Gabrielle Benoit

Department of Geography
UC Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s)

Graduate Student Fellow

Gabrielle Benoit is a MA/PhD student in the Geography Department. She seeks to investigate the interactivity of people, places, and environment (built and natural) as they relate to public health challenges in our society. Of particular interest to her is the relationship between the quality of ones gastrointestinal bacteria and inflammatory diseases, chronic immune conditions, cancer development, and neuroendocrine disorders.

She earned a bachelors of science in nursing from the University of Portland. Previously, she has worked in oncology and public health. Most recently, she was working with the Public Health Institute on their Tracing Health Program, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; they provide counties and local health departments with contact tracing, scientific support, and community resources to encourage successful implementation of quarantine.