Student Profiles

Lucia Abascal Miguel

Lucia AbascalLucía Abascal Miguel, MD, MS, completed a global health fellowship with the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) Executive Director’s office and worked as a teaching assistant for the IGHS Master of Science program, from which she graduated in 2018. Previously, Lucía trained as a medical doctor in Mexico City and worked as a physician in a rural town in Mexico. While working there, she realized poverty and inequality affected patients’ access to quality healthcare, which inspired her to pursue a career in global health. Lucía has worked on a variety of global health topics, including literacy and diabetes in Latin America and vaccine cost-effectiveness. Her global health interests in are health systems and policy in Mexico and Central America.

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.

Melissa Carvalho

Melissa CarvalhoMelissa Carvalho, MPH, is a global health researcher from Senegal. In 2016, she received her MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health. For her master’s thesis, Melissa conducted fieldwork in rural Malawi, exploring factors associated with the acceptability and service utilization of cervical cancer screening. After graduate school, she spent five years working as a Global Surgery Program Manager for the UCSF and UCLA Departments of Surgery. In this capacity, she managed a diverse research portfolio of epidemiological and clinical studies, primarily focused on strengthening surgical systems and characterizing the unmet surgical disease burden in Sub-Saharan Africa. Melissa has helped develop hospital-based injury surveillance systems in Cameroon and Uganda and implement NIH-funded projects building capacity for trauma QI and mHealth follow-up after hospital discharge. Her research interests lie in cancer care equity and optimizing global cancer care delivery systems using implementation science methods and approaches.

Canice Christian

Canice AhearnCanice Christian, MSc, received her Master of Science degree in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017. Her master’s thesis included field work in Fortaleza, Brazil and assessed the motor development of children undergoing monitoring for developmental disabilities. Canice received a degree in biochemistry from Bates College and worked for two years in U.S.-based ophthalmic clinical trials. Most recently, she has been working in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF as a Project Manager. In the Division, Canice manages the SEARCH-IPT study, a multi-component implementation science intervention that focuses on increasing isoniazid preventive therapy use among HIV-infected persons in Uganda. Her research interests focus primarily on implementation science and applying pragmatic and rigorous study designs to real-world settings, with a particular focus on HIV treatment and tuberculosis prevention in East Africa.

Sammer Elsayed

Sammer ElsayedSammer Elsayed, MPH, is a global specialist in anticorruption and governance in health with seven years’ experience working with institutions including WHO, UNDP and the Global Fund. Sammer is the co-author of several frameworks including the conceptual corruption risk management at the sectoral level, policy-makers guide for accountability in health and the decision-making model for private sector engagement in healthcare. Since 2014, she has worked with 22 Middle Eastern and African countries to build resilient and accountable healthcare institutions through a participatory approach that involved all health actors. Sammer was also part of the team for Cairo University Hospitals that developed the proposal awarded funding of 120 million USD in an agreement with the Saudi Fund for Development. She is interested in studying the impact of corruption on access to essential medicines, including COVID-19 vaccines. Sammer is pharmacist and holds an MPH from the University of Glasgow.

Jane Fieldhouse

Jane FieldhouseJane Fieldhouse, MSc, is a global health researcher with a background in One Health. Prior to joining IGHS, Jane worked with the Duke University One Health Research Laboratory, coordinating and conducting studies focused primarily on zoonotic pathogens emerging at the human-animal interface. Jane received her Master of Science in Global Health from the Duke Global Health Institute, for which she conducted surveillance for respiratory viruses among patients hospitalized with pneumonia in Sarawak, Malaysia. Prior to her master’s degree, Jane worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh, examining the institutionalization of the One Health Agenda in collaboration with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). While at icddr,b she also worked as a research intern and volunteer teaching assistant at BRAC University’s James P. Grant School of Public Health. Jane first became interested in global health while serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin from 2011-2013.

Sarah Gallalee

Sarah GallaleeSarah Gallalee, MPH, is a public health researcher with a long-standing focus on increasing access to healthcare for underserved populations. Among her research interests are improving disease surveillance systems and using geospatial methods to assess disease burdens and target data-driven interventions. Sarah spent three years working for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) on the malaria analytics and surveillance team. During this time, she was primarily based in Myanmar and supported the efforts of disease control programs in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam towards malaria elimination. Sarah completed her master’s degree at Columbia with a focus on socio-medical sciences and global health. She received her BA in geography at the University of Vermont, where she worked at the Spatial Analysis Laboratory and wrote an honors thesis on access to treatment for prescription opioid addiction.

Johnson John Lyimo

Johnson John LyimoJohnson John Lyimo, MD, MPH, is a Tanzanian public health specialist. He completed his medical training at the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam in 2002, and in 2005 pursued a Master of Public Health at Dartmouth College as a Fogarty International Center fellow. He has over 10 years’ professional experience in the programmatic implementation of tuberculosis (TB) control, including drug-resistant TB control interventions at the national level through his work with the National TB and Leprosy Programme. Johnson’s research interests include drug-resistant TB case detection and linkages to improved treatment regimens in Tanzania, which are aligned to global TB elimination targets for 2030.

Ashley Mitchell

Ashley MitchellAshley Mitchell, MPH (she/her), is a public health educator, practitioner, and researcher who earned a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota (UMN). Her most recent opportunities involved developing and teaching public health courses at UMN as well as collaborating with displaced and migrant communities to reduce health disparities in Minnesota at WellShare International. Grateful for experiences across academic institutions, government agencies, community health centers, and nonprofits in the United States, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia, Ashley plans to remain at the intersections of academia, community partnership, and research. She desires to engage in inquiry and praxis that advances health equity and agency—particularly among people with the capacity for pregnancy. Drawing inspiration from intersectional feminism and decolonization, Ashley’s primary research interests include global reproductive health, wellness, and justice.