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The Buckley Research Group

Research Team



Giehae Choi, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, 2020 –

Giehae is an epidemiologist interested in understanding the impacts of prevalent environmental exposures during vulnerable life stages and approaches to facilitate research translation. She completed her BPH and MPH in Environmental Health at Korea University and her PhD in Epidemiology at UNC in 2020. Her dissertation applied mixtures perspectives to investigate pregnancy organophosphate ester exposures as risk factors for offspring ADHD and a potential mechanism through maternal thyroid disruption. Giehae joined the Buckley Research Group as a postdoctoral fellow to continue research in environmental mixtures and their impacts on children’s health. Outside of research, she likes to bake, cook, swim, and wheel throw.



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Taylor Etzel, PhD student, 2017 –

Taylor grew up outside of Seattle, Washington and graduated from Willamette University in 2014 with a BA in Anthropology and Biology. She then received her ScM in Epidemiology from the Brown University School of Public Health in 2017. She is currently a PhD student with a focus on Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. She is interested in children’s environmental health and her dissertation research focuses on prenatal phthalate exposures and adolescent cardiometabolic health. Outside of research, Taylor enjoys training for marathons, coaching high school track and field, and hiking with her husband and puppy, Maddie. 



Elizabeth Boyle, DrPH student, 2017 –


Liz’s research interests revolve around environmental epidemiology, risk assessment, and exposure sciences. For her doctoral research, Liz is beginning to explore the potential impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the mental health of children. Liz is also currently a Program Officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a non-profit in Washington, DC. At the NASEM, she is managing a study that is reviewing the systematic review procedures that the Environmental Protection Agency uses for the Toxic Substances and Control Act’s Risk Evaluations. Liz has an MPH in environmental health from the University of Minnesota, a BS in biology from Xavier University and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, swimming, and spending time with her husband, Brad, son, Jack, and dog, Tops.



Emily Hall, DrPH student 2019 –

Emily is a DrPH student and holds a MPH in Environmental health from Columbia University. Her interests include exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and epidemiologic and statistical methods for addressing environmental public health challenges. Emily is also the manager of the Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch (ESTB) of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), where she directs the activities of the Environmental Epidemiology, Occupational Health Surveillance, Poison Epidemiology, Health Assessment and Toxicology, and Texas Fluoridation programs. Previously, she served as environmental epidemiologist with DSHS. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, dancing, and watching/listening to live music.

Alfred May, DrPH student 2020 –


Alfred is the Public Health District Liaison for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, leading the Downeast District and serving the population of Hancock and Washington Counties. His district work involves convening the Downeast Public Health Council, a statutory, district-wide representative body formed to engage in collaborative planning and decision-making for the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services. At the state level, he serves as co-leader for the local health officer statewide database project and the new Healthy Brain Initiative Planning Lab, while leading teams in re-accreditation, infrastructure improvement, and quality improvement projects. His work in environmental health has including managing a pilot radon indoor air testing project, promoting well water testing to prevent arsenic exposures, serving on a county brownfield advisory committee, and creating risk communication for cancer prevention.



Shudi Pan, ScM student, 2019 –

Shudi is originally from Changzhou, China and graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. Shudi is currently a Master of Science Degree (ScM) student in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. Shudi's research seeks to examine the association between traffic-related air pollution and bone mineral density in the HOME study cohort.



Harris Malik, MHS student 2020 –