Alex Zirulnik, M.P.H. plays an important role in Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) as the Florida Cohort research coordinator. Zirulnik grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and attended University of Florida for his higher education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida College of Agriculture and his Masters of Public Health, with a focus on epidemiology, from the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. He is also certified in Public Health. Regarding his future goals, Zirulnik looks forward to attending medical school, moving out West to attend a residency in Emergency Medicine, and living a life full of adventure.
As a research coordinator, Zirulnik is very involved with the Florida Cohort project.
“I enjoy bringing together a population that often finds themselves secluded from research. [Through the project] I’ve had the opportunity to work with patients and hear their stories which has been very influential on my medical career pursuits. I also enjoy the many opportunities to collaborate with researchers all across the state of Florida.”
Alex will be leaving SHARC this summer in order to attend the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Taking over Zirulnik’s role this summer will be Ezekiel Ojewale, M.D., M.P.H. Ojewale grew up in Nigeria and left when he was 19 years old. He attended Hillsborough Community College, University of South Florida, Medical University of Lublin Poland, and the University of Florida and has earned both his Medical Degree and Masters of Public Health. Ojewale looks forward to getting his residency and saving lives through the practice of medicine, while applying the skills he has acquired during his M.P.H. to better serve the population as a whole.
Ezekiel believes there is much to gain from the Florida Cohort project.
“[I enjoy] relating with people and learning new things…along the way.”