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Dr. Moe's Research Staff

Milagros Aldeco
Research Specialist Lead/ Moe Laboratory

Milagros manages research projects which require laboratory processing. Currently, her focus is Norovirus Disease research. Prior to joining CGSW, Milagros managed two labs in the Biochemistry Department and Emory School of Medicine for 12 years. She received a BS in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Kia Colbert, MPH, CHES
Public Health Program Associate Lead

Kia is a Public Health Program Associate Lead for the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University. Currently Kia coordinates a project funded by Takeda Vaccines, Inc. gathering information about the risks of travelers’ diarrhea and Norovirus among international travelers. The results will be used to help develop vaccine recommendations for international travelers. Before working for the CGSW Kia worked as a teacher and coordinator for the Emory Center for Injury Control within the Department of Emergency Medicine. Kia received her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University.  She also holds credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Lindsay Denny, MPH
Public Health Program Associate

Lindsay is a program associate for the Center for Global Safe Water, coordinating the GE Foundation-funded Safe Water in Hospitals program. Based in Phnom Penh, she oversees the program in Cambodia and is responsible for the evaluation of water purification systems in hospitals. In addition to monitoring the water quality, the evaluation includes digital survey tools that focus on assessing the status of WASH in the hospitals as well as the sustainability of the purification system. This three-year program also involves training hospital staff on clean water, sanitation and hygienic environment within the hospital. Lindsay received her BS in Physiology & Neuroscience from UC San Diego and her MPH in International Health from Boston University.

Marisa Gallegos, MDP
Public Health Program Associate

Mia is a program associate for the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. Currently Mia manages a project funded by the GE Foundation that aims to promote, monitor, and evaluate the environments that enable sustained provision and use of safe water in health facilities in Ghana. Mia is also the program coordinator of the CGSW Graduate Certificate in WASH program, with Dr. Joanne McGriff.  Before working for the CGSW Mia worked as a teacher and youth program coordinator in the greater Atlanta area, Save the Children (Kenya), CARE International (Ethiopia), Habitat for Humanity (Honduras), and the Juvenile Justice Fund in Atlanta. Mia received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and her Masters in Development Practice from Emory University.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jamie Green, MPH
Public Health Program Associate

Jamie is a Public Health Program Associate for the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University. She coordinates research activities related to the SaniPath Exposure Assessment Tool, which assesses exposure to fecal contamination in the urban environment. Jamie received her Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Before moving to Atlanta, she worked with Tufts University as a Research Coordinator, studying child malnutrition in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso for the Food Aid Quality Review. Her work also took her to Haiti, where she spent two years overseeing research related to childhood undernutrition with Washington University in St. Louis.

Alexandra Huttinger, MPH
Public Health Program Associate, Sr.

Alexandra is a Senior Public Health Program Associate for the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University.  She completed her Masters in Public Health at RSPH in Global Environmental Health  in 2009, and has been working with the Center since 2007.  Alexandra is based in Kigali, Rwanda and manages a program to evaluate advanced water purification systems for improving water quality in healthcare facilities and community adoption of water kiosks at health facilities. The four year program incorporates skills development and knowledge transfer for water quality monitoring, development and delivery of a community-based health education program for safe water practices and business development, support and training for small water enterprises at healthcare facilities.

Alexandra has contributed to studies of water purification in healthcare facilities in Latin America, Asia and Africa, US-based studies of  distribution system drinking water quality and health outcomes, and research in Bolivia addressing factors associated with rural improved household water and sanitation.

Renuka Kapoor, PhD, MPH
Sr. Post-doctoral Fellow

Renuka  is a Senior Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University. Currently, Renuka is working on SaniPath Typhoid study on assessment of exposure to typhoid fever in urban slums in India. The study will lead to development of methods for environmental detection and surveillance of typhoid fever, which will help inform the government and other agencies to develop effective immunization programs in endemic settings. Additionally, Renuka is involved in development of studies on association between WASH conditions in childbirth environment and maternal outcomes in Uganda. Renuka received her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University. She has a PhD degree in Microbiology and extensive postdoctoral experience in infectious disease research.

Suraja Raj, MPH
Public Health Program Associate, Sr.

Suraja currently coordinates research and dissemination activities for “SaniPath: Assessment of fecal exposure and contamination in low-income urban environments,” a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Suraja works on the development and administration of the SaniPath Rapid Assessment Tool- a rapid fecal exposure assessment for decision makers in low-income urban environments. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Suraja worked for the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System on a research project using molecular laboratory techniques to look at differential gene expression in chronic kidney acidosis patients to improve treatment and quality of care for patients. In addition, Suraja worked on marketing and public relations for a social media startup in Los Angeles, Hyphos, Inc., that aims to fulfill the Internet’s potential to make the world smaller, and to drive collaboration and change through an innovative online platform that connects people with similar interests. During her MPH program, Suraja worked on a project with the CGSW, the Emory Global Health Institute, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) in Rwanda, where she identified opportunities for DFGFI’s Ecosystem Health Community Development Program to bridge human health and conservation and analyzed data for their helminth deworming program.  Suraja received her BS in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MPH in Global Health from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

Kate Robb, MPH
Associate Director of Research Projects

Kate began working at the Center for Global Safe Water in 2011.  She currently oversees research on three international studies.   Her main responsibilities include study design, development of research tools and protocols, report writing, and supervision of study staff.  She also manages fieldwork logistics including budgets, timelines, and collaborative relationships.  Kate works on studies in Honduras, Ghana, and Cambodia that range from the assessment of exposure to fecal contamination in urban slums to evaluating the sustainability of safe water access in healthcare facilities. Prior to joining the CGSW, Kate worked on a variety of domestic and international public health projects.  She was an Americorps volunteer at a school based health center in Chicago and later a site coordinator for a study on perinatal mental health.   During her MPH program, she served as an intern on the CARE Water Team and got involved with the CGSW through a thesis study in rural Ecuador on microbial contamination in stored household drinking water. Kate received her BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Women’s studies from University of Michigan and her MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Casey Siesel, MPH
Public Health Program Associate

Casey is a Public Health Program Associate for the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University. Casey is currently a project manager with SaniPath where he assists with the coordination and deployment of research studies in low-income urban environments. The SaniPath Tool integrates a public health perspective with urban sanitation planning by assessing risk of exposure to fecal contamination through various environmental pathways. Before working for the CGSW Casey was involved in molecular genetics research and worked in the field of environmental toxicology. Casey received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and his Master’s in Public Health from Emory University.

Yuke (Andrew) Wang, MSPH
Data Analyst

Andrew is a data analyst for the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. He currently performs a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) for the SaniPath study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to estimate the risk for fecal exposure pathways in low-income urban settings. He also manages the database of the SaniPath study, conducts different types of analyses and works on the development and quality control of the SaniPath Rapid Assessment Tool. His research interests is primarily in infectious diseases. Prior to joining the CGSW, Andrew worked on a fly health project, which was funded by Boeing Company, focusing on the transmission of infectious diseases during the flight. Andrew received his BS in Food Science and Technology in South China University of Technology and his MSPH in Biostatistics from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

Habib Yakubu, MPH
Public Health Program Associate, Sr.

Habib is a Senior Public Health Program Associate currently coordinating the SaniPath study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aimed at assessing fecal exposure pathways in low-income urban settings. His research interests are in water and sanitation in developing countries. Most recently, he has worked in Uganda and Mozambique on developing qualitative and quantitative data collection methods for characterizing microbial drinking water quality and evaluated a Community-Led Total Sanitation program in Ghana.  He received his MSPH in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and his B.Sc in Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

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