Student Profiles

Eva Adana

Eva Adana

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Music; BA, Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Dominican University, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology internship learning about adequate care for underserved and underrepresented populations

Global Health Interest:

  • Women’s health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Medical technologies

Sophie Ahmad

Sophie Ahmad

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Neuroscience; BA, Spanish, UCLA, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Educated students and the community about the history and stigma, transmission methods, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, as the president of the Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA
  • Provided free primary care and medical services to rural communities outside Lima, Peru
  • Visited HIV clinics and support groups in Tanzania with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Global Health Interest:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Maternal/Women's health
  • Increasing healthcare access for marginalized communities

Chelsie Anderson

Chelsie Anderson

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Physiology, San Francisco State University, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Participated in Global Brigades: Medical, Dental and Public Health (2013-2016) recruiting medical professionals, fundraising, and acquiring medication donations to partner with local health care providers and run week-long mobile clinics in Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua that provided care and medication to patients living far from medical centers, free of charge
  • Helped run a public health project in Nicaragua with local construction workers that installed cement floors and septic tanks at community members’ homes to address root causes of common health complaints seen in clinic

Global Health Interest:

  • Global surgery
  • Access to healthcare
  • Sustainability

Masih Babagoli

Masih Babagoli

Country of Origin: USA/Iran

BA, Biochemistry and Economics, Columbia University, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Analyzed implementation challenges of Ghana’s community health worker pilot
  • Researched roles in which community health workers can be implemented to improve diabetes prevention and management
  • Conducted cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses of a menstrual hygiene management intervention targeting schoolgirls in Kenya

Global Health Interest:

  • Community health workers
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Health systems strengthening

Anjana Baradwaj

Anjana Baradwaj

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, UCLA, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Spent three months in rural northern India to train Community Health Workers in classroom and field settings and conducted antenatal checkups, education sessions, and general physicals in various villages in an effort to improve maternal and infant health
  • Worked for three years to install smokeless cookstoves, coordinate transport of surgical patients, organize eye camps, and create a census health data collection system in a Tamil Nadu village through UCLA Project RISHI
  • Spent one month in Cameroon conducting field biology research on avian malaria vector species

Global Health Interest:

  • Access to culturally competent care for immigrant, refugee, and indigenous populations
  • Intersection of environment, human, and animal health/One Health and implications for disease spillover
  • Maternal and child health in developing countries

Forrest Barker

Forrest Barker

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, University of Washington, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked in business development for a company creating medical clinics in remote areas of the world

Global Health Interest:

  • Global health care economics
  • Creating medically focused CSR projects so that local operations of international companies provide long term benefit to the local populous
  • Vaccine distribution modeling

Sarah Becker

Sarah Becker

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Received a certificate in public health from the University of Colorado Boulder after completing 20 credits of coursework in global public health and related subjects
  • Participated in the medical practice and policy program at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, studying healthcare systems across Scandinavia

Global Health Interest:

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Mental Health

Liana Beld

Liana Beld

Country of Origin: China/USA

BS, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Developed a heat stable vaccine formulation of a strain of Newcastle Disease vaccine as a member of the UCSC 2019 iGEM team
  • Co-wrote metagenomic organism clustering algorithm for human wastewater samples using tetra-nucleotide frequencies

Global Health Interest:

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Vaccine accessibility

Mimi Carson

Mimi Carson

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Bioengineering, UCLA, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Researched infectious disease diagnostic methods for point-of-care settings

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases

Rachel Christensen

Rachel Christensen

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Animal Science - Pre-Veterinary Science, Minors in Physiology and Microbiology, Cal Poly Pomona, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered at a non-profit equine therapeutic riding center focused on supporting the development of physical and mental connections between horse and rider
  • Worked as an EMT with infection control certification for an independent retirement community in Southern California
  • Worked on LA and OC county farms with various livestock including horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle

Global Health Interest:

  • Military healthcare
  • Emergency and trauma medicine
  • Agricultural and veterinary health in relation to One Health

Andrea Correa

Andrea Correa

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Notre Dame de Namur University, 2019

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a primary care coordinator assisting patients in low income communities obtain and manage their health care
  • Interned at a Biotechnology company assisting in translational research

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving access to health care for low income communities
  • Mental health in low income communities and its effect on cardiovascular disease
  • Health advocacy for pediatric patients in underserved communities

Penelope Dodson

Penelope Dodson

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Physiology, UC Davis, 1991; BS, Dental Materials, UCSF, 1995; DDS, UCSF, 1995

Global Health Experience:

  • Treated patients from all over the world in private practice for over 20 years

Global Health Interest:

  • Access to care
  • Abortion access
  • Childhood obesity in indigenous populations

Isabella Dohil

Isabella Dohil

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA, 2019

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted longitudinal study assessing hepatitis B viral screening in low-income and medically underserved populations across San Diego County
  • Implemented education and health initiatives among young adults with chronic diseases
  • Volunteered at all-girls orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico

Global Health Interest:

  • Communicable diseases
  • Health disparities
  • Vulnerable populations

Amity Eliaz

Amity Eliaz

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Neuroscience, UCLA, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as COVID-19 contact tracer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Volunteered to provide free clinics in resource-poor settings in Villa Nueva, El Salvador
  • Co-founded Our Kids Sake nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources for children and families experiencing homelessness

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving access to health care
  • Improving health care quality

Diana Etwaru

Diana Etwaru

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Neuroscience, UC Santa Cruz, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered at a free clinic in Santa Cruz

Global Health Interest:

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Access to healthcare

Amye Farag

Amye Farag

Country of Origin: USA

MD, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, 2016;
BS, Biochemistry, Arizona State University, 2011

Global Health Experience:

  • Completed EM Education and Training in Southern India
  • Volunteered at HIV Clinic in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Volunteered in rural clinics in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Global Health Interest:

  • Pediatric trauma
  • Barriers to accessing care
  • Emergency care systems development

Didi Ganesan

Didi Ganesan

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Studied policies on healthcare, drug control/distribution, and sex work in Amsterdam

Global Health Interest:

  • Water purity
  • Cost-effective analysis
  • Policy distribution

Maya Ganeshan

Maya Ganeshan

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered to provide basic necessities to the Little Flower Convent School, a government subsidized Blind and Deaf School in Chennai, India
  • Assisted in West Philadelphia classrooms to help teachers with their lessons, create neurology and cardiology lessons for high school students, coordinate the classrooms, and manage four other TAs

Global Health Interest:

  • Sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health
  • Maternal health in developing countries

Tanvi Gurazada

Tanvi Gurazada

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted field research in the Mae Sot province of Thailand on primary and maternal health care access issues facing migrant worker communities
  • Scribed for an Ob/Gyn in Mumbai
  • Worked as a clinical assistant at a Bay Area reproductive health center and counseled patients through contraceptive, pregnancy and abortion care options

Global Health Interest:

  • Reproductive healthcare, specifically studying social, structural and cultural obstacles to abortion access
  • Advocating for a reproductive justice framework in contraceptive, abortion and maternal clinical care
  • Utilizing the power of patient anecdotes and voices as legitimate sources of evidence to change harmful clinical practices and counseling methods

Winta Haile

Winta Haile

Country of Origin: Eritrea

BS, Nursing, Asmara University, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as Tuberculosis/Leprosy program manager in combating the spread of TB, introducing TB treatment guidelines, and controlling morbidity and mortality rates of the disease in central region of Eritrea
  • Conducted qualitative research focused on knowledge, attitude, and practice of mothers towards malnourished children in Asmara, Eritrea
  • Worked as health educator focused on increasing the awareness of malaria mode of transmission, signs and symptoms of the disease in lowlands of Eritrea

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious Disease control
  • Maternal and child health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases in developing countries

Graham Hinchcliffe

Graham Hinchcliffe

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

BA, Hons International Business with German, Sheffield Hallam University, 2005

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a Regulatory Inspector at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England since 2012, ensuring health and social care service meet regulatory standards of safety and quality
  • Established a UK-based healthcare quality consultancy called Mango Tree Group in 2015, supporting National Health Service (NHS) organisations to meet regulatory and quality requirements
  • Worked at the Royal College of Psychiatrists establishing national audits and accreditation programmes for mental health and learning disability services

Global Health Interest:

  • Mental health and learning disabilities
  • LGBTQI+
  • Population health, specifically marginalized or at risk groups

Kirstin Kielhold

Kirstin Kielhold

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Psychology, UC Berkeley, 2019

Global Health Experience:

  • Taught evidence-based sex education lessons to students in title one public high schools
  • Worked with the Needle Exchange in San Francisco to promote safe injection practices and build connections between clients and various treatment services in the surrounding community
  • Collected data for the San Francisco Department of Public Health identifying the most common HIV transmission behaviors among people who inject substances to better inform and target future public health interventions

Global Health Interest:

  • Sexual health
  • Mental health
  • Socioeconomic health disparities

Richard Hieu Le

Richard Hieu Le

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Economics, UC Santa Cruz, 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Stanford Medical Center in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Assisted with abstraction of patient information within large databases in the US and around the world (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea)

Global Health Interest:

  • COVID-19
  • Access to care
  • Chronic health conditions

Deandra Lee

Deandra Lee

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Minor in Chicanx Studies, UC Davis, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with the UC Davis Center for Health and the Environment for three years assisting in the P.A.S.O.S research project, which aimed to understand the efficacy of health promotion classes in the workplace of Latinx immigrant farmworkers
  • Volunteered in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic as a medical assistant, taking patient vital signs, teaching health promotion classes in local elementary schools, and helping provide free healthcare and advice for local people
  • Volunteered as a medical interpreter and scribe at the Rota Care San Jose free clinic for the low-income/underserved community in San Jose

Global Health Interest:

  • Socioeconomic/environmental/food desert impacts on health
  • Health promotion and education in immigrant and low-income communities
  • The racial composition of health detriments

Disha Nangia

Disha Nangia

Country of Origin: India

BS, Biology, UCLA, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with UCLA CHIPTS center on a clinical research project regarding HIV medication adherence in at risk youth
  • Worked with UCLA TEACH to tutor, mentor and educate at-risk Venice community youth about community diseases
  • Worked with Health Career Connection under the Santa Clara County Wellness program to aid in wellness initiatives for county employees

Global Health Interest:

  • Preventative health education in at risk communities
  • Primary care access to underserved communities
  • Community based medicine

Ari Safi

Ari Safi

Country of Origin: USA

BS/BA, Applied Public Health/Global Studies, Australian Catholic University, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Interviewed occupants in slums of New Delhi regarding income level, education level and health literacy to ensure safe living conditions for families
  • Visited rural Himalayan villages to promote health campaigns and surveyed villagers regarding health needs to improve overall health levels
  • Coordinated a mindfulness mental health clinical trial for young adults suffering from inflammatory bowel disease in Australia

Global Health Interest:

  • Migrant/refugee health
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Nutrition habits of poor and underserved populations

Lina Salam

Lina Salam

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a health science specialist researching the facilitators and barriers to the use of pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder among justice-involved veterans
  • Interned at the Legon teaching hospital in Accra, Ghana, conducting maternal and child education, community outreach, and weekly popup clinics providing immunizations and vaccinations for local mothers and their newborns
  • Worked as a coach and mentor for Play and Learn Foundation (PAL) for the underserved community in Accra, Ghana providing practice and mentor sessions to create identity empowerment through the combination of athletics, mentorship, health education, and academics. Served as one of the founding members of PAL’s girl’s team.

Global Health Interest:

  • Health disparities and access in marginalized communities
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health education and promotion

Audrey Smith

Audrey Smith

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Human Biology and Society, UCLA, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Completed international service work in Tanzania, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras
  • Volunteered in pediatric ward of underserved local clinic

Global Health Interest:

  • Child health
  • Maternal health
  • Infectious diseases

Wes Stephens

Wes Stephens

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology; BA, Political Science, Purdue 2013

Global Health Experience:

  • Trained allied nation soldiers on military medicine
  • Worked in a surgical clinic in Ecuador
  • Assisted a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) research project

Global Health Interest:

  • Health care policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Disaster relief

Ilia Vasilopoulos

Ilia Vasilopoulos

Country of Origin: Greece

BS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, Minor in Global Health, UCLA, 2020

Global Health Experience:

  • Interned at Doctors of the World - Greece and worked with undocumented people to provide access to short-term and long-term healthcare
  • Interned at Together Educating and Advocating for Community Health (TEACH at UCLA) and presented on several accessible public health topics, such as healthy eating and the importance of exercise, to elementary school students from the Venice Community Housing Project
  • Performed research at Salford Royal Hospital in Manchester, United Kingdom, investigating the correlation between age and length of hospital stay for patients that had pituitary adenoma surgery, aimed to decrease discrimination of care for patients over 65 years old

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology of communicable diseases
  • Refugee health/aid

Paola Vera

Paola Vera

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Sociology, SJSU, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with members in a rural town near San Cristobal, Dominican Republic to build a community center, latrines, and concrete floors for family homes and worked with children to improve their understanding of hygiene, nutrition, water storage, and parasitical infections through the Health Education and Language Program (HELP)
  • Conducted workshops for a rural community near Oaxaca, Mexico around the topics of drugs, bullying, promoting healthy habits, and self-care

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving the quality of health care of women and children
  • Improving the Latino community’s understanding of and access to mental health support
  • Improving malnutrition among the most disadvantaged children

Cairn Wu

Cairn Wu

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Economics, UCLA, 2003

Global Health Experience:

  • Produced a manuscript publication of A Prospective Pilot Clinical Trial of a Whole Systems Ayurvedic Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivorship, accessing feasibility and acceptability, with quantitative analysis on quality of life and cancer related symptom measures
  • Conducted a randomized control study involving multimodality interventions for Integrative Approaches to Cancer Survivorship at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Coordinated, trained, and organized medical triage groups of healthcare providers and volunteers, working one-on-one, charting, providing resources and treatment for homeless/rehab/underserved community at City Team in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Global Health Interest:

  • Preventative and Integrative Medicine
  • Expanding research on health equity and primary care access for marginalized communities
  • Research and implementation of nutritional medicine for the underserved