RACHEL S. ZAHIGIAN
Meet Rachel Zahigian,
Our AEL Treasurer, Rachel Zahigian, is a fourth year PhD student in Biostatistics. She studies adaptive clinical trial design, working to improve the safety and efficacy of the drug development process. She recently returned from a summer internship at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she worked on a causal inference project, analyzing the relationship between treatment dosage and survival outcomes in a longitudinal setting where there may be time-varying confounders.
Congratulations to Rachel on her exciting internship opportunity!
Keep up the good work.
– AEL Family
VICKI L. OSBORNE
Meet Vicki Osborne,
Vicki received her Bachelor of Science (Honors) in biomedical science from the University of Portsmouth in 2008 and Master of Science in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012. She joined the Drug Safety Research Unit in Southampton, UK to serve as a Research Fellow in 2009, progressing to Senior Research Fellow in 2013. Vicki joined the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) in 2015, as a pre-doctoral student under Dr. Linda B. Cottler. Dr. Cottler served as the chair of her dissertation committee and primary research mentor.
Her research interests focus on the off-label use and misuse of prescription medications. For this reason, her dissertation examined risk factors for non-medical use of prescription opioids among youth, identifying sex differences in these factors. Vicki joined the Medication Use, Safety and Evidence (MUSE) study in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida as Project Manager in 2016. MUSE is an FDA mandated study of the risks of misuse and abuse with extended release/long acting prescription opioids.
Vicki has published 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals so far, with a further 48 poster presentations and 10 oral presentations at national and international conferences. In addition, Vicki is the co-author of a book chapter on Event Monitoring in the UK. She has received several awards and travel grants recently including the UF International Center Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in 2017 and the NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Differences Junior Investigator Travel Award to attend the College on Problems of Drug Dependence 2018 Annual Meeting.
Today the AEL family wants to congratulate Vicki Osborne for completing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Florida this Spring of 2018.
Vicki, we wish you the best of lucks in your new journey and we hope for success in every step of your life.
Keep up the good work.
Meet Arun Jani,
Today the AEL family wants to congratulate Arun Jani for two outstanding achievements:
- Winning the very prestigious Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship!
- Winning the distinguished Jimmy G. Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence
Arun, keep up the good work.
Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship
President W. Kent Fuchs, Arun Jani, and Dr. Ayshe Gunduz
Jimmy G. Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence
Meet Leanne Dumeny,
We all know her as a distinguished member of AEL but she is more than that! Leanne Dumeny is a Graduate Student of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research at the University of Florida. Her research interest is in Pharmacogenomics in Cardiovascular Disease. Leanne is originally from Florida, the Sunshine State.
Today the AEL family is proud to announce the UF team placed fourth at the Emory’s Global Health Case Competition, behind teams from Emory, the University of Minnesota and McMaster University.
Emory provided teams with their case one week prior to the competition. This year, teams were challenged to respond to a hypothetical outbreak of coronavirus at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The UF team researched the cultural landscape of Qatar, the economic effects of a FIFA World Cup, disaster response during mass gatherings, the resources made available by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and general principles of advertising and marketing. Their recommendations included constructing an elaborate disaster response communications network, creating branded face masks to prevent spread of the virus and establishing an initiative to unify the citizens of Qatar.
Leanne, keep up the good work.
1st Place, UF Global Health Case Competition
4th Place, Emory’s Global Health Case Competition
Meet Adania Flemming,
We all know her as the vice-president of AEL but she is more than that! Adania Flemming is a Graduate Student of the Department of Biology, at the University of Florida. Adania is originally from Trinidad & Tobago a beautiful twin-island nation in the Carribean. Adania specializes in Marine Biology and her research studies focus on the fish Etheostoma fusiforme, also known as the Swamp Darter. Adania is doing a comparative life history study between the Northeast and the Southeast population of Swamp Darter in the U.S.
Learn more about Adania’s journey at the University of Florida!