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During the summer of 2017, Adia was a participant in Morehouse College’s Public Health Leaders Fellowship Program where she completed public health educational courses and completed a summer research project at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Under the supervision of Dr. Tonya M. Hayden in the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, Adia’s project was “Development of Reference Panels for Assay Performance and Assay Development for Hepatitis C.” Adia graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Claflin University and was a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College. Adia is currently a student at Emory University in the Rollins School of Public Health where she is a MPH Candidate for Epidemiology and a Certificate in Maternal/Child Health. Adia plans to continue her research endeavors while at Emory and is currently interested in: Maternal/Child Epidemiology, Reproductive Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology, and utilizing a Feminist Model for Women’s Health Care.

Adia Louden (2016-2017)


During the summer of 2015 Monica attended Brown University Summer Research Early Identification Program (SRIEP) The Leadership Alliance. Her poster presentation was “Role of bacterially regulated Vitamin A metabolism in Intestinal Antimicrobial Function.” In 2015 Monica graduated with a Biochemistry degree from Claflin University and is continuing her research as a doctoral student studying Pharmacology at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania fall of 2016. We salute Monica Thapaliya in all her accomplishments and endeavors. You will hear more about this RISING Star in the future!!!

Monica Thapaliya (2015-2016)


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