Yanni Liang is a second-year doctoral student pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Safety and Health. Yanni is originally from a small village in southeast China, where she grew up in a subsistence farming household. Yanni moved to the United States nine years ago in order to attend school in Wisconsin. She holds Bachelors degrees in International Business and Economics from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, as well as a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Prior to pursuing her higher education, Yanni was involved with organic cooperative farming, marketing and sales, and inspection and certification. In order to further her education in pesticide safety and sustainability, Yanni chose the University of Iowa due to Dr. Diane Rohlman's expertise in pesticide studies. Aside from graduate coursework, Yanni is also involved with the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety. In the future, she hopes to conduct research in occupational pesticide exposures among farmers and farmworkers, comparing organic and non-organic farming practices, as well as indirect exposures among the general population living near farming communities and those consuming organic vs. non-organic diets.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Diane Rohlman