in Geography and BS in Conservation and Resource Studies at UC Berkeley, where she focused on studying geospatial methods of quantifying environmental exposures. She has previously conducted research at Penn State University to spatially visualize particulate matter exposure from seasonal dust loading and respiratory health across Senegal. At Mailman, she hopes to study the differential health impacts of anthropogenic climate change on socially disadvantaged communities, and community-based intervention strategies to bridge these health outcome disparities.

Tory Lynch

PhD Program in Climate and Health
vdl2103@cumc.columbia.edu​

Tory began her PhD in the fall of 2017. She received her MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease from the Yale School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s in Environmental Biology from Georgetown University. Her Master’s research focused on the association between seasonal climatic factors and typhoid fever. At Mailman, she hopes to study how extreme climatic events influence the spread of water-borne infectious diseases. 

Sebastian Rowland

PhD Program in Climate and Health
sr3463@cumc.columbia.edu

Sebastian began his PhD in the fall of 2017. Originally from Maryland, he received a BA in biology from University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and a MS in Environmental Epidemiology from Harvard University in 2017. Between schooling, he has worked as an agriculture researcher, an LSAT teacher, and an asbestos inspector. In previous research he has investigated risk factors of underground natural gas storage facilities and the impact of ozone on mortality. At Columbia he is interested in using novel epidemiologic and exposure methods to study the relationship between energy systems, climate change, and population health. 

Israel Ukawuba

PhD Program in Climate and Health
iu2140@cumc.columbia.edu

Israel received a Bachelors degree in Biology from Oberlin College and an MPH degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  He is interested in studying infectious disease modeling, in particular, vector-borne infectious disease modeling.  Previously, he worked on using climatologically-driven vectorial capacity to describe and examine malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, he plans on studying the effects of local meteorology and hydrology on vector population density, survival and transmission of vector-borne pathogens.