BSCH Adds Two New Doctoral Students

Published: October 10th, 2014

Category: Department Life, Student News

Esther and Karishma

The department added two new doctoral students this August, Karishma Chhabria and Esther Piervil (pictured left). 

Karishma Chhabria, originally from India, earned her Bachelor in Pharmacy degree from University of Mumbai, India (2010) and received her MPH (Biostatistics) from UF in 2013. She returns to UF after an internship followed by a fulltime job at MMS Holdings Inc. in Michigan. There she led an NDA submission to the FDA in the statistical department. She also worked with Ipsos on various projects based on evidence generation. Karishma is a teaching assistant for the department and a research assistant in the Swallowing Research Lab. Her career has been marked by a passion to work in clinical research, epidemiology and biostatistics, lung cancer, behavioral modification, and end stage renal failure.

Esther Piervil is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow. Also a returning gator, she received her undergraduate degree in Health Education from the College of Health and Human Performance here at UF. Following her undergraduate degree, she attended Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where she received her Master of Public Health degree (concentrated in Health Policy and Management). During her time at UF Esther will serve as a teaching/research assistant in the department.  Esther’s current research interests are centered around health equity and access to health care for at-risk and under-served ethnic minority populations, with a particular focus on preventable chronic disease in Florida. She is also interested in working with Caribbean Immigrant populations focusing on acculturation and other cultural factors as they relate to mental health, nutritional health, and preventable chronic disease in the United States.

Welcome to Karishma and Esther; we’re excited to have you!