Kathy Tran

Kathy Tran

PhD Candidate
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PhD Candidate, Environmental Health Sciences; University of California, Berkeley
MPH, Global Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH); Emory University
BS, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests
climate change, health equity, environmental justice, energy, policy
Research Description
I am a doctoral student in environmental health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. My interest in place-based environmental hazards that have implications for climate change, health and environmental justice began at Emory University, where I completed my Master of Public Health. During my time there, I had the pleasure of working on projects with vulnerable populations and collaborating with policymakers in India and Atlanta, GA. I continue to strive to identify disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards in my work and am committed to translating my research to affect equitable policymaking. I am currently examining the relationship of California oil/gas development relative to prenatal health outcomes and drinking water resources.

Selected Publications
1. White AC, Khuu JK, Dang CY, Hu J, Tran K, Liu A, Gomez S,  Zhang Z, YI R, Scumpia P, Grigorian M, and Lowry WE. Stem cell quiescence acts as a tumor suppressor mechanism in hair follicle initiated squamous tumors. Nature Cell Biology. 2014 Jan;16(1):99-107. PubMed PMID: 24335650; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3874399.

2. Tran K, Azhar G, Nair R, Jaiswal A, Knowlton K, Mavalankar D, Hess J. A cross-sectional, randomized sample survey of household vulnerability to extreme heat among urban slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Jun 18;10(6):2515-43. PubMed PMID: 23778061; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3717750.

3. White AC, Tran K, Khuu J, Dang C, Cui Y, Binder SW, Lowry WE. Defining the origins of Ras/p53-mediated squamous cell carcinoma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 3;108(18):7425-30. PubMed PMID: 21502519; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3088581.

Honors and Awards
Mentored Research Award Fellowship (2017-2018)
EPA-NEJAC Youth Perspectives Climate Change Workgroup (2016-2018)
SAGE-IGERT Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2016-2018)
Tenbosch Graduate Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2014-2015)
NCAR Biannual Colloquium on Climate and Health Scholarship (July 2013)
American Public Health Association Environment Section Student Scholarship Award (September 2012)
Public Health Traineeship, Emory University (November 2011)

Recent Teaching
PH 150B: Introduction to Environmental Health; University of California, Berkeley