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.

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.

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.