Healthy Regions + Policies Lab

About the Team

Marynia Kolak, MS, MFA, PhD

Marynia Kolak, MS, MFA, PhD

Lab Principal Investigator

Marynia is a health geographer using open science tools, spatial epidemiology & an exploratory data analytic approach to investigate issues of equity across space and time. They use applied geographic data science, quasi-experimental econometrics, and statistics to seek policy-driven, systems-integrating solutions. 

Stuart Lynn, PhD

Stuart Lynn, PhD

Research Director and Senior Principal Software Engineer

 

Stuart’s interests include widening participation in scientific discussion to non-traditional communities through the development of tools and active participation in collaborative processes. In previous roles he worked with non-profits with the Two Sigma Data Clinic, led the data science team at CARTO, and was the technical lead for citizen science platform The Zooniverse.

 

Dylan Halpern, MCP

Dylan Halpern, MCP

Principal Software Engineer

Utilizing methods of geospatial data analytics, visualization, and web development, Dylan works in domains of public health, urban experience and activity, and transit. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT, and previous positions with MIT Senseable City Lab, Civic Data Design Lab, and City Form Lab, and a Fulbright research fellowship in Brazil.  

Qinyun Lin, PhD

Qinyun Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Qinyun is a methodologist invested in humanizing research by advancing quantitative methods and the interpretation of inferences. She seeks to expand existing quantitative methods by incorporating human interactions, social and spatial contexts, and mediating factors within these analyses. 

Susan Paykin, MPP

Susan Paykin, MPP

Senior Research Manager

 

Susan manages a growing portfolio of applied research projects related to spatial analysis, GIScience, and regionally-driven public health and public policy. She also oversees community and research partnerships to help the Lab’s research initiatives and applications achieve meaningful public impact. 

Research Assistants

Desiree Becerra

Desiree Becerra

Opioid Risk Environments

MPP ’23

Shelley Hoover

Shelley Hoover

SDoH Research Associate

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chandler Hall

Chandler Hall

Opioid Risk Environments

MPP ’23

James Keane

James Keane

US Covid Atlas: Data Science

MS ’22

Qiwei Lin

Qiwei Lin

US Covid Atlas: Data Engineering

MSCAPP ’22

Isaac Rand

Isaac Rand

Geospatial Legacies of Redlining

BA ’22

Javier Andres Rojas Aguilera

Javier Andres Rojas Aguilera

Social-Spatial Networks

MSCAPP ’22

Sinduri Soundarajan

Sinduri Soundarajan

US Covid Atlas: Data Communications

BA ’22, MPP ’23

Christian Villanueva

Christian Villanueva

Opioid Risk Environments

BA ’22

Active Collaborators

Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, PhD

Imelda Moise, PhD

Lawrence Brown, PhD

Basmattee Boodram, MPH, PhD

Kevin Credit, PhD

Molly Scannell Bryan, PhD

Madeleine Daepp, PhD

Past Team

Vidal Anguino, Jr.

Fullstack Software Engineer

Margot Bolanos Gomez

Data Mapping Fellow

BA ’23

Ziqian (Alexa) Jin

Data Mapping Fellow

BA ’23

Isaac Kamber

Research Assistant

Kenna Camper

Research Assistant

Laura Chen

Research Assistant

Andres Crucetta

Graduate Research Assistant

Stephanie Yang

Data Engineering Fellow

Ryan Wang

Data Science Fellow

Lorenz Menendez

Research Assistant

Gabe Morrison

Research Assistant

Yoon Hong Park

Research Assistant

Richard Lu

Research Assistant

Erin Abbott

Research Assistant

Bibind Vasu

Research Assistant

Yao Xen Tan

Research Assistant

Cyrus Caughey

Research Assistant

Tiye Stephens

Research Assistant

Irena Gao

Research Intern

Grant Morrison

Research Assistant

Angela Li

Research Specialist

Moksha Menghaney

Mapping Analyst

Fanmei Xia

Graduate Research Assistant

Sam Joyce

Research Assistant

Helena Abney-McPeek

Summer Intern

Emily Selch

Graduate Research Assistant

Olina Liang

Research Assistant

Jizhou Wang

Research Assistant

Yuming Liu

Research Assistant

Breanna Yang

Research Intern

Arpan Laha

Summer Intern

Erin Ochoa

Data Science Fellow

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