Student Profiles

Annie Ahn

Annie Ahn

Country of Origin: South Korea

BA, Psychology, Dartmouth College, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Taught preschool at New Hope Foundation, an organization in Beijing, China that cares for orphaned children with congenital disabilities and illness
  • Volunteered for MedArt as a child caregiver at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
  • Conducted a yearlong independent research on the attitudes, experiences, and interest in geriatric medicine among pre-medical students in U.S. and South Korea

Global Health Interest:

  • Understanding congenital diseases and their impacts on child development
  • Using arts activities to improve the qualities of life for various patient populations
  • Raising awareness about health, nutrition, and well-being through community education

Lynhea Anicete

Lynhea Anicete

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biochemistry Cell Biology; BA, Global Health, UC San Diego, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered as a Scrub Technician for Flying Samaritans Ophthalmology providing free ophthalmic surgeries to patients from Tecate, Mexico and various border towns
  • Directed Flying Samaritans at UC San Diego as Co-President to provide monthly primary medical and secondary dental clinics to supplement the health of the community in Ensenada, Mexico
  • Volunteered as a clinical assistant with doctors and allies from Kaiser Family Medicine on their annual trip to Cusco, Peru

Global Health Interest:

  • Understanding and addressing communicable diseases, such as HIV, and the socio-cultural or environmental history that prevents eradication
  • Engaging communities and governments in creating more equitable health systems and ensuring feasible patient access to those systems
  • Understanding and creating a change in policy to provide more services to homeless and under-served communities, to strengthen educational systems, and to enhance mental health knowledge and discussion

Rahma Arafa

Rahma Arafa

Country of Origin: Syria and Palestine

BA, Public Health, UC Berkeley, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted a qualitative analysis of the mental health effects of the Syrian Civil War on displaced Syrians in Jordan
  • Taught a trauma-informed health curriculum promoting self-sufficiency, health promotion, and disease prevention to high schoolers in the Bay Area
  • Engaged with patients and healthcare professionals as an Emergency Room medical scribe

Global Health Interest:

  • Refugee/immigrant health and human rights
  • Reemergence of infectious diseases in areas with war-torn public health infrastructure
  • Prenatal and ESRD care in underserved clinics

Patricia Aubel

Patricia Aubel

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Applied Mathematics - Statistics, San Jose State University, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Researched the relationship between policy and violence prevention at Harvard School of Public Health
  • Explored the association between expressions of cultural markers and legal outcomes for Stanford SPARQ
  • Analyzed statistics for a child trafficking prevention program in Thailand

Global Health Interest:

  • Global gun violence
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods in program evaluation
  • Public health education

Shrishti Bhattarai

Shrishti Bhattarai

Country of Origin: Nepal

BS, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Minor in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology, UC Davis, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered in Honduras and Nicaragua as part of Global Medical Brigades shadowing healthcare professionals and building in-home sanitation stations for families
  • Co-founded Nepali Student Association at UC Davis and organized a fundraiser raising more than $25,000 for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal

Global Health Interest:

  • Mental health in developing countries
  • Women’s reproductive health in underserved areas
  • Effects of social determinants of health in low-income areas

Brianna Bingham

Brianna Bingham

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, Howard University, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a clinical research coordinator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and assessed the diagnostic efficacy of diabetic screening tests in African immigrants and the African diaspora

Global Health Interest:

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Medical practice with a focus on preventive medicine
  • Improving health accessibility for vulnerable populations

Brittney Butler

Brittney Butler

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as an intern with Kaiser Permanente Family Residency Program Director in San Diego to create a project to aid the underserved San Diego community
  • Helped make medical services affordable and accessible to community members as a counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic

Global Health Interest:

  • Noncommunicable diseases, infectious diseases, and neurological diseases/disorders

Madellena Conte

Madellena Conte

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Neuroscience, Dartmouth, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted primary research in Lima, Peru to investigate the availability and willingness of healthcare personnel in the emergency department to report to work during a natural and biological disaster
  • Collaborated in the development of micro-enterprise projects and legal assistance for Maasai widows in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Taught figure skating and organized conversation classes to facilitate inter-cultural exchange at a student-run school in Ladakh, India

Global Health Interest:

  • Long-term effects of aging with HIV
  • Opioid Addiction Treatment
  • Relationship between SES and health

Nardos Darkera

Nardos Darkera

Country of Origin: Ethiopia

BS, Public Health/ Health Services Administration, San Jose State University, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered at hospitals in Ethiopia working as a receptionist and patient navigator
  • Served as a fellow in the United Nations Foundation for Global Health

Global Health Interest:

  • Preventative care and health care access
  • Health policy and advocacy for women’s reproductive rights
  • Empowering women through health education

Christina Garibaldi

Christina Garibaldi

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biochemistry Cell Biology; BA, Global Health, UC San Diego, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered with Health Frontiers in Tijuana
  • Was a co-recipient of the Davis Project for Peace Grant for a program aimed at secured legal rights and gender rectification for transgender women in Tijuana

Global Health Interest:

  • Mental health, women’s health, child and family wellness

Pei Hao

Pei Hao

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biochemistry and English, University of Michigan, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked on protein purification and academic paper revision with researchers in Qingdao, China
  • Served as a Princeton in Asia teaching fellow at Wuhan University of Technology in China

Global Health Interest:

  • Medical practice
  • Mental health and cultural barriers to treatment
  • Health disparities caused by economic factors and resource management

Belén Irarrázaval

Pei Hao

Country of Origin: Chile

MD, Pediatrics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered with América Solidaria and TECHO in Haiti, working in a child malnutrition program and in community health in camps of people displaced by the earthquake
  • Worked in Hospital Sotero del Río in Chile, one of the largest public hospitals, in the pediatric special needs care unit

Global Health Interest:

  • Interventions in child development and health in vulnerable contexts, social and cultural adaptation of programs
  • Malnutrition in low resource settings, nutrition and educational interventions
  • Design, management and evaluation of health programs in vulnerable contexts and intercultural challenges

Alex Isaev

Alex Isaev

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biology, Loyola Marymount University, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered in a teaching clinic in Thailand
  • Volunteered at a hospital in Nepal
  • Attended a conference about the medical system and practices in Australia

Global Health Interest:

  • Distribution of congenital health problems and their risk factors
  • Spread of tropical diseases
  • Inequality of healthcare distribution

Neena Joshi

Neena Joshi

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a medical scribe in an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Chicago

Global Health Interest:

  • Maternal and newborn health in underserved populations
  • Encouraging preventive health education and conversation

Alex Keir

Alex Keir

Country of Origin: Philippines

BS, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, UCLA, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted stem cell gene therapy and bone marrow transplant research in the Kohn Lab, UCLA
  • Assessed Resident CI-CARE (ARC) Medical Program, UCLA Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital
  • Volunteered with Ronald McDonald House with Bruins Fighting Pediatric Cancer, working to provide free housing and resources to children and families staying in Los Angeles hospitals

Global Health Interest:

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Pediatric cancer

Andy Kim

Andy Kim

Country of Origin: South Korea

BS, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Participated in multiple global medical trips to Haiti and Mexico
  • Volunteered at a no-insurance clinic in Baltimore as an Insurance Counselor, and worked to help local low-income patients get insurance
  • Worked at the Center for Social Concern in Baltimore and helped organize community service events in local farms, after-school programs, and other locales

Global Health Interest:

  • Health disparities in the global disabled population
  • Medical practice and providing medical care to children in low-income urban areas both in the US and other countries

Ezra Kinzer

Ezra Kinzer

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biological Sciences, Notre Dame de Namur University, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Completed a fellowship with a hospital in rural Spain

Global Health Interest:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious diseases

Rohan Luhar

Rohan Luhar

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered with Project RISHI to address health care disparities, sanitation issues, inequities in educational attainment, and to promote women’s empowerment in Tamil Nadu, India
  • Worked as a medical scribe at a primary care clinic in San Francisco that predominantly serves patients dealing with homelessness and chronic illnesses, such as HIV
  • Served as a CICARE Intern at Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, CA to collect quantitative and qualitative data for the purpose of standardizing interactions between healthcare providers and patients

Global Health Interest:

  • Increasing healthcare accessibility in rural settings
  • Understanding and addressing the factors and conditions that lead to the development of chronic diseases and infectious agents
  • Pediatric medicine

Tannia MacKethan Rodriguez

Tannia MacKethan Rodriguez

Country of Origin: Chile

BSE, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2017; MSE, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Founded the Wayne State University chapter of Timmy Global Health, which works to tackle today’s pressing global health challenges
  • Led groups of Timmy Global Health members in local health outreach programs and global health equity initiatives, including annual medical brigades to the Dominican Republic to treat 400+ patients and provide health education to underserved communities
  • Promoted ocular health care with educational interventions and provided eye screenings for underserved Hispanic/Latino communities in Southeastern Michigan through ‘Vision Detroit’ grant

Global Health Interest:

  • Incorporating preventive care educational interventions in underserved communities
  • Exploring bio-social determinants of health in various populations
  • Ocular and prenatal care accessibility within minority groups

Rafael Maravilla

Rafael Maravilla

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Sociology, UC Merced, 2014

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted research on the effect of foreclosures on community efficacy, which led to a published peer-reviewed article
  • Research coordinator at Health Equity for All Project in Merced, CA, investigating the effects of structural racism on boys and young men of color in Merced

Global Health Interest:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Emasculation of immigrant men in rural ethnic enclaves who prescribe to "machismo" in their place of origin
  • Causes of domestic violence and abuse in rural ethnic enclaves

Claire McDonell

Claire McDonell

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biological Sciences, UC Davis, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked in Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change
  • Served as a 2016-2017 fellow in the Global Health Corps to work for global health equity
  • Spearheaded the development of a free child behavioral health and family services center within the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, New Jersey

Global Health Interest:

  • Equitable access to mental health care
  • Relationship between trauma and chronic health conditions
  • Health system strengthening

Nikita Mercado

Nikita Mercado

Country of Origin: Philippines

MPP, Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management, 2014

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered in various non-profit organizations in South Korea providing disaster relief operations in developing countries
  • Studied gender and development in South Korea
  • Work as a division analyst for UCSF Center for Reproductive Health

Global Health Interest:

  • Gender and women's mental health in developing countries
  • Changes in global health policymaking, roles of NGOs, IGOs and other non-state organizations
  • Reproductive Health Policy in developing countries

Anna Muller

Anna Muller

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biochemistry, UCLA, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Provided quarterly basic health screenings and English lessons in a small community outside of Tijuana through Fellowship for International Service and Health
  • Led a group of undergraduates to deliver sustainable free medical and dental services and participate in educational and public health projects in the Dominican Republic
  • Analyzed the feedback of the global health clinical selective for medical students as a volunteer for the UCLA Center for World Health

Global Health Interest:

  • Perceived quality of care provided by free mobile clinics
  • Refugee and migrant health
  • Women's health

Homira Omar

Homira Omar

Country of Origin: Afghanistan

BA, Public Health, UC Berkeley, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Fundraising for charities dedicated to cleaner drinking water and decreasing infant hypothermia in Afghanistan
  • English tutor for young students in Kabul

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious diseases, chronic illnesses and environmental diseases

Maria Ortega

Maria Ortega

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

Nathan Quinn

Nathan Quinn

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Liberal Arts & Philosophy, Excelsior College, 2005

Global Health Experience:

  • Paramedic at St. Anthony's
  • Worked in hospitals and field clinics in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake
  • Assisted with a door-to-door vaccination and treatment program in Nicaragua
  • Taught ambulance and clinical staff in Turkana County, Kenya

Global Health Interest:

  • Disaster/emergency response
  • Telemedicine
  • Changing coastlines and the impact on public health

Joel Rojas

Joel Rojas

Country of Origin: Philippines

BA, Public Health, UC Berkeley, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Served as a research fellow at the CDC to assist in a national-level study characterizing community-level HIV prevention activities in state and local health departments of the southern US
  • Volunteered as a refugee caseworker with Alliance Relief Care Center by offering free clinical health services, Internet access, and employment referrals to Syrian refugees in Elliniko, Greece
  • Worked as a research assistant with the Pacific Islander Task Force in conducting a quantitative analysis of maternal and infant health services provided to Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, Alameda, and San Mateo counties

Global Health Interest:

  • Utilizing public health data to highlight differences in health disparities among various racial minority groups
  • Researching HIV/AIDS prevention activities to assist the federal government in improving the design and implementation of HIV prevention programs
  • Serving immigrant populations and refugees by increasing access to health care treatment and services

Omar Sajjad

Omar Sajjad

Country of Origin: USA

BS, General Biology; BA, Global Health, UC San Diego, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted research in Amman, Jordan assessing transgenerational mental health issues among Palestinian refugees
  • Led service trips to provide mentorship and college preparatory support to students with intellectual disabilities in San Diego
  • Worked as a Research Assistant at UC San Diego to study the effects of health education on older adults' cognitive function

Global Health Interest:

  • Infectious disease surveillance and response
  • Diagonal approaches to health system strengthening and health interventions
  • Medical practice

Neha Sardana

Neha Sardana

Country of Origin: India

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Rajasthan Dental College and Hospital, India, 2011; MBA, Hospital Administration, Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, India, 2016

Global Health Experience:

  • Engaged with physicians, paramedical staff and hospital administration to identify gaps in the billing process of the consumables used on patients in ICU's and Wards; implemented Centralized Hospital Information system for consumables issuance, usage and billing in Gujarat, India
  • Worked with a non-profit organization serving low-income communities of Rajasthan, India providing free dental treatments and education on dental hygiene and tobacco chewing
  • Volunteered at Stanford Healthcare as an Assistant Exercise Class Instructor with the Aging Adult Services program to promote healthy aging in people older than 60 years

Global Health Interest:

  • Reducing health disparities and improving health access, especially in developing countries
  • Developing health education programs and interventions to improve women's sexual and reproductive health and health as a whole
  • Tobacco consumption and associated burden of disease globally

Maggie Schultz

Maggie Schultz

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Biomedical Science, University of New Hampshire, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Volunteered with Global Brigades providing direct health care to individuals in local communities, as well as preventative care, including personal health education
  • Collaborated with the Population Connection's Fight For HER campaign, fighting the current Global Gag Rule
  • Led and founded the campus chapter of Girl Up, a group dedicated to fundraising and advocating for women's and refugee's right to education, healthcare, and safety

Global Health Interest:

  • Women's Health, specifically reproductive health and access to healthcare
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medical Practice

Alexis Stanley

Alexis Stanley

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Sociology, University of San Francisco, 2015

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked at Centro de Desarrollo en Energía Solar, an NGO in Cochabamba, Bolivia that promotes and implements solar cookers and alternative cooking solutions to combat respiratory difficulties, cataracts, and malnutrition
  • Researched the ways in which rural indigenous women interpret, engage, and maintain solar cookers and alternative cooking solutions throughout several communities in southern Bolivia.

Global Health Interest:

  • Effects of climate change and non-renewable resource extraction on the health of indigenous communities throughout the Americas
  • Mobile health technologies as tools and platforms for health research and healthcare delivery
  • Reproductive and sexual health education

Shivani Subhedar

Shivani Subhedar

Country of Origin: India

BS, Bioengineering, UCLA, 2018

Global Health Experience:

  • Conducted research on biomechanical factors contributing to the development of fetal cardiac valves in efforts to better understand the incidence of and analyze potential non-invasive interventions for congenital heart defects
  • Volunteered at middle schools that serve mid- to low-income families in West Los Angeles by engaging students in STEM-related activities and fostering interest in pursuing higher education beyond high school

Global Health Interest:

  • Increasing accessibility to quality healthcare services in poorly-resourced communities by revolutionizing healthcare delivery systems and training for medical professionals
  • Bringing awareness to the importance and potential of preventative care through public health education, sustainable food security, and clean water access
  • Integrating technology into medicine to find creative solutions to global healthcare delivery limitations

Olivia Sullivan

Olivia Sullivan

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Behavioral Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked for the JHU Center for Social Concern to provide sustainable and nutritious food to under-served communities in the Baltimore area
  • Volunteered for Dance Marathon to raise money for Miracle Network Children's Hospitals

Global Health Interest:

  • Environmental impacts on global health
  • Child healthcare

Fiona Sylvies

Fiona Sylvies

Country of Origin: USA

BS, Human Biology, University of Southern California, 2005

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked with the Horus research team to study the cardiovascular health of an indigenous Bolivian tribe

Global Health Interest:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Socioeconomic health disparities

Janette Tang

Janette Tang

Country of Origin: USA

BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2017

Global Health Experience:

  • Provided Cantonese interpretation and advocated for Chinese immigrant mothers during childbirth as a Cantonese Labor Coach with Oakland Asian Health Services
  • Raised awareness of common carcinogens found in everyday items through research and writing as a writer on the Science Team of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving health access for disadvantaged populations
  • Medical innovation
  • Medical practice

Mariana Velleca

Mariana Velleca

Country of Origin: Brazil

BS Pharm, Pharmacy, Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz, 2011

Global Health Experience:

  • Worked as a research manager at Pensi Institute (Sao Paulo, Brazil), with a focus on research and education in child health
  • Studied the fundamentals of clinical trials and project management and coordinated several clinical studies to improve prevention, treatment and care for child health
  • Volunteered at Project Open Hand (San Francisco, CA)

Global Health Interest:

  • Improving access to quality health care for vulnerable populations, especially newborns and children
  • Strategies and models of antenatal care to reduce and prevent preterm birth