Graduate Students

Current PhD Students:

4th Year PhD Student

Pooja Subedi

I am Pooja Subedi and I am from Nepal. I am a fourth year PhD student at the Department of Epidemiology and an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellow. I am interested in research related to multi-omics of telomere length and its implications in cardiovascular health. My current research is focused on methylation markers of telomere length and their associations with risk of cardiovascular diseases. I am also passionate about social justice and health equity. In my free time, I like to read literatures on social issues, run, or do yoga.

pooja subedi

2nd Year PhD Student

Wenjie Zeng

My name is Wenjie Zeng, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Epidemiology, and I also have a Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) from Emory and a doctoral degree in Medicine (M.D.) from China. I am currently working on lipidomics analysis and relating it to multiple clinical phenotypes, such as chronic kidney disease and hypertension. My research interest is precision medicine and multi-omics research, and I hope findings from my research can help with decision making in the clinical settings. In my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and learning new skills.

Wenjie Zeng


Mingjing Chen

My name is Mingjing Chen, a first-year Ph.D. student at the Department of Epidemiology. I received my bachelor of public health and master of Laboratory of science in Public health in China. My research interest is to identify novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for cardiovascular diseases. Through further study, I hope to participate in population-based health research, the result of which can then be applied to clinical practice, improving treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. As for my personal life, I love cooking, exercising and playing piano during my spare time.

phd student

1st year phd stuDENT

Xiaoxiao Wen

I am Xiaoxiao Wen, a first year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. My previous research broadly focused on identifying modifiable risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases and related complications. In the following years, I am excited to continue my study with Dr. Jinying Zhao to explore the role of gene-environment interactions, particularly DNA methylation, in the etiology of chronic disease with the use of advanced design and analytical techniques. Prior to joining UF, I had a master's degree in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics from Peking Union Medical College and China's National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases. My favorite thing to do outside of work is dancing.

Headshot, Xiaoxiao Wen