Student Profiles

Mohamed Bailor Barrie

Mohamed Bailor BarrieMohamed Bailor Barrie, MD, MSc, is a Sierra Leonean physician and co-founder of the medical humanitarian organization Wellbody Alliance. Bailor earned his medical degree in 2004 from the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences at the University of Sierra Leone in Freetown. He was awarded a Fulbright grant in 2013 to pursue a Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery degree at Harvard Medical School, but a few months into his studies, the West African Ebola epidemic began. Upon realizing its severity in his native country, he chose to return home to serve those in most need. In September 2014, Wellbody Alliance collaborated with Partners In Health (PIH) to launch a response to the Ebola epidemic as the disease spread across Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Bailor later returned to Harvard to complete his master’s degree in 2016. His research on HIV and Ebola in Sierra Leone investigates the treatment of infectious disease, models of care delivery, and implications for health policy. He is currently the PIH policy adviser to the national HIV and TB programs in Sierra Leone. His research interest is using rigorous ethnographic and epidemiological data to evaluate and strengthen health systems in low-resource settings.

Emily Behar

Emily Behar, MS, works as a Research Study Coordinator in the Substance Use Research Unit at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she coordinates behavioral, pharmacologic, and programmatic interventions. Emily's research focuses on improving health outcomes for injection drug users, including reducing HIV/Hepatitis C transmission and increasing access to naloxone and overdose prevention services. Emily moved to San Francisco from New York and quickly became a convert to the California lifestyle. Back east, Emily coordinated a syringe exchange program and worked for the Open Society Foundations to increase global access to essential opioids, focusing on Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Art degrees in Medical Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily is interested in creating policies to improve global access to harm reduction and overdose prevention services.

Naomi Beyeler

Naomi BeyelerNaomi Beyeler, MPH, MCP, began working in global health after receiving dual master’s degrees in public health and city planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied the social determinants of health and community-based participatory research. Previously, she had conducted analysis of the health impacts of social policy in the US, including criminal justice, immigration, land use and transportation policies. Her subsequent experiences working on maternal and child health projects in Nigeria lead to her interest in global health policy. Naomi currently co-leads the Evidence to Policy Initiative of the UCSF Global Health Group, where she collaborates with ministries of health and donor agencies to conduct health policy research and supports policy advocacy activities. Her areas of research include health finance, universal health coverage, and innovative models of healthcare delivery in low- and middle-income countries with a particular focus on the informal private sector. She also leads the Global Health Group’s emerging climate change and health work. Her research interest focuses on applying the tools of health systems strengthening and health finance to address the growing impacts of climate change on health and health care delivery in low-resource settings, and on building health sector engagement in action to mitigate climate change.

Emily Hall

Emily Hall, RN, MSN, MPH, began working in global health as a graduate student with a project promoting community building through art in post-genocide Rwanda and with demographic research in rural Malawi. In 2008, Emily joined Partners In Health, returning to Rwanda to focus on training initiatives for Rwandan nursing staff in a rural hospital. Emily then worked in post-earthquake Haiti, providing clinical and nursing staff support at the State University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. She also has practiced as a primary care family nurse practitioner in a community health center in Boston, Massachusetts, applying her knowledge of global health in a diverse immigrant community there. Emily leads a global health fellowship for advance practice nurses at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

Teresa Kortz

Teresa KortzTeresa Kortz, MD, MS, is a pediatrician and assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Critical Care, currently investigating severe pediatric illnesses in resource-challenged settings. She is collaborating on projects investigating causes of non-malarial fever in Malawi, pediatric sepsis in Tanzania, and the cost-effectiveness of bubble CPAP for pediatric pneumonia in Malawi. She completed degrees in neurobiology and Spanish at the University of Washington and graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine. During medical school, residency, and fellowship, she garnered extensive overseas experience in Peru, South Africa, Uganda and Bangladesh, working primarily on child survival. As part of her fellowship, she participated in an intensive course on clinical research. She subsequently completed the master’s program in Global Health Sciences at UCSF in 2015, while simultaneously beginning her faculty career in Pediatric Critical Care. Teresa’s goal is to design and conduct hypothesis-driven pediatric clinical research to create new knowledge and region-specific data that will inform evidence-based guidelines relevant and appropriate to the population and local resource constraints. Specifically, she plans to identify the etiology, explore the pathophysiology, and improve the acute management of pediatric sepsis in limited-resource settings.

Amy Lockwood

Amy Lockwood, Institute for Global Health Sciences PhD candidateAmy Lockwood, MBA, MS, is a management specialist with deep experience in global health implementation and innovation. She leads strategy and operations for the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, the Institute of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy at UCSF, and the office of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Tuberculosis. Previously, Amy was the Deputy Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, the Executive Director of Project Healthy Children (an NGO focused on micronutrient malnutrition), and the Director of the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program and India Deputy Country Director for the Clinton Foundation. Prior to working in global health, she was a strategy consultant with a specialty in branding and communication. In addition to receiving her MBA from Stanford, Amy holds a BS and MS in Communications from Northwestern University.

Maricianah Onono

Maricianah Onono, MS, MBChB, is a research scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). She has over 10 years of experience in clinical practice and public health research in the field of reproductive health, focusing on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and family planning. Throughout her projects, she has used information technology and mobile phone applications as decision support tools, for monitoring and evaluation, and in commodity management. She has won several awards, including the outstanding heart of service (2005), the Family AIDS Care and Education Services meritorious award (2009), and Lenana Silver Merit award from KEMRI (2014). Maricianah received a bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (2005) and a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the University of Liverpool, UK (2012), and completed a fellowship in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco (2013). She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Andrea Pedroza-Tobias

Andrea Pedroza-TobiasAndrea Pedroza-Tobias, MS, is a researcher with Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP) Nutrition and Health Research Center. She has completed internships at UCSF as a collaborator of the Cardiovascular Disease Policy Model. She is a member of the Mexican team collaborating on the Global Burden of Disease project, and part of the analysis team evaluating patterns of metabolic syndrome classification and dietary analysis from the Mexican National Health and Nutrition Survey. She acquired her Master of Sciences, Nutrition at INSP, where she has been working in collaboration with top researchers in nutrition. During her work at INSP, she has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of an innovative Diabetes and Retinopathy Project in Mexico, which is part of the UC Mexico Initiative on Health. Andrea’s research interest focuses on the prevention and treatment of non-communicable chronic diseases in developing countries, particularly by understanding the effectiveness of metformin and lifestyle intervention to prevent diabetes.

Nicholas Rubashkin

Nick Rubashkin, MD, MA, completed his medical training and a master's in cultural anthropology at Stanford University, and then trained in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCSF. During residency he participated in the first Global Health Scholars fellowship and traveled to Mexico to research post-abortion care and safe motherhood. Following residency, he worked for several years at a multi-ethnic community hospital in San Francisco, which trained his interest on human rights in childbirth. Following the first European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) ruling to concern childbirth, Ternovszky vs. Hungary, in 2014 he spent a year in Budapest as a Fulbright Research Scholar at Semmelweis University conducting a survey of women's birth experiences from a human rights perspective. In the PhD program, Nick plans to focus on using participatory methods to develop definitions of disrespect and abuse of birthing women in Central/Eastern Europe and to continue exploring the role of informal cash payments in post-Soviet maternity care.