Healthy Regions + Policies Lab

Community

Core 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. 

Qinyun Lin, PhD

Qinyun Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

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. 

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. 

Susan Paykin, MPP

Susan Paykin, MPP

Sr. Research Specialist

Susan is a Senior Research Specialist with the Center for Spatial Data Science. Her work integrates GIS and spatial analysis with public policy research, with a focus on public health, equity, and food systems. She holds an M.P.P. from Harris School of Public Policy at University of Chicago. 

Vidal Anguino, Jr., MS

Vidal Anguino, Jr., MS

Fullstack Research Engineer

Fusing his love for technology and smarter governance, Vidal is driven to help government use data science and analytics more effectively, ethically, and equitably. He is excited by the prospect of local governments using spatial data science tools to implement localized, data-driven policy.

Andrew Morse, MS

Andrew Morse, MS

Applied Data Fellow

As a researcher, Andrew’s interest is in developing data-based solutions to improve the equity and well-being of our communities. He will soon hold an M.S. in Analytics from the University of Chicago. Currently, he is working on research exploring the spatial relationships between environmental factors, social vulnerability, and health outcomes.

Active Student Cohort

Issac Kamber

Research Assistant

Open AirQuality Team

Stephanie Yang

Data Science Fellow, Research Assistant

COVID Atlas Engineering Team

Andrés Crucetta

Graduate Research Assistant

COVID Atlas Data Science Team

Kenna Camper

Research Asistant

COVID Atlas Communications Team

Laura Chen

Research Assistant

COVID Atlas Communications Team

Emily Selch

Graduate Research Assistant

Opioid Risk Environment Team

Olina Lang

Research Assistant

Opioid Risk Environment Team

Fanmei Xia

Graduate Research Assistant

Opioid Risk Environment Team

Past Team

Moksha Menghaney

Research Specialist

Angela Li

Research Specialist

Grant Morrison

Research Assistant

Yoon Hong Park

Research Assistant

Cyrus Caughey

Research Assistant

Bibind Vasu

Research Assistant

Susan Paykin

Research Assistant

Breanna Yang

Research Intern

Richard Lu

Research Assistant

Erin Abbott

Research Assistant

Yao Xen Tan

Research Assistant

Irena Gao

Research Intern

Tiye Stephens

Research Assistant

Sam Joyce

Research Assistant

Helena Abney-McPeek

Summer Intern

Arpan Laha

Summer Intern

Erin Ochoa

Data Science Fellow

Ryan Wang

Data Science Fellow

Gabe Morrison

Research Assistant

Yuming Liu

Research Assistant

Lorenz Menendez

Research Assistant

Jizhou Wang

Research Assistant

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