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Hillary Topazian

PhD student

Department of Epidemiology

 

Prior to graduate school, Hillary discovered public health while living in Western Kenya and assisting with a series of esophageal cancer research studies. She spent a year at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health, working on cancer control policy in sub-Saharan Africa, and with the Kenya Ministry of Health in Nairobi, collaborating on cancer registry data analysis and training. Before starting her PhD, Hillary received her M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in infectious disease epidemiology.

At UNC, Hillary works with UNC Project-Malawi, conducting analysis on studies investigating sickle cell disease, Burkitt’s lymphoma, cervical cancer, and the RTS,S malaria vaccine. Her current research focuses on the epidemiology of asymptomatic and clinical malaria in Malawi.