CVD Training

Current Trainees

Adrianna I. Acevedo-Fontánez Adrianna I. Acevedo-Fontánez
I received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences and a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Puerto Rico. I worked as a study coordinator and community health educator in several research groups and then I completed a pre-Doctoral Diversity Supplement from the NIH. The Diversity Supplement supported my efforts to peruse a Doctoral degree in Epidemiology which I started in August of 2019 at the University of Pittsburgh. My main research goals are focus on understanding the association between modifiable lifestyle risk factors with obesity and CVD and how we can use this new knowledge to implement sustainable and culturally appropriate prevention strategies to reduce the burden of these illnesses among minority populations.
Fouzia Farooq Fouzia Farooq
I received my Masters in Public Health from George Mason University and worked as a bench scientist for several years at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)/Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) near Washington, DC, developing vaccines for malaria and ebola. After a summer internship in Swaziland (now Eswatini), I decided to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology. I chose Pitt because it has one of the most advanced programs in Women's Health, specifically Reproductive Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology (RPPE). I became interested in the T32 training program in CVD epidemiology because I am interested in pursuing a career as a multi-disciplinary epidemiologist with expertise in both RPPE and CVD epidemiology.
Brandon Herbert Brandon Herbert
I received both my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. My research career started as a bench scientist investigating potential roles of T lymphocyte cell subsets in severe and steroid-insensitive asthma. However, my desire to investigate the role of social determinants of health grew through my experience as a fellow at a help desk located at the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh's Southside neighborhood. I quickly learned the detrimental effects on health that a lack of access to resources, healthcare and support can have. The T32 program in CVD epidemiology has offered me an opportunity to continue conducting research focused on the impact of several social determinants of health on cardiovascular care, quality, and health by leveraging large health system-based datasets.
Megan Marron Megan Marron
I received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh. After completing my MS degree, I worked as a data analyst on several NIH-funded large epidemiologic cohort studies at the University of Pittsburgh. This work led me to continue my studies and in 2019, I received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Scholar, working toward becoming an independent scientist. My current research involves using metabolomics to identify biological determinants of healthy aging, free of physical disability, cardiovascular disease and other common chronic conditions.
Mary Schiff
I received my BS in Public Health from The Ohio State University, and my MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a Pittsburgh native, I happily returned to the city to pursue my PhD in Epidemiology, and ultimately chose Pitt for its strong commitment to service and reputation for quality research. My area of interest and current work integrates spatial and epidemiologic methods to describe the contextual influence of neighborhood-level social and built environment factors impacting cardiovascular wellness and health.