Elaine A. Yu
Elaine Yu currently focuses on the effects of vitamin D supplementation among adult patients with tuberculosis (as well as a subset living with human immunodeficiency virus co-infection) in South India. In a double-blinded randomized control trial, study participants will be randomly assigned to receive different dosages of vitamin D or placebo; biological, immunological, and health indicators will be assessed during a one year follow up period. Her broad research interests include the intersection between tuberculosis, diabetes mellitus, and malnutrition, particularly in resource-limited contexts. Elaine is a doctoral candidate in the field of Nutritional Sciences, and previously received a B.A. (University of California at Berkeley) and M.P.H. (Emory University).
Samantha L. Huey
Sam received her B.S. in Biology with minors in Nutrition & Global Diseases from Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA). At Cornell, she focuses on understanding the interactions between micronutrients and infectious diseases and their impact on the gut microbiome. Currently, she is conducting fieldwork for the bio-fortified pearl millet study taking place among infants and young children living in urban slums of Mumbai, India.
Suze holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Anthropology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. Prior to joining the Mehta Research Group, Suze was involved in sero-surveillance and basic research of infectious diseases. She is currently studying the relationship between vitamin A status and the immune response to acute febrile illnesses in resource-limited settings. Suze is also developing a rapid point-of-care assay to assess vitamin A levels in whole blood.
Heather M. Larkin
Heather is training as a research assistant in the Mehta Research Group before graduate school. She works in community health surveillance, metabolic complications in HIV infection and treatment, and research coordination for MRG clinical trials. Heather was awarded a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology with minors in Global Health and Africana Studies from Cornell University.
Elizabeth Centeno Tablante
Elizabeth Centeno Tablante is a biologist trained at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Trials from University of Seville, Spain and a Master’s in Biomedicine from University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain. Prior to joining the Mehta Research Group Elizabeth was working as full-time consultant for the World Health Organization conducting evidence assessment and systematic reviews for informing global guidelines related to nutrition policies, HIV/AIDS and child health. Elizabeth is now conducting a field study in Ecuador studying the relationship between infectious diseases and micronutrients.
Camille Elyse Jones
Camille joins our team as a Dean’s Excellence Graduate Fellow. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Howard University with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and business administration. She then earned a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine while working as a Masters International Peace Corps Volunteer in Mochudi and Gaborone, Botswana. Continuing her Peace Corps service with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Camille pioneered program design in supply chain management, building the capacity of health professionals to provide antiretroviral medications and health commodities to patients throughout the country. As a result of her time working in communities, Camille became increasingly interested in environmental health determinants, and sought avenues to take an epidemiological approach to investigate relationships between nutrition and disease.