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Tran Huynh, PhD, MPH, CIH

Principal Investigator

Dr. Huynh is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. She led the development of the Healthy Nail Salon Project in collaboration with Vietlead, a grassroots community-based organization in Philadelphia. Having many family members working in the nail industry, she understands the health and labor issues affecting immigrant nail care professionals and is committed to making a difference. She has been working various research projects to promote healthy work environment in nail salons for over 5 years.  Her research interests focus on exposure assessment strategies for occupational epidemiological studies and developing and disseminating interventions to promote healthier workplaces.  For more information about her work and publications, click here.

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Duong (Tina) Nguyen


Duong Tina Nguyen is the program manager of the Healthy Nail Salon Project at Drexel. She received a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Being an immigrant herself and having family members work in the nail industry, Ms. Nguyen is driven to study the issues at nail salons and committed to serving the immigrant communities. Her research interests focus on the impact of air pollution on health outcomes, occupational-related diseases, health policy advocacy, and community engagement.


Nga Vu

Healthy Nail Salon Trainer/Vietlead Health Coordinator

Nga Vu is a community organizer and health coordinator at Vietlead. She has served the Asian community in the Philadelphia region for the last 9 years. Being an immigrant herself, Ms. Vu understands the challenges many immigrants must face in finding a job and providing for their families. She also knows many Vietnamese immigrants, especially women, working with harmful chemicals at nail salons without proper training on how to protect their health. Ms. Vu works with the Healthy Nail Salon Project because she believes the project will have a profoundly positive impact on many immigrant communities, especially the Vietnamese community.


Chau Nguyen

Research Assistant

Chau Nguyen is a senior at Drexel University majoring in Nursing with a minor in Nutrition. Chau is grateful to be a part of the Healthy Nail Salon Project team and expand her knowledge in public health. Chau’s responsibilities as a Research Assistant include coding and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data using NVivo 12, assisting with preparing portions of grant applications and providing input to scientific papers and publications, and coordinating data collection with other research staff as appropriate. She continues her devotion to the Healthy Nail Salon project in preventative health measures and raising health care standards in the nail salon industry.


Catherine Freeland, MPH

Program Director – Hepatitis B Foundation

Catherine Freeland is the program director of the Hepatitis B Foundation. She is also a clinical instructor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She completed her Master of Public Health at East Tennessee State University and is completing her PhD at Thomas Jefferson University. Ms. Freeland has been actively involved with the Healthy Nail Salon Project through her expertise on Hepatitis B, a prevalent disease in the immigrant communities. Hepatitis B Foundation has also supported Healthy Nail Salon Project’s participants to get tested and vaccinated for Hepatitis B and access care if they need it.



Igor Burstyn, PhD

Igor Burstyn is an accomplished educator and researcher in the field of environmental and occupational health, with training in both epidemiology and occupational hygiene. His research primarily focuses on the identification of sources and the health impacts of occupational and environmental exposures, with a particular interest in the effect of environmental in utero exposures on the health of pregnant women and their children. In addition to his position as an associate professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, Dr. Burstyn also serves as an adjunct professor at the Department of Medicine and Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is an expert consultant for the Healthy Nail Salon Project. For more information about his work and publications, click here.


Amy Carroll-Scott, MPH, PhD

Dr. Carroll-Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing urban health inequities and underlying social inequities. In both practice and academic settings Dr. Carroll-Scott has worked in partnership with policymakers, community-based organizations, and healthcare providers to conduct community health assessments, program evaluations, and neighborhood-level surveillance. She obtained her PhD in UCLA School of Public Health. Dr, Carroll-Scott is
an expert consultant for the Healthy Nail Salon Project.

For more information about her work and publications,
click here.


Lucy Robinson, PhD

Dr. Robinson is an assistant professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Statistics from Columbia University. Before joining the Drexel faculty, she was an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Robinson is an expert consultant for the Healthy Nail Salon Project.


Nate Snyder, PhD, MPH, DABT

Dr. Snyder is an associate professor in Microbiology and Immunology at Temple University. He received his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His laboratory is a highly collaborative analytical chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, and biochemistry group. Dr. Snyder is an expert consultant and laboratory partner of the Healthy Nail Salon Project.

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