scientist

researcher

writer

jayati sharma

genetics, epidemiology methods, nutrition, chronic disease prevention,
health & policy advocacy
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Educational Background:

University of Arizona
       > BS in Public Health
       > BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
       > ScM in Genetic Epidemiology 
       > PhD in Genetic Epidemiology (exp. 2025)


 

Hi! I'm Jayati

I'm currently a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health studying Genetic Epidemiology. 

In terms of research, I'm passionate about genetics, nutrition, diet, & cardio-metabolic diseases. Within genetic epidemiology, I'm interested in exploring polygenic risk prediction and gene-environment interactions in chronic diseases.
 

I look forward to a career in which I can use epidemiology & data science to improve large-scale public health outcomes using genetics.  I have been an active participant in public health initiatives and organizations throughout my schooling. I am strongly committed to lending my voice to the needs of the underprivileged and historically minoritized communities around the world.

Outside of research and academia, I am an active science communicator, writer, and musician (fun fact: I hold a bachelors-level degree in Indian Classical Music!). I enjoy living life as a continual learner. I'm always open to opportunities to build skills, advocate for community needs, & collaborate.

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I am the 2020-21 Membership Committee Co-Chair at the APHA Student Assembly, the nation's largest public health student organization.

 

In this role, I collaborate with other members of the assembly council to improve APHA-SA's outreach, involve students in ongoing public health initiatives, and interact with liaisons to strengthen member involvement.

 

 

This year, I helped grow our Membership Ambassador network from 5 to 40 students.

APHA Student Assembly

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I am a Data Analyst for the SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology And Response in Children (SEARCh) Project, a CDC-supported cohort study following hundreds of Maryland families and analyzing risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 exposure and infection. 

In this role, I generate weekly reports on the cohort and contribute to descriptive and analytic manuscripts. 

JHSPH IVAC

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In college, I was a member of the Klimentidis Lab, working on Genetic Epidemiology projects regarding dietary behaviors, preferences, and consumption related to genetics and cardio-metabolic diseases. I conducted my undergraduate Honors thesis on this topic: "Genetic Influences on the Relationship Between Meat Consumption & LDL-C Levels."

 

I also later joined the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics as a student assistant compiling state-level COVID data from ADHS, & coordinating volunteer trainings for the SAFER contact tracing program 

UArizona MEZCOPH

Selected Work:

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Between 2017 & 2020, I was a research intern with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFB), working on a variety of quantitative and qualitative research projects aimed at understanding how food insecurity impacts the diet quality and diet-related disease prevalence of underserved food bank clients.

Some of my work: https://cals.arizona.edu/news/combating-diabetes-through-food-security

Additional Projects:

JHU Center for Humanitarian Health

I systematically reviewed and summarized over 100 research articles on the state of COVID-19, maternal & child health, and nutrition, through a JHU-hosted repository globally accessed by physicians, researchers, and policymakers. 

Writing

Read some of my work on Mediumoccasionally share my thoughts on science, public health, and other current events, too. 

I'm also a contributing writer at Massive Science. Check out my work here.

This summer, I'm also a fellow of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship with the Wichita Eagle. 

Reach Out!