Research Symposium

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Corey B. Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology 

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He teaches health informatics to health professions students and directs the medical informatics core for the North Dakota INBRE. Prior to joining the faculty, he served for 12 years as the Director of Science and Applied Informatics for the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCHB) where he provided scientific leadership and technical assistance on initiatives aimed at developing and expanding the research and public health capacity of tribal communities throughout the Great Plains region. His teaching and research interests are oriented toward finding effective informatics strategies that lead to increased public health capacity to address mental health disparities in rural and medically underserved populations.  A distinguishing feature of this research is the use of mixed methods research designs, data analytics, and, health and information and communication technology as core components of community-engaged efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities. Dr. Smith earned the Master of Health Sciences and PhD degrees in psychiatric epidemiology from the Bloomberg Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He went on to become a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow in health sciences informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Smith brings over 18 years of experience working across sectors to address the complex challenges associated with the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic disease in rural communities.  
Melanie Nadeau, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Indigenous Health

Dr. Melanie Nadeau is an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, North Dakota.  She completed both her Master's in Public Health in community health education with a concentration in health disparities and her PhD in social/behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Nadeau is a community engaged scholar and has worked more than 18 years on various research and evaluation projects within the American Indian community. She has successfully engaged a multitude of tribal health stakeholders from across the nation and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Native communities.  Dr. Nadeau currently serves on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Research Review Board, as co-chair elect for the Native Research Network board of directors, on the American Public Health Association American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian board, and co-chairs the Tribal Health Data workgroup for the North Dakota Department of Health.  Dr. Nadeau also serves as Director and Assistant Professor for the Indigenous Health PhD program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
S. Cristina Oancea, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Population Health

Dr. S. Cristina Oancea is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. Dr. Oancea is also the lead epidemiologist for the North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry and the senior associate editor for the Global Epidemiology journal. She has received her BS degree in Mathematics and Informatics from the University “Lucian Blaga” Sibiu, Romania; two MS degrees, in Theoretical Mathematics and in Theoretical Statistics, from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK; her PhD in Cancer Epidemiology within Environmental Health with completed PhD Biostatistics coursework, from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Oancea has completed her post-doctoral research work in Cancer Epidemiology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Oancea has over 25 years of teaching experience and has taught a wide variety of courses, both at undergraduate and graduate level, in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental health. Her research expertise is in the area of depression among cancer survivors and general population in the US and Brazil. In addition, she is working on identifying potential environmental risk factors for rare cancers.

Adrienne Salentiny, PhD
Instructional Design and Faculty Development
Education Resources

Dr. Salentiny has over 20 years' experience in instructional design, education, and technology. Her work at UND and at other institutions has contributed to the success of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-credit activities including arts and sciences programs; continuing education and outreach; aviation education; medical, nursing, and health care education; and government-required environmental safety compliance training. In her role at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), she works with leadership across 11 medicine and health sciences programs on curriculum evaluation and management, curricular change, faculty/staff development, supporting instructional experiences that meet the needs of faculty, students, and accreditors. She has designed, developed, and taught graduate courses on topics including instructional design, educational research, program and curricular assessment, and technology-based instructional methods.

Sandeep Singhal, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology

Dr. Singhal's areas of expertise include data mining, statistical modeling, and artificial intelligence with strong background in personalize medicine and cancer genomics especially in biomarker discovery and toxicity testing that I gained at various institutes in India, Europe, USA and Canada over past 16 years. My experience in the life science and healthcare fields has taught me different aspects to combined large multi-omicsdatasets and develop analytics methods, for instance, genetic profiles of large populations of cancer patients, combined with epigenetics and health records, lifestyle information and development of predictive models for patient response to a certain treatment. Such studies provide important clues about the molecular events at the genome level as well as the level of molecular networks, uncovering new approaches to the search for targeted drugs against a host of diseases.

Lynn Mad Plume, MPH
Diversity & Equity Coordinator
Department of Indigenous Health

Ms. Lynn Mad Plume is a Niitsitapi from Browning, Montana., located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. She is currently at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences serving as the Diversity & Equity coordinator. Before moving to North Dakota, Lynn spent 2 years as a community health representative for the Blackfeet Nation. During that time, Lynn completed a Master of Public Health with a specialization in American Indian Public Health from North Dakota State University in 2019. Lynn completed her undergraduate degree in community health, with a minor in sociology at Montana State University in 2016.  Lynn is currently a member of the inaugural cohort of Indigenous Health Ph.D. students at the University of North Dakota.

Lynn is passionate about improving the lives of historically excluded populations through policy development and culturally competent research methodologies. Decolonizing methodologies re-centers Indigenous peoples within their ways of knowing. Lynn believes that in order to address health inequity, current policies that affect all historically excluded populations require evaluation and reform. 

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