Kevin Mwenda is a senior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Engineering. He is working at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire, with Dr. Jason Moore's Computational Genetics Laboratory. His summer research experience involved the incorporation of biostatistics with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in performing a spatial statistical analysis of particle pollution and lung cancer incidences in New Hampshire. Under the guidance of Drs. Moore, Xun Shi, and Chantel Sloan, a PhD student, he engaged in a collaborative and evidence-based research which entailed a multi-disciplinary approach to analyze the influence of an environmental phenomenon on a genetically diverse population sample.
Currently, Kevin's senior year thesis focuses on the use of spatial statistical analyses to analyze the influence of particle pollution on a genetically diverse population sample with pneumonia in New Hampshire.
Kevin is interested in enrolling in a graduate program entailing the extensive use of GIS in research and problem-solving. Kevin states, "I hope to pursue a career in Geospatial Analysis in health or urban related issues."