Precision Health graduate certificate program

Fall 2021 Cohort

Ying Lin
College of Pharmacy
Doctor of Pharmacy
PharmD Candidate
Ying is second-year student in the PharmD program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She feels the certificate program will prepare her to become a qualified clinician by allowing her to gain in-depth understanding of individually focused disease prevention and treatment and enable her to creatively investigate challenging problems. She feels that with the help of modern technology, she will be able to provide the best care for each individual patient.

Brittany MacIntyre
College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
MS Student
Brittany is a second-year master’s student in the Biomedical Engineering program. Working for Covance for a year prior to her admission, she realized that it is hard to create drugs that are one-size-fits-all, and that drugs usually treat patients post-onset of their disease/ailment. She discovered that machine learning has the potential to make drugs and treatment plans that are more unique to a person and can detect disease markers early on. Her career goals are to develop diagnostics to prevent diseases before they progress too far and be a leader in the application of machine learning in health care.

Jana Muhic
School of Information
Health Informatics
MS Student
Jana is a second-year master’s student in Health Informatics. As she looks more into the area of genomics, she can see this as a field that can provide extraordinary benefits to patients. She also sees this as an area that could potentially create an even greater imbalance in health equity, however. As a student of precision health, she would like to learn more about these potential pitfalls, how others are proposing to address such issues, and what has already been attempted.

Noah Puleo
Medical School
Molecular and Cellular Pathology
PhD Student
Noah is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Pathology program. His current thesis project involves repurposing a drug to treat chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer and understanding the unknown mechanism behind how the drug works to kill cancer cells. The type of work that he would like to do for his career is leading a team in either industry or as a PI in academia, focusing on projects with direct clinical application for the betterment of patients. The Precision Health graduate certificate will help fill in the gaps that he needs to pursue a career in translational research.

Andre Ray
School of Information
Health Informatics
MS Student
Andre is a second-year master’s student in the School of Information. He brings with him an unusual background as a writer/director in the entertainment industry. With his burgeoning production company Paris Films, the projects he was drawn to were poignant dramas showcasing humanity dealing with emerging technologies. Andre feels that precision health will be a perfect way to gain the knowledge to work in this field, but primarily to gain the vision, excellence, and ethical awareness to help steward this conscious biological evolution toward collective harmony for decades to come.

Jennylee Swallow
Department of Learning Health Sciences
Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems
PhD Student
Jennylee is a PhD student in Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems. As she prepares for her future research goals on improving patient health, she feels the certificate program provides her the opportunity to increase her knowledge of precision health and meet researchers in the field. The certificate program will be a phenomenal opportunity to network with individuals in the field and potentially lead to future collaborations. The opportunity to attend the Precision Health Symposium will allow her to connect with others in the precision health field, learn from their expertise, and share ideas.