Current PhD Students

Please note: This directory does not include all the current PhD students in this department.

Elise Elliott

Year started: 2012


Research interest:
Elise is studying environmental exposures to unconventional natural gas development with a focus on aquatic exposures. Her research interests include exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. 

Selected publications

  • Grootendorst DC, Elliott EG, Michels WM, Gansevoort RT, Halbesma N. 2013. Lead and CKD. Nephrol Dial Transplant. Aug;28(8):e7. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfs036. 
  • Vijver MG, Elliott EG, Peijnenburg WJ, de Snoo GR. 2011. Response predictions for organisms water-exposed to metal mixtures: a meta-analysis. Environ Toxicol Chem. 30(6):1482-7.

Steve D. Whittaker

Year started: 2013

Research interest
Malignant Neoplasms, Violent Crime, Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome

Selected publications

  • "Pharmacological Inhibition of a MicroRNA Family in Nonhuman Primates by a Seed-Targeting 8-Mer AntimiR" Pharmacological Inhibition of a MicroRNA Family in Nonhuman Primates by a Seed-Targeting 8-Mer AntimiR"~ Veerle Rottiers, Susanna Obad, Andreas Petri, Robert McGarrah, Marie W. Lindholm, Joshua C. Black, Sumita Sinha, Robin J. Goody, Matthew S. Lawrence, Andrew S. deLemos, Henrik F. Hansen, Steve Whittaker, Steve Henry, Rohn Brookes, Seyed Hani Najafi-Shoushtari, Raymond T. Chung, Johnathan R. Whetstine, Robert E. Gerszten, Sakari Kauppinen, and Anders M. Näär Sci Transl Med 20 November 2013 5:212ra162. [DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006840]

Nan Zhao

Year started: 2014


Research interest: 1) Air pollution and adverse birth outcomes; 2) Environmental risk factors and thyroid cancer; 3) Gene-environment interactions. 

Selected publications

  • Zhao N*, Qiu J*, Zhang Y*, Bell ML, Liu Q, Zhang Y. et al. Ambient air pollutant PM10 and risk of preterm birth in Lanzhou, China. Environ Int. 2015 Mar; 76:71-7. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.12.009. Epub 2014 Dec 30. PMID: 25553395 2. 
  • Wang Y*, Zhao N*, Ehrenkranz RA, Kim C, Liu Q, Zhang Y. et al. Folic acid supplementation and dietary folate intake, and risk of preeclampsia. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 Oct;69(10):1145-50. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2014.295.