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CEHI Team

Marie Lynn Miranda PhD, Director, Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor

Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda is the Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Statistics at Rice University, holds appointments as adjunct professor in the Departments of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan and the Baylor College of Medicine, and serves as the founding Director of CEHI. Dr. Miranda's educational background is rooted in economic and mathematical modeling; her professional experiences integrate environmental health sciences with sound social policies. She has taught courses and conducted research on children's environmental health, with a particular emphasis on reproductive and developmental toxicants, childhood lead exposure, and allergen and asthma triggers. Dr. Miranda has applied spatial analytic approaches to a wide range of environmental issues. She also has extensive experience running training, research translation, and outreach programs, especially as they relate to disadvantaged populations. Dr. Miranda has an active research portfolio, with funding from the USEPA, NIH, CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the USDA, the State of North Carolina, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The Duke Endowment. She maintains a deep and abiding personal and professional interest in environmental and social justice.

Attention:
Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Rebecca Anthopolos, Statistician

Rebecca Anthopolos serves as a statistical analyst at CEHI. Her research and statistical analysis at CEHI focuses on determining social and environmental factors contributing to disparities in birth outcomes in the South. She completed her Master's in Economics from Duke University in May 2007 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with an emphasis on international development from Connecticut College.

Attention:
Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Mercedes Bravo, Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Mercedes Bravo serves as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at CEHI. Her research has focused on developing new methods of estimating air pollution exposure and investigating links between exposure and health outcomes in understudied populations in the U.S. and abroad. Mercedes received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science (2014) from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science/Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

(734) 764-4584

Attention: CEHI
4040 Dana Building, 440 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Rashida Callender, Associate in Research

Rashida Callender serves as an Associate in Research at CEHI. Her responsibilities include project coordination for the Hurricane Harvey Registry and providing statistical and administrative support for CEHI projects. Rashida received her Master of Public Health in Biostatistics from UTHealth School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from MIT. She is excited to engage her passion for environmental justice in this role.

Rice University – BRC Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460 6100 Main St Houston, Texas 77005

Joally M. Canales, Community Outreach Coordinator

Joally Canales serves as a Community Outreach Coordinator for CEHI. Her outreach and organizing efforts are focused on the Hurricane Harvey Registry, an initiative aimed at measuring the long-term impacts of Hurricane Harvey. She builds relationships with stakeholders in the greater Houston region to advance these goals and ensure that every voice is represented. Joally received her Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film with a concentration in Environment and Sustainability from The University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about analyzing communication strategies that educate different types of audiences on environmental factors that affect human health.

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Brandi Gih, GIS Technician

Brandi Gih serves as a GIS Technician. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and American Studies as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa. Her work at CEHI includes data management and technical support for GIS research projects. Her research interests concern the application of GIS data and techniques for environmental health analysis.

(734) 763-2003

Attention: CEHI
4044 Dana Building, 440 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Max Grossman, Research Scientist

Max Grossman is a CEHI research scientist focused on designing and developing IT infrastructure and computational/analytical techniques for current and future CEHI projects. With joint positions in CEHI and the Department of Computer Science, Max's research focuses on scalable approaches to problems in big data and big compute, particularly for novel large scale scientific, engineering, or statistical workloads. Max completed a PhD in Computer Science at Rice University in 2017.

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Jocelyn Hwang, GIS Technician

Jocelyn Hwang serves as a GIS Technician at CEHI. Her responsibilities include supporting training efforts and providing technical support for GIS projects. She is interested in using spatial analysis to understand and improve environmental health, especially in cases of health inequity. Jocelyn received her Masters of Health Science as well as Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

(713) 348-8143

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Hien Le, Business Systems Analyst

Hien Le is a Business Systems Analyst who works on projects from the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He liaises with Rice Office of Information Technology on items concerning the usage, maintenance, and development of the Virtual Research Data Environment (VRDE). He also assists in the acquisition, curation, and management of datasets. Hien received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.

(713) 348-8241

Attention:
Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Man Chong (Henry) Leong, Statistician

Henry Leong serves as statistician at CEHI. He received his Master in Statistics from Rice University in 2017 and holds a Bachelor degree in Statistics from Renmin University of China. His research focuses on environmental statistical analysis and statistical modelling. He is interested in data science, large scale statistical machine learning and deep learning.

(713) 348-8263

Attention: Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Justin Onwenu, Outreach Coordinator

Justin Onwenu serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Children's Environmental Health Initiative. His outreach and organizing efforts are focused on the Hurricane Harvey Registry, an initiative aimed at measuring the long term impacts of Hurricane Harvey. He engages with local churches, businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders in the greater Houston region to advance these goals. He receives his Bachelor of Arts in International Health and Policy in August 2018 from Rice University where he also served as Student Body President. He is passionate about public and environmental health advocacy and is extremely excited to work on the CEHI team to pursue these interests.

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Ruiyang Li, GIS Technical Team Leader

Ruiyang Li is a GIS analyst at CEHI, a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). He graduated as a Master student from School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan in 2014. He is interested in the application of spatial analysis in public health at CEHI. He is excited to be a part of CEHI team; and wants to contribute in improving the health quality of various communities.

(713) 348-8143

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Risa Myers, Data Scientist

Risa Myers servers as a data scientist at CEHI and a full-time lecturer at Rice University, where she teaches databases and data science. Her research interest is predicting outcomes from healthcare data. Risa received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University, her Masters of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and her Bachelor's degree from MIT in Computer Science and Engineering.

Attention: Rice University – BRC Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460 6100 Main St Houston, Texas 77005

Brian Neelon, Associate in Research

Dr. Brian Neelon is a CEHI statistician providing statistical support for grant applications, data analysis, and the development of new statistical methodology related to environmental and child health. He received his doctorate in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and arrived at CEHI after completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Department of Health Care Policy. His research interests include Bayesian methodology, longitudinal data analysis, and latent trajectory models. For more information, please visit Dr. Neelon's webpage at http://www.duke.edu/~neelo003/.

(919) 613-8736

Levine Science Research Center
308 Research Drive
Room A121
Durham, NC 27708

Claire Osgood, Data Manager

Claire Osgood is CEHI's Data Manager. She graduated from Duke University with a double major in Computer Science and Economics. She is involved in the acquisition, processing, and maintenance of data used by CEHI, with an emphasis on SAS programming. Her goals are to use data and her programming skills to help affect positive change in our community.

(919) 668-9314
310 Trent Drive
Room 208 Trent Hall
Durham 27710
Naimah Sarwar, Research Assistant

Naimah Sarwar serves as a research assistant at CEHI. She is currently a senior at Rice University studying Cognitive Sciences. Throughout her time at Rice she has been involved in programs including the Health, Humanism and Society scholars program, where she studied the role of cultural competency in interventions designed to mitigate disparities in mental health outcomes, Ben Taub Hospital’s Patient Discharge Initiative, which partners students to help provide access to resources and social services to underserved patients upon discharge, as well as the Rice Medical Humanities program. Exploring these avenues has led to her interests in social determinants of health, particularly research and advocacy in maternal and child health disparities. She is excited to continue learning and contributing to these causes as part of the CEHI team.

Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Joshua Tootoo, Director of Training and Geospatial Sciences

Joshua Tootoo, serves as CEHI's Director of Training and Geospatial Sciences His work and responsibilities involve the coordination of CEHI's GIS capacity building efforts and the management of the group's geospatial projects. A certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), he completed his Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of Rhode Island and also holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Botany and Forest Ecology from North Carolina State University.

(713)348-8244

Attention:
Rice University – BRC
Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), MS-460
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005