Iman Martin, PhD, MPH, MSc

Nominated From: University of Washington

Research Site: Uganda & Ghana

Research Project: Capacity Building in Cancer Surveillance

Primary Mentor: Joe Zunt


Iman Martin was awarded her PhD in epidemiology in May 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health. She completed her doctoral dissertation, “Examining the Role of Adiposity in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Prostate Cancer” with support from a U.S. Department of Defense, Prostate Cancer Research Program Health Disparity Award, and a UIC NIH R25T pre-doctoral Cancer Education and Career Development traineeship.

In addition to her doctoral degree, she holds two masters degrees, including a MS in epidemiologic sciences from the University of Michigan (2008). As Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to District 9100 in west Africa, she earned an MPH (2004) in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Ghana. Dr. Martin has taken extensive graduate coursework in health behavior/health education as well as earning certificates in outbreak investigation and molecular biology. She participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars and University Scholars programs at the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed a dual bachelors degree in African Studies and Health & Societies.

Outside of Dr. Martin’s current position as a researcher in the UIC Institute for Human Genetics Kittles Lab, she volunteers with Project Brotherhood, a men’s clinic on the Southside of Chicago and performs with Chicago’s Ayodele Drum and Dance Company

Dr. Martin is personally dedicated to health and wellness for all. She feels that research should be an act of intellectual service, and will apply her interdisciplinary education to work in international health and development. She intends to work for an agency which develops strategies for chronic disease prevention and surveillance in resource-poor areas.


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