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Elaine Fuertes
Bridge Masters Fellow 2007 - 2009

After completing her Master's degree in Population and Public Health, Elaine completed a six month internship at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Following a few months of travels, Elaine returned to Vancouver to complete her doctoral studies at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC with Drs. Michael Brauer and Chris Carlsten. Her PhD research focused on traffic-related air pollution and climate, childhood respiratory health, and the role played by genetic variability. Elaine is now working as a post-doc at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain.

Calvin Ge
Bridge Masters Fellow 2007-2011

Calvin completed his MSc program in July 2011. His thesis investigated the efficacy of composting to decontaminate Cryptococcus gattii - colonized plant material. Calvin is currently a PhD student at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Seth Gilchrist
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2007-2014

Seth Gilchrist defended his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in March of 2014. He began his academic career pursuing a B.S. Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming, after which he obtained his M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Throughout his schooling, Seth was actively engaged with industrial and research partners, completing three long-term internships at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM, Insitu Inc in Bingen, WA, and Zimmer GmbH in Winterthur, Switzerland. You can find out more about Seth's current position and post-graduation activities by visiting his LinkedIn page at "https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sethgilchrist

Shira Goldenberg
Bridge Masters Fellow 2005 - 2008

Shira completed her MSc program in Health Care and Epidemiology in March 2008. She is a an Assistant Professor at SFU and a research scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She is a global health researcher who has been conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research on social and structural factors shaping HIV and sexually transmitted infections among mobile, vulnerable populations in Canada and Latin America since 2006. Her current research aims to explore how migration and mobility patterns influence the health and safety of migrant sex workers in Vancouver and along the Mexico/Guatemala border.

A.J. Gunson
Bridge Masters Fellow 2002 - 2004

AJ was the first Bridge Fellow to graduate from UBC. After his graduation in June 2004, AJ returned to UBC to pursue doctoral studies in the Department of Mining Engineering. His main area of research is the improvement of water system design at mines, primarily to reduce water and power consumption. He consults as a Process/Commissioning Engineer at Fluor, Peru on mine water system design.

Xiurui Guo
Bridge Visiting Scholar 2014-2015

Xiurui Guo was a visiting scholar who participated in the Bridge program as a practitioner in 2014-2015. Her current research area is on the health impact valuation of air pollution, vehicular emission reduction policy, air pollution control options, energy policy, and climate change. She is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Energy Engineering at the Beijing University of Technology.

Rebecca Haber
Bridge Masters Fellow 2008 - 2011

Rebecca completed her MSc in Population and Public Health in May 2011.  Her project focused on the relationships between urban planning, neighbourhood revitalization, and health equity.  Over the summer and fall of 2011, she worked to provide community-based environmental health education and outreach in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver.  She also hopes to build on the experience she gained through her thesis project and her policy-focused Bridge internship to influence policy on the social determinants of health in Vancouver and Canada.

Anne Harris
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2005 - 2010

Anne finished her PhD in the School of Population and Public Health in December 2010. Her thesis tested and reported an association between occupational whole body vibration exposure and Parkinson's disease. She is now an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. Anne maintains involvement with investigation of Parkinson's disease risk factors at UBC and the study of infrastructural influences on cycling safety that was first developed in Bridge 501/601 in 2005-06. You can find out what Anne is up to by checking her website

Dr. Chelsea Gardner Himsworth
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2010-2014

Dr. Himsworth received her PhD from the School of Population and Public Health in 2014. Her Bridge internship was focused on Developing the BC node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC, http://www.ccwhc.ca/) at the Animal Health Centre (BC Ministry of Agriculture).  Currently, she is a Diagnostic Pathologist and the Leader for Veterinary Science and Diagnostics at the Animal Health Centre, the provincial veterinary diagnostic laboratory for British Columbia. She is also the BC Regional Director for the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative.and an Assistant Professor with the UBC School of Population and Public Health.

Jennifer Hinton
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2002-2011

Since completing her PhD in March 2011, Jennifer has worked on improving the productivity, working conditions, and livelihood security of artisanal and small-scale miners in East Africa.  Her aim of showing the profitability and safety of small-scale mining to the local community, government, and private sector has lead to her purchasing her own gold-lead-silver mine in Western Uganda.  Jennifer has also worked on various projects to increase the recognition of gender issues in artisanal mining.  Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of African Studies in Ottawa.

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