Fellowships Awarded: 2012
Joan Casey, MA, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has long observed the dynamic interaction between the environment and human health, which drove her to pursue a BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and subsequently an MA in Human Physiology at Columbia University, Teachers College. Originally from Oregon, Joan’s time at Johns Hopkins has allowed her to coalesce her past experiences as she has become immersed in public health. In addition to learning, Joan has particularly enjoyed working with other students as a teaching assistant in two environmental health courses. For her dissertation, Joan will examine the link between concentrated animal feeding operations and antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. She hopes that her research will translate into policy requiring the withdrawal of all antibiotics, and particularly those of therapeutic importance to humans, from food animal production. Her advisor is Dr. Brian S. Schwartz, professor and co-director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.