Halshka earned her BA in Public Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University and her MSPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her masters research focused on female and childhood occupational exposure to mercury in artisanal mining. Before coming to IST in 2012 for her PhD, Halshka continued her research on occupational health exposure at the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization. She achieved her PhD in Life Science in 2016
Halshka is currently involved in a Swiss National Program Research Program project that will assess and investigate the fate of inhaled nanoparticles and how they are deposited in the lungs , translocated throughout the human body, and their biological effects, namely through oxidative stress. She is interested in translating clinicial research to effective international occupational safety and health public policy in order to encourage safe conditions for workers worldwide.