Lisa Parlato

Credentials: MS Population Health


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Year Started: 2020

Hometown: Mishicot, Wisconsin

What are your areas of interest within population health sciences? Environmental epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, health equity & social determinants of health

Interest Statement: I am particularly interested in the roles that genetic characteristics, exposure to environmental pollutants, and other social determinants play in chronic disease development, as well as public health measures that we can take to reduce these health hazards and improve living conditions in addition to illness treatment. I am interested in studying epigenetics and cancer epidemiology as well, with a focus on how environmental variables can instigate or affect these conditions.

What experiences in your life led you to study population/public health? While I was earning my undergraduate B.S. in biochemistry, I worked as a student intern at the Water & Environmental Analysis Laboratory at UW-Stevens Point. I tested groundwater samples for organic pollutants, and I started learning about environmental toxicology. This sparked my interest in routes of human exposure to toxins, and the disproportionate environmental burden that many populations face.

Why did you choose UW-Madison for your degree? I chose UW-Madison because of the excellent faculty, resources, and ongoing population health and epidemiology projects here. I also appreciate that UW-Madison faculty are extremely willing to help incoming students secure funding through research opportunities right away in the first semester, and the research environment is welcoming.