A total number of 80 presenters affiliated with USF College of Public Health participated in the 2016 USF Health Research Day, in two different sections:

The occupational health and safety section included poster presentations by 17 students with the USF Sunshine Education and Research Center as well as 15 poster presentations by visiting students from other universities. The website for this section can be accessed at:

The COPH ‘section’ of USF Health Research Day included 2 oral presentations by COPH doctoral students as well as poster presentations by 44 COPH master’s and doctoral students and post docs, as well as 4 COPH faculty and staff.

Specifically, two COPH doctoral students were selected to participate in the prestigious 7th Annual Joseph Krzanowski, PhD, USF Health Invited Oral Presentations Session and their names, departments and poster titles are provided below:

  • Ngozichukwuka Agu, doctoral student in Department of Community & Family Health: ‘Using Boko Haram as a Case Study for Learning About Terrorism and Its Impact on Health’ ; and
  • Allison Roth, doctoral student in Department of Global Health: ‘Identification and Characterization of Potential Vaccine Candidates Targeting Plasmodium Pre-erythrocytic Stages’. Allison Roth also received the USF Health Vice President’s Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Oral Presentation.      

In addition, six COPH graduate students and one post-doctoral student received awards for their outstanding poster presentations and their names and abstract titles are listed below:

  • Omonigho Michael Bubu, doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics: ‘Sleep Disorders andAlzheimer’s Dementia: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Older Adults Discharged from Tampa General Hospital.’
  • Athena Failla, master’s degree student in the Department of Global Health: ‘Identification of Genes EncodingOrthologs of Chemosensory Receptors in Onchocerca Volvulus’.
  • Kate LeGrand, master’s degree student in the Department of Global Health: ‘Health Worker Perspectives: Tuberculosis and its Covariates in Hillsborough County, Florida’.
  • DeAnne Turner, CFH, doctoral student in the Department of Community and Family Health: ‘Lessons Learned in a Pilot Group-Based E-health Program for Tobacco Cessation Among People Living with HIV’.
  • Tora Suggs, master’s degree student in the Department of Community and Family Health: ‘Inadequacy of Transitional Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’.
  • Kristina Harand, master’s degree student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health: ‘Assessment of Acrolein-Induced Toxicity Using In-vitro Modeling to Evaluate the Role of PARP’.
  • Christopher Rice, post-doctoral student in the Department of Global Health: ‘High Throughput Screens Discover Hits to Fuel Drug Discovery for Pathogenic Free-Living Amoebae’.

A summary article can be accessed at usfhealthresearchdayblog2016 .

Selected photos are provided below and a photo album can be accessed at: COPHsection2016USFHealthResearchDay .









Kate Lynette