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Dr. Alberto CabaN-Martinez

Principal Investigator

Dr. Caban-Martinez is a board-certified osteopathic physician and epidemiologist, and an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences in the Division of Environment and Public Health of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Caban has research extensively into occupational and environemntal health, finding ways to promote safe work practices, healthy behaviors and healthy work environments.

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Dr. Natasha Schaefer Solle

Co-Investigator

Dr. Natasha Schaefer Solle is a Research Assistant Professor for the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She earned a BSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Miami. Dr. Solle's research deals with disparities in occupational health.

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Dr. Larry Brand 

Co-Investigator

Dr. Larry Brand is a professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He holds a PhD. from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Brand's research deals with Harmful Algal blooms and exploring algal toxins in South Florida.

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Dr. Daniela Maizel

RSMAS Postdoctoral-Fellow

Dr. Daniela Maizel is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from Universidad Nacional de Tucuman in Argentina. Dr. Maizel's research has dealt with exploring the extent of toxic algal blooms in South Florida.

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Addison Testoff

Graduate Research Assistant

Mr. Addison Testoff is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Miami. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of South Carolina. He is currently a Master of Professional Science (MPS) student at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Mr. Testoff's studies focus on marine conservation, specifically how anthropogenic changes in the marine environment affect South Florida communities.

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Marina MAi

Medical Student

Ms. Marina Mai is a medical student at the University of Miami. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working on a dual MD/MPH degree from the University of Miami. Her research interests include how environmental exposures affect health outcomes.

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Dr. Kim Popendorf

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kim Popendorf is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Ocean Sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She graduated with a B.S. in Geobiology from the California Institute of Technology and obtained her PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the Massachussets Institute of Technology. As a chemical oceanographer, Dr. Popendorf is interested in the role marine microbes play in global biogeochemical cycles,

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Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele

Co-Investigator

Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele is a professor at the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. She earned her B.S  and M.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami. She also earned her PhD. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research has focused on evaluating the relationship between the environment and human health. More specifically, looking at the impacts of microbial contaminants in coastal zones.

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Dr. Nichole Klatt

Co-Investigator

Dr. Nichole Klatt is a Professor and the Director of the Division of Surgical Outcomes and Precision Medicine Research in the Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School. She is also a Professor in the Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She earned her PhD. from Emory University in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis. Dr. Klatt's research looks to understand mechanisms of the microbiome and mucosal dysfunction to improve human health.

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Dr. Marcela Jaramillo

UM Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Marcela Jaramillo, MS, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Jaramillo's research work aims to translate fundamental environmental chemistry to real-world exposure assessment of hazardous organic chemicals. 

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Mohamed Diop

Graduate Research Assistant

Mr. Mohamed Diop is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Miami. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University and is working on his Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Aquaculture at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Mr. Diop works as the study webmaster for the DISPEL study.

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COurtney Broedlow

Research Scientist

Ms. Courtney Broedlow is a research scientist at the University of Minnesota. She earned her B.S. in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University. Her research looks to understand the relationship between microbial communities and their host through molecular and metagenomic techniques.