Student Profiles

Ola Alani

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Iraq

BA, Molecular & Cell Biology, Global Poverty and Practice Minor, UC Berkeley, 2014

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered with American Red Cross international services on measles and rubella initiative
  • Served as Health Advocate for Highland Hospital to connect disadvantaged patients with resources to improve their socioeconomic status and health
  • Volunteered with Alameda County Community Food Bank to promote healthy eating and fight food deserts by giving access to healthy foods

Global Health Interest:

  • Maternal and Child Health in the Middle East, especially in areas of conflict
  • Refugee health

Anjali Albuquerque

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: India

BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 2012

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked at Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Kashmir to design solutions to mental health crises
  • Worked at United Nations in New York and helped run conference on women's health
  • Taught negotiation to women in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh with The Hunger Project

Global Health Interest:

  • Making mental health resources accessible, affordable, and culturally sensitive
  • Global maternal health and mood disorders in pregnant women

Lulua Bahrainwala

Citizenship: India
Country of Origin: Bahrain

M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), MVP Samaj's Dr. Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, 2012

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as a physician at health camps for immigrant workers in Bahrain and at blood donation camps in India
  • Served as Secretary of the Students Committee for Indian Doctors for Peace and Development to educate parents about immunization, proper nutrition, and breastfeeding and administer immunizations and supplements to children affected by malnutrition
  • Conducted research on electronic health reminders and atrial fibrillation clinical risk scores for anticoagulation at Stanford University

Global Health Interest:

  • Using policy, technology, and innovation to address health disparities, especially in immigrant populations in the Middle East
  • Regulating and managing the medical tourism industry
  • Clinical practice and primary care outcomes

Xochilt Borja

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Microbiology, San Jose State University, 2011

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with KaeMe, an NGO that partnered with the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare's multi-year, country-wide Care Reform Initiative to capture crucial information on orphaned and vulnerable children in Ghana
  • Worked as Spanish Medical Interpreter, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Served in AmeriCorps

Global Health Interest:

  • Health systems
  • Sustainable solutions to disparities in underserved communities

Tommaso Bulfone

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Italy

BS, Human Biology and Society, UCLA, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as GlobeMed GROW Intern on Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, in partnership with Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative in Mukono, Uganda
  • Acted as GlobeMed Global Health University Coordinator at UCLA
  • Co-founded the Global Health Coalition at UCLA with the Blum Center

Global Health Interest:

  • Integrating medical sciences with socio­economic, historical, and cultural elements
  • Path to universal health care
  • Rural community health needs and wilderness medicine

Joan Chang

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Chemistry, UC Berkeley; MS, Physical Chemistry, UC Davis, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Assembled running water system at school for blind children and visited orphanages, women's organizations, and microfinance associations in Peru through Foundation for Sustainable Development
  • Joined Chemists Without Borders and addressed water contamination in Bangladesh
  • Researched the role of human resources in malaria elimination to inform health policy for Mekong region in Southeast Asia

Global Health Interest:

  • Health policy and policy analysis
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Scientific and humanitarian teamwork and combining medicine with social sciences

Steven Dominguez, Jr.

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biochemistry, University of Iowa, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned at the Center for Health Policy and with the Cluj School of Public Health in Romania, using discrete choice experiments to identify factors that influence health professionals' choice of workplace
  • Presented at the University of Iowa Global Health Conference on the rise and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Attended the World Conference on Tobacco or Health

Global Health Interest:

  • Health systems and health policy
  • Working with Roma population in Eastern Europe

Sagar Dommaraju

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Led a team of volunteers to teach health workshops in underfunded Chicago Public Schools that did not have a health curriculum
  • Worked through a global health seminar on projects on refugee men's health in Chicago and sickle cell anemia in patients at the University of Illinois Hospital

Global Health Interest:

  • Applying quantitative background to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Clinical practice and global medicine
  • Women's health in India

Jamen (Jay) Garcia

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a Global Impact Fellow with Unite for Sight to research eye care delivery in Northern Ghana and aid the local doctor in the fight to end preventable blindness

Global Health Interest:

  • Eliminating barriers to eye care for patients living in poverty and in vulnerable communities
  • Ending eye care disparities in Ghana and throughout the world
  • Patient and provider education

Emma Gunderson

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Anthropology, California State University Chico, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered at a hospital in Accra, Ghana
  • Volunteered at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco
  • Studied medical anthropology

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases, especially malaria and neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Understanding social and environmental aspects of disease to develop prevention methods

Steggie Hufstedler

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Psychology (Cognitive Emphasis), UC Irvine, 2009

Global Health Experience:

  • Co-created database of trans-friendly physicians and primary care practitioners, organized support groups, and gave Transgender 101 presentations to schools, universities, and working professionals
  • Conducted anti sex trafficking workshops, safer sex classes, and Know Your Rights training for queer youth
  • Conducted voter outreach and fundraising on women's and low-income family health care

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving and making culturally relevant trauma assessment tools, specifically on smart devices, to improve treatment of populations in multi-cultural and low-resource settings

Sopiko Jimsheleishvili

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Georgia

BS, Neuroscience, University of Miami, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered on medical mission trip to provide free healthcare to rural areas in Peru with MEDLIFE, and observed physicians in a similar setting in Georgian villages
  • Founded Art of Healing organization at U Miami to provide psychological support to families traveling internationally to Miami, FL for medical treatment of their children
  • Assisted with physical therapy and prostheses training for American and Georgian amputees

Global Health Interest:

  • Increasing access to basic health services and maximizing sustainability of mobile health clinics for underserved populations
  • Addressing chronic diseases through behavioral changes and merging preventative and treatment-oriented perspectives in medical practice
  • Women's and reproductive health

Kajal Kajal

Citizenship: India
Country of Origin: India

MD (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Pgimer, Chandigarh, India, 2006

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked to conceptualize, plan, and frame health policies in Uttar Pradesh, India

Global Health Interest:

  • Reducing disparities and making quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all
  • Working in India on evidence-based policies and programs to achieve SDGs for health indicators
  • Global newborn health and Kangaroo Mother Care

Marine Khachatryan

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: Armenia

BS, Physiological Science, UCLA, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Acted as Director of Development for the Hidden Road Initiative to provide aid to underserved and underdeveloped villages in Armenia
  • Served as Co-director for Coalition for Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E.) to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, empower women, and provide women's health education
  • Served as Committee Member of the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry to raise awareness about blood-related illnesses and find matched donors worldwide

Global Health Interest:

  • Addressing barriers to healthcare availability, especially for mental health
  • Early disease prevention and policy implementation
  • Understanding the sociocultural determinants of women's health

Claire Kidiiga

Citizenship: Kenya
Country of Origin: Kenya

BSN, Nursing, Immaculata University, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Registered Travel Nurse

Global Health Interest:

  • Minimizing health disparities that affect minority populations
  • Maternal and Child's Health, including prenatal care, education for safe pregnancy, and maternal mortality

Michael Ladd

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Environmental Science, Water Resources, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 2012; MD candidate, Indiana University

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as medical assistant in microbiology lab, triage, emergency, and other departments at Centro de Salud, Clas Ttio in Cusco, Peru
  • Worked as Field Research Assistant with Alianza Arkana on a study to identify nutritional deficits in surrounding communities of Pucallpa, Peru

Global Health Interest:

  • Providing access to safe drinking water
  • Conserving and restoring natural ecosystems and utilizing their function as a sustainable method of water purification
  • Medical practice with underserved populations

Rhea Mathew

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: India

BS, Neuroscience, Global Health Minor, UCLA, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Educated individuals about how to respond to stroke symptoms in Los Angeles communities
  • Helped provide free health clinics for the residents of Maclovio Rojas, Mexico

Global Health Interest:

  • How traditional and societal norms impact health outcomes, especially for women and children
  • HIV, stigma, and access to health education
  • Medical practice with vulnerable communities

Brie McNally

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BSN, Nursing, New York University, 2012

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as a nursing student with ProWorld Health Corps on a Hands on Healthcare project in Cusco, Peru, shadowing doctors and nurses and participating in a cleaner-burning-stoves project and public health education in local schools
  • Worked as a Research Associate with UCSF's Preterm Birth Initiative on a new model of care to improve preterm infant outcomes and reduce parental stress in the Intensive Care Nursery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Global Health Interest:

  • Providing care to underserved populations in low-resource areas and reducing inequities in healthcare resources, education, and access to care
  • Nursing practice, project implementation and evaluation, and fieldwork
  • Infectious diseases in refugees, vaccine programs, and policy in LMICs

Tammy Nicastro

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Animal Science, Reproductive Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as Executive Director of Principal Gifts at UCSF, leading and contributing to strategies and cases to secure resources for UCSF's priorities in women's and children's health, including a campus-wide effort to address health disparities, a new child health equity center, and a new center for reproductive choice and family planning
  • Worked with a team of providers within a Department of Public Health setting in east-central Illinois to introduce a new injectable contraceptive developed for low-income women, especially in migrant communities

Global Health Interest:

  • Women's health, reproductive choice, and universal access to voluntary family planning
  • Empowerment of women in agriculture in developing countries and the impact on family and community health and poverty reduction
  • Evaluating the different roles of program creation, implementation, policy, and government relations

Casey Palmer

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Public Health, UC Berkeley; BA, Nursing, Columbia University, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a women's health registered nurse with marginalized communities in the US
  • Worked as a health clinic manager and a public health lab researcher focused on molecular epidemiology

Global Health Interest:

  • Obstacles to family planning and persistent inequalities faced by many women and families in the US
  • Studying the disparities within proximate populations that should have comparable access to care
  • Maternal and Child Health epidemiological research to provide access to preventive reproductive health services

Paul Park

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: South Korea

BA, Public Health, Global Poverty and Practice Minor, UC Berkeley, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered in clinical and public health capacity with UC Berkeley Chapter of Volunteers Around the World in the Dominican Republic
  • Completed a UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Global Poverty and Practice Fellowship for a research project and honors thesis evaluating the microbial quality of rainwater catchment systems and other drinking water sources in rural Tanzania
  • Worked as Undergraduate Research Apprentice for the Fernald Research Group and as Student Research Assistant for the Colford-Hubbard Research Group at UC Berkeley

Global Health Interest:

  • Working with vulnerable populations through research, service, education, and clinical practice
  • Ethical issues in global health
  • Communicable diseases and water projects

Yagana Parwak

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Public Health, Global Poverty and Practice Minor, UC Berkeley, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as Program Associate in Kabul, Afghanistan tackling neonatal hypothermia by expanding access of low-cost, high impact infant warmers and providing program support to Kabul's public hospitals and Kabul Ambulance
  • Worked at Center for Global Public Health under UC Berkeley's School of Public Health

Global Health Interest:

  • Intersection between health, human rights, and poverty, particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings
  • Humanitarian health action

Caroline Sagrera

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, Spring Hill College, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Attended a medical mission trip to Lima, Peru to set up mobile clinics and assist physicians in underserved neighborhoods
  • Volunteered at an understaffed orphanage for disabled children in Lima, Peru
  • Volunteered at a women's refugee shelter for homeless, battered, and disabled women of all demographics

Global Health Interest:

  • Gender, education, and health inequalities in local and international spheres
  • Medical practice and Tropical Medicine
  • STD prevalence and prevention, HIV healthcare availability

Ria Saha

Citizenship: India
Country of Origin: India

MSc, Environmental Sustainability, University of Ottawa; MS, Microbiology, St. Xavier's College/University of Calcutta, 2010

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked in tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, and public health at Jadavpur University and Calcutta Medical Research Institute, India

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, and research translation
  • Toxins and environmental burden

Pal Shah

Citizenship: India
Country of Origin: India

BS, Physiological Sciences, UCLA, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered in the surgery department at a hospital in Mumbai, India
  • Volunteered in an outpatient clinic in an underserved community to collect patient information and provide education reinforcement to patients on Warfarin
  • Tutored elementary school children in an underserved community in the Los Angeles area

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving access to basic health resources for underserved populations in urban communities, especially in developing countries like India
  • Women's health and empowerment in urban settings

Carolyn Smith Hughes

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Genetics and Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin, 2006

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked in healthcare communications, promoting disease awareness and treatment in mental illness, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and women's health, and chronic hepatitis C
  • Built brand communication platforms and developed launch strategies for pharmaceutical products in US, Latin American, and global markets
  • Led communication strategy and message development for the US launches of several groundbreaking HCV treatments

Global Health Interest:

  • Women's reproductive health and empowerment
  • Impact of government and local policies on women's access to reproductive health services
  • Communicable disease transmission, prevention, and treatment/management strategies in low- and middle-income countries

Nancy Wu

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BS, Human Biology, UC San Diego, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned with China California Heart Watch to take vitals, translate Mandarin to English, and assist physicians at free clinics hosted at various villages in China
  • Volunteered at HIV clinic in Tijuana, Mexico to organize the pharmacy and shadow physicians
  • Worked as medical scribe in the UCSD Emergency Department

Global Health Interest:

  • Relationship between culture and health and using cultural influences to reduce health disparities
  • Making surgery a global health priority
  • Researching and promoting high quality surgical care, especially for cardiovascular disease and heart defects

Yihui (Ashley) Yang

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, International Relations and the Political Economy, University of Southern California, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned for EMERGENCY USA to learn about NGO administration and educate and engage USC students in supporting health promotion in war-torn and developing regions

Global Health Interest:

  • Women's reproductive health and policy analysis
  • Combining interdisciplinary studies, global affairs, and medical sciences

Helen Yuan

Citizenship: USA, Canada
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered with Thousand Smiles, a non-profit organization that provides free maxillo-facial surgeries and dental care to underprivileged children in Mexico who suffer from facial deformities, such as cleft lip and palate
  • Worked with local programs in south central Los Angeles to provide proper dental education to elementary school children

Global Health Interest:

  • Access to healthcare and public health education in developing countries
  • Efficacy and longevity of non-profit clinics; policy and implementation
  • Dentistry and global oral health

Sisi Zhu

Citizenship: China
Country of Origin: China

MBA, University of Nottingham, 2013; MS, Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked at China Health Promotion Foundation on end stage renal disease (ESRD)

Global Health Interest:

  • End-stage health care for kidney disease
  • Air pollution in China
  • Hospital management and health care

Emma Zorensky

Citizenship: USA
Country of Origin: USA

BA, Molecular Biology, Princeton University, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Investigated genetic mutations associated with colorectal cancer
  • Worked at a consumer technology company that makes health and fitness trackers to enable academic researchers to implement products in novel applications and to help researchers understand the power and value of new data streams

Global Health Interest:

  • How technology can facilitate health improvements and how digital health innovations can change healthcare
  • Behavioral economics