Student Profiles

Lucia Abascal

Citizenship: México
Country of Origin: México

MD, Universidad Panamericana, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a rural physician in charge of a non-profit clinic and implemented community health interventions in a small town in Mexico

Global Health Interest:

  • Effects of social injustice on health care in developing countries

Rah-Sha Al-Hassan

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, Hampton University, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as an Emergency Room scribe with patients with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension

Global Health Interest:

  • Health disparities and trends that solidify generational occurrences of lifestyle diseases in families, such as diabetes and heart failure
  • Family medical practice in medically under-served communities, advocating for preventive medicine and screenings
  • International health policy

Ridhi Arun

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: India

BS, Neuroscience, UCLA, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as a member of the Cause Education Committee, Pediatric AIDS Coalition, educating the UCLA and greater Los Angeles community on the science and stigma related to Pediatric HIV/AIDS
  • Volunteered for Global Brigades, providing a holistic approach to international health care relief
  • Served as Fellow of the Atlantis Project based in Trieste, Italy, studying international health care systems and practices

Global Health Interest:

  • Refugee health and working with international relief organizations, human rights and health care
  • HIV/AIDS education and disease prevention, water security and safety, and international health care systems and policies

Emma Bohannon

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked for the Nevada Office of HIV/AIDS and developed a strategic marketing campaign for HIV prevention and Ryan White care services for marginalized communities
  • Studied comparative health systems and cultural sensitivity in the delivery of health care in Northern Spain
  • Worked as a medical scribe in pain management and orthopedic medicine

Global Health Interest:

  • Increasing health care accessibility regardless of geographic location and demographic factors
  • Policy implementation and advocacy work for global health equity
  • Medical practice in infectious diseases

Resego Bokete

Citizenship: Botswana
Country of Origin: Botswana

BS, Biomedical Sciences, University of Cincinnati, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Researched the incidence of hepatitis B virus in HIV-1c positive, treatment-naive individuals in Botswana during an internship at the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership
  • Volunteered in clinical and administrative capacity to care for children with HIV/AIDS at Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Center
  • Volunteered as a caregiver for burn survivors and multiple-disability children at Children of Fire and the Johannesburg School for the Blind, both based in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Worked as a Sensory Needs Counselor at Stepping Stones in Ohio providing care for developmentally disabled individuals aged 7-17 years

Global Health Interest:

  • Eradicating health disparities and increasing health equity across communities
  • Medical practice in underserved communities and tackling infectious diseases through practice and research
  • Eliminating malaria in high malaria countries such as Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cape Verde, Malaysia, El Salvador, and São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Investigating the link between HIV/AIDS and malaria, looking at possible advantages in co-infection cases as compared to mono-infection cases

Sonya Chalaka

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology and Psychology, Public Health Minor, Santa Clara University, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as a tutor for underserved students of the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, Arizona and in Oakland, California
  • Engaged with patients, physicians, and hospital administration to evaluate the Danish health care system and investigate routes to improve health access and care quality in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Worked as a Medical Scribe at El Camino Hospital Emergency Department in Mountain View, California

Global Health Interest:

  • Engaging communities in preventative health conversations
  • Underscoring the role of chronic stress in non-communicable disease occurrence
  • Providing community care and health workshops for individuals with little to no health access and/or health education
  • Pediatric medicine

Dar Chung

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Neuroscience, University of Michigan, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Researched disparities of disabled populations in Tanzania
  • Volunteered in various community service projects and mission trips

Global Health Interest:

  • Health disparities and diverse responses to different health approaches
  • Pediatric and family medicine
  • Maternal and Child Health

Aleksandra Degtyar

Citizenship: USA

BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2013; MD candidate, UCLA

Global Health Experience:

  • Led the Global Health Selective at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Researched HIV risks of MSM and transgender female sex workers in Lima, Peru

Global Health Interest:

  • Strengthening health care systems in developing countries
  • Medical practice and global emergency care

Liam Erickson

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, 2011

Global Health Experience:

  • Led global service trips for high school and college students to learn about community disparities and participate in public health interventions, such as installing drinking water wells and providing homes with solar electricity
  • Volunteered with doctors in a hospital in Arequipa, Peru to organize and execute a medical campaign for a rural community in the Peruvian highlands
  • Worked as an EMT at Vail Health
  • Worked with City Year to teach and mentor students to help reach their full potential and be successful in school and beyond

Global Health Interest:

  • Food security and access to clean water in rural Uganda
  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Global health education
  • Medical practice

Emily Evans

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with non-profit organizations in Southern Arizona providing shelter and legal aid to women and children migrants
  • Worked as a research associate in the emergency department of the University Medical Center translating patient surveys and studying the nexus of culture and medicine

Global Health Interest:

  • Border health and helping migrants and refugees in Central America and the Mediterranean region
  • Advocating for equal health care access for vulnerable populations

Jeffery Ezennia

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Nigeria

BA, Integrative Biology, Global Poverty and Practice Minor, UC Berkeley, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with Fundación Cántaro Azul to design and implement water education programs in rural schools in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Researched ways to improve care and disease management for individuals with Sickle Cell anemia at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland
  • Worked on a malaria education and awareness program through international Health, Education, Advocacy, Research, and Training at UC Berkeley

Global Health Interest:

  • Increasing access to basic health services and health care knowledge
  • Intersection between health policy and human ecology and how they interact to impact one’s health
  • Water access and health issues that arise from lack of access, including chronic and non-communicable diseases
  • Medical practice

Camila Hurtado

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, Spanish Language and Literatures Minor, UC Berkeley, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned in a hospital in Madrid and researched Spain’s health care system and the differences between public and private health care systems
  • Volunteered as a medical scribe at a public health clinic in San Francisco and observed advantages and shortcomings of the health care system
  • Studied infectious diseases and developmental genetics and observed barriers to medical care and their consequences in Mexico and South America

Global Health Interest:

  • Researching socio-economic conditions that facilitate the spread of infectious diseases domestically and internationally
  • Translating research into policy to improve health care systems locally and abroad
  • Medical practice

Kumsu Hwang

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: South Korea

BS, Biology, California State University, Fresno, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as a secretary of Luke Mission, a nonprofit organization providing medical care to the impoverished in low-income countries
  • Volunteered at an orphanage and health event in Thailand
  • Worked as a medical scribe in an underserved area of Fresno, California

Global Health Interest:

  • Health consequences of poverty and lack of access to medical care
  • Medical practice and providing health aid to children in low-income countries

Kirsten Juliet

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Chemistry, College of William and Mary, 1991; MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1996

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a rural pediatrician for more than 17 years and witnessed issues of poverty and lack of access to medical care and critical services
  • Studied global health and disaster management

Global Health Interest:

  • Global health education

Ann Marie Kelly

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, English, University of Notre Dame, 2014

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered at a hospital in Tanzania examining the complex nature of the doctor-patient relationship and the cyclic relationship that endures between poverty and disease
  • Studied resource accessibility and cultural misconceptions regarding nutrition and hygiene in Samoa

Global Health Interest:

  • Underlying pathology of chronic disease that persists among the impoverished
  • Advocating for underserved populations
  • Medical practice

Kathy Ko

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Health Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 2012

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with AmeriCorps serving low-income communities with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Worked with the Alameda County Public Health Department

Global Health Interest:

  • Lung health education
  • Advocating for immigrants and Asian Americans

Victoria Laleau

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Guatemala

BS, Health Education, San Francisco State University, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked at UCSF on a CDC-funded research study on colorectal cancer
  • Worked as a health advocate for Breathe California focusing on creating new policies around flavored tobacco products in San Francisco

Global Health Interest:

  • Using data and research to help give a voice to vulnerable populations and diminish the burden of health disparities
  • Working with immigrant populations and refugees
  • Researching the healing properties of mindfulness

Paola Louzado Feliciano

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Cuba and Puerto Rico

BS, Public Health, Syracuse University, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as an EMT on the Syracuse University campus
  • Volunteered with Global Medical Brigades and participated in a public health and medical brigade in Honduras
  • Researched global health ethics and “corrective rape” in South Africa

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving emergency medical care services and access in underserved rural communities
  • Public health education in maternal and reproductive health
  • Improving water quality in underdeveloped communities in Honduras
  • Emergency pediatric medicine

Sumayya Mohammed

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: India

BA, Biology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted tuberculosis research
  • Volunteered in various service projects
  • Created a health and wellbeing program for inner-city children

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases and the causes of public health crises
  • Medical practice advocating for the underserved
  • Maternal health amongst refugee populations

Katie Morales

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, San Francisco State University, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a nurse practitioner at La Clínica de La Raza, providing primary care to underserved and undocumented individuals within the community
  • Volunteered at Casa Guatemala, a community clinic providing family planning, malaria and dengue fever prevention in Guatemala
  • Volunteered with Children International in Ecuador, providing patient education on nutrition, hygiene, and health promotion for the indigenous Quechua population

Global Health Interest:

  • Eradicating health care disparities and burden of disease in marginalized populations, particularly women and refugees
  • Ensuring sustainable, high-quality, primary medical care for all

Kezia Mostak

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2006

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana focusing on HIV, maternal and child health, and sanitation
  • Studied and worked as a midwife caring for women of the Juarez, Mexico/ El Paso, TX border and neighboring areas

Global Health Interest:

  • Addressing the roots of economic and health inequalities
  • Creating policy for maternal and child health

Vahid Namdarizandi

Citizenship: Canada
Country of Origin: Iran

BA, Psychology, Carleton University, 2016; MD, Saint James School of Medicine, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Participated in two health fairs for the locals of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, performing medical examinations and providing medical awareness education

Global Health Interest:

  • Reducing health disparities and improving health access, especially for pediatric populations in underserved areas
  • Medical practice

Andrea Nickerson

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014

Global Health Experience:

  • Researched and documented the effects of long-range bird migration on avian influenza transmission in Boston, MA and Obihiro, Japan
  • Volunteered at the San Francisco SPCA administering treatments to dogs and cats as a member of the Shelter Medicine team

Global Health Interest:

  • Zoonotic diseases and One Health approaches to help predict and prevent global outbreaks
  • Veterinary medicine practice

Maria Ortega

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Psychology, University of New Mexico, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted research in perinatal brain injury, Cerebral Cavernous Malformations, and Muscular Dystrophy at the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico
  • Worked with refugee families

Global Health Interest:

  • Health disparities, perinatal health, and refugee health issues
  • Medical practice

Akasha Palou-Torres

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

BS, Biology, Chemistry Minor, University of Central Florida, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as an Alternative Break Program Coordinator and planned an immersive trip to Puerto Rico for university students to address the health of children with cancer
  • Served as site leader for SOLE HOPE for 75 students to make shoes for children in Africa
  • Led undergraduate students to work with Handmade Especially for You to help knit scarves for the homeless in Orlando
  • Worked as a research assistant at UCF to recognize a pattern of craniofacial development/anomalies for children with Down syndrome

Global Health Interest:

  • Pediatric oncology research
  • Refugee mental health
  • Holistic/plant-based health care

Sabahat Rahman

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Public Health, BA, Molecular and Cell Biology-Neurobiology, UC Berkeley, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned at Grameen Bank, an organization built to educate and empower women from poverty-stricken families to take charge of financial responsibilities
  • Traveled with a medical brigade through MEDLIFE to assist in public health education, community building, and health assessments and treatments in the urban slums of Peru
  • Participated in the R&D committee of iHeart (formerly Students Supporting Doctors Without Borders), assisting in research of malaria hotspots and possible interventions

Global Health Interest:

  • Analysis of failed health care infrastructures and the political and socioeconomic obstacles they faced
  • Bridging the gap of health care disparities through policy change and direct clinical practice

Hailey Reeves

Citizenship: Canada
Country of Origin: Canada

BA, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted research on the clinical implications of the Zika virus at a maternal and childcare hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, studying factors that cause malformations in neonates upon congenital infection with the Zika virus

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases and vaccination of underserved populations
  • The effects of socioeconomic and environmental influences on health and wellbeing
  • Medical practice

Sayaka Ri

Citizenship: Hong Kong/Japan/USA
Country of Origin: Hong Kong

BA, Molecular and Cell Biology Major, Human Rights Minor, UC Berkeley, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as an intern in the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (SVCZ) program at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) New York office to build an mHealth app, MediCapt, to collect medical documentation in sexual violence cases and preserve its chain of custody electronically to be used as forensic evidence in the DRC and Kenya
  • Received the Davis Peace Prize Fellowship, which provided a $10,000 grant to build a tablet lab for Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange at Tu Du Hospital, Saigon
  • Worked as an undergraduate researcher at the Human Rights Center, Boalt Law School at UC Berkeley to study open-source datasets documenting attacks on health care facilities in Syria and using these as an indicator of violence in conflict
  • Presented at the 2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference

Global Health Interest:

  • Studying the long-term health effects of conflict and destruction of health care systems
  • Exploring the intersection of health and human rights

Mersal Samimi

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Psychology, UCLA, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Collaborated with UCLA Department of Neurology and West Los Angeles VA Medical Center to develop and test diagnostic tools and neuropsychological exams to distinguish different forms of dementia and offer more effective treatments in the early stages
  • Worked with the American Red Cross and hospitals abroad to develop prenatal education classes, set up medical camps in rural areas, and provide immunization education
  • Collaborated with the Joint Commission to improve patient safety through clinical observations and education programs for medical staff in underserved areas
  • Mentored Syrian refugee families on health education and promotion and helped develop and implement programming to support refugee youth
  • Provided mental wellness education and extended counseling to at-risk populations through the Mental Health Initiative club at UCLA

Global Health Interest:

  • Socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental determinants of health
  • Medical practice with focus on preventive medicine, outcomes and effectiveness, and quality of care in vulnerable populations
  • Developing health education strategies, interventions, and programs to target women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and social impacts of drug abuse and addiction

Jacqueline Shieh

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, UCLA, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with communities in Nicaragua to help ensure sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene through Global Brigades
  • Interned with Relief International, an international NGO that responds to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies, and chronic poverty

Global Health Interest:

  • Water-related infectious diseases and neglected tropical diseases
  • Refugee health and humanitarian aid
  • Effects of climate change on the health of vulnerable populations

Vikram Sridharan

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: India

MS, Industrial Engineering, The University of Alabama, 1998

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked to build health systems that identify and enable reductions in the cost of health care
  • Volunteered as a software engineer at a Bay Area refugee mental health NGO helping build their Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) platform

Global Health Interest:

  • Development and use of e/m-health technologies to enable better health outcomes
  • Global health informatics to build and enable health applications that deliver targeted health outcomes
  • Digital epidemiology and its impact on enabling the development of cost-effective global health solutions

Anne Starcevich

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as an instructor for Kids In Nutrition to promote the development of healthy eating and lifestyle habits in elementary school children
  • Worked as a medical assistant and scribe in orthopedic surgery

Global Health Interest:

  • Effects of environmental factors on biological processes
  • Obstacles to health care in rural populations
  • Multifaceted preventative health care

Virginia Svigals

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Nursing, East Carolina University, 2009

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a nursing leader and teacher within the Madaktari Program in Tanzania
  • Organized and introduced a CPR program to all medical staff at Haydom Hospital and taught basic vital sign assessment classes in the Haydom Nursing School in Tanzania
  • Co-wrote and taught ventilator management protocols and ICU patient protocols in the Mwanza and Haydom Hospital Intensive Care Units

Global Health Interest:

  • Increasing women's access to primary health care in lower socioeconomic populations and developing countries, including creating sustainable cervical cancer prevention and treatment health clinics for at-risk populations
  • Empowering women through health education and assessing the barriers to treatment access

Ekaterina Tangog

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, UC Davis, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as an exercise intern, Co-Outreach Director, and Clinic Manager of RIVER (Recognizing Illnesses Very Early and Responding), an organization that advocates for the importance of preventive care through exercise and nutrition education for underserved populations in Davis and Sacramento, California
  • Volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Fisher House Foundation to support military service members and their families

Global Health Interest:

  • Reducing the gap in health education by bringing preventive care and essential resources to disadvantaged, poverty-stricken populations
  • Understanding socioeconomic barriers to health care
  • Addressing chronic illnesses and how to combat them with preventive practices
  • Primary care medical practice

Alekya Tummala

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: India

BA, Biochemistry, Saint Louis University, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as a Research Associate and facilitated public health and prevention/screening research in the Saint Louis University ER
  • Worked as a Research Assistant to develop novel antimalarial drugs
  • Founded Sai Health Camps to provide underserved families with free, basic health care and disease and prevention information

Global Health Interest:

  • Providing affordable and accessible health resources to combat non-communicable diseases around the world
  • Medical practice

Janelli Vallin

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Public Health, UC Berkeley, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned with Beijing Smile Angel Children’s Hospital, a non-profit hospital that primarily focuses on children born with cleft lips and palates
  • Participated in a MEDLIFE medical brigade in Peru to shadow physicians, teach children how to brush their teeth, and lead an educational workshop on nutrition for mothers and children

Global Health Interest:

  • Maternal and child care, health literacy, and infectious diseases
  • Medical practice

Brianna Vargas

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biopsychology, UC Davis, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered in a Kaiser Permanente maternity ward to work directly with mothers within 48 hours of giving birth and help their team closely monitor overall recovery and health
  • Served as the Community Service Committee Leader for Pre-Med AMSA and partnered with the UC Davis Medical Center by organizing quarterly visits to support pediatric patients and their families
  • Studied medical anthropology

Global Health Interest:

  • Implementing holistic healing practices unique to individuals
  • Addressing maternal and child health disparities in minority populations and migrant communities
  • Improving opportunities for accessible, affordable and quality health care, especially for infants and children

Abhinav Veerina

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Religion, Health & Medicine, Northwestern University, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted qualitative research on the intersections of contemplative religious practice and cardiovascular health in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Worked at the GlobeMed Global Headquarters in Evanston, IL as a Chapter Support Fellow assisting GlobeMed chapters at universities across the USA
  • Served as a Princeton in Asia teaching fellow at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia

Global Health Interest:

  • Understanding and addressing trauma, resilience, and the impact of war and conflict on mental health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Humanitarian aid

Pamela Williams

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2011

Global Health Experience:

  • Developed and facilitated research in patient safety and community health as a Research Data Analyst at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for the Center for Vulnerable Populations
  • Contributed to the growth and development of women’s health initiatives within the UCSF Breast Care Center
  • Served as an HIV/AIDS and community health Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia establishing behavior-change and resource accessibility focused initiatives

Global Health Interest:

  • Health care advancement through integrated technology
  • Closing the gap in health care access
  • Maternal health
  • Refugee populations