I am lucky to work with a brilliant team of graduate student researchers, including:

Heather Santos, Graduate Research Assistant

Heather is currently an MPH student studying epidemiology at Drexel University. Prior to her graduate studies, she obtained a BS in Physics from Penn State, and then worked in quantitative epidemiology under Dr. Matthew Ferrari modeling the global burden of measles. She intends on pursuing her PhD in epidemiology and continuing in the research field to study mental health and psychiatric epidemiology

Aakanshya Aryal, Dornsife International Research Fellow

Aakanshya is currently pursuing an MPH program with a major in Epidemiology at Drexel University. In Nepal, she has worked as a Research Assistant and traveled to remote areas in the country, which motivated her to contribute to the health of communities at a larger scale. Aakanshya was awarded an Dornsife International Research Fellowship by the Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research interests include mental health, substance abuse, HIV, LGBT health, and urban health.  

Tanner Nassau, PhD Candidate

Tanner began his PhD in Epidemiology at Drexel University in 2018 and began working with Ayden in 2019. His doctoral dissertation uses data from OiSIS-Toronto to examine the impact of supervised consumption sites on injection equipment sharing, while also using advanced epidemiological techniques to assess how bias and contextual factors impact observed associations. After finishing his PhD, Tanner hopes to continue working in HIV care and prevention with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  

Bisola Hamzat, Research Assistant (Western University)

Bisola is a master’s student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Her research interests include intersectionality, health equity, and social determinants of health. Bisola aspires to bridge the gap of health inequities by incorporating intersectionality into public health practice, policy, and research.