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Opportunities for Training

The LEAD Center has opportunities for training at multiple levels. The most common trainees are doctoral students (PhD and DrPH) and post-doctoral trainees. LEAD also accepts some undergraduate and master’s level students, as either research employees or volunteers.

PhD and DrPH training at the LEAD Center

Maggie Stanislawski, PhD (2017) 

Dr. Stanislawski received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health in May 2017. She previously received an MSc in statistics from Colorado State University. For her PhD she studied the microbiome in two Norwegian bir​th cohorts and in the EPOCH study to determine if differences in the mother’s microbiome (gut bacteria) predicted obesity in offspring in adolescents as well as predicting early liver disease. Learn more

Christy Hockett, PhD (2017) 

Dr. Hockett completed her PhD in May 2017 at the Colorado School of Public Health using data from the EPOCH cohort. Her thesis explored the role of maternal diabetes on the timing of offspring puberty. Learn more

Allison Butti Shapiro, PhD (2015) 

Dr. Shapiro investigated the relationship between maternal diet and infant adiposity in The Healthy Start Study. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in the CU School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry learning neuroimaging. Learn more

Curtis Harrod, PhD (2014) 

Dr. Harrod studied the associations of exposure to physical activity and smoking during pregnancy and offspring body composition in The Healthy Start Study. He is now Associate Research Director of the Center for Evidence Based Policy at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Learn more

Tessa Crume, PhD (2010) 

Dr. Crume studied the role of exposure to maternal diabetes in utero on childhood obesity patterns in the EPOCH study. She found that exposure to diabetes in utero increases adiposity in 10-year old youth and that breastfeeding for six or more months reduces this effect to non-significance. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Learn more

Kendra Vehik, PhD (2007)

Dr. Vehik studied type 1 diabetes increases in Colorado using the former IDDM Registry and the current SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Registry, as well as changes in high risk genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes. She has over 45 publications and 760 citations to her work. She is currently Associate Professor, University of South Flo​rida, Health Informatics Unit and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Learn more

Postdoctoral training and junior faculty mentoring at the LEAD Center

​​Brianna Moore, PhD (Current)

Dr. Moore received her PhD from the Colorado State University in Environmental Health, Epidemiology specialization. Prior to that, she received her BS and MS from the University of Texas at Tyler. She started her postdoctoral fellowship in 2016. She is exploring the role of exposure to secondhand smoke, exclusive breastfeeding, and infant adiposity at five months of age in the Healthy Start Study, along with maternal pro-inflammatory diets and infant adiposity. Learn more

Anne Starling, PhD (2017) 

Dr. Starling received her BS from Duke University, an MPhil from Cambridge, University, UK, and her PhD from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She completed her postdoctoral training at the LEAD center in 2017. She was recently funded for a mechanistic study of prenatal air pollution exposure through mapping and offspring obesity risk, an NIH K99/00 award funded as a Healthy Start ancillary study. She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in July 2017. Learn more

Katherine Sauder, PhD (2016) 

Dr. Sauder received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 after receiving her MS in biobehavioral health. She was a pediatric nutrition T32 Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014-2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the CU School of Medicine. Dr. Sauder is exploring the role of early life vitamin D intake on childhood vascular health through and American Heart Association grant funded as Healthy Start ancillary study. She is also one of the multiple PIs on a diabetes prevention trial in Native American youth, recently funded as an R01 from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Learn more


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