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Class of 2016

Yaa Abu

Abu, Yaa

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Wellington, FL

Modupe Adetunji

Adetunji, Modupe

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Neuroscience
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Research interest: My health policy interests include management of water and sanitation, drug policy, and vaccination. I am interested in understanding patterns and variations in infectious diseases in the developing world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. I would like to study the molecular biology of infectious disease pathogenesis, particularly malaria, viruses and parasitic diseases. I am also interested in how genetic differences affect disease pathogenesis.

Ryan Azarrafiy

Azarrafiy, Ryan

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Research interest: After having worked at the CARE Rural Health Mission in Hyderabad, India, I'm very much interested in exploring what efforts can be made from a policy perspective to improve access to healthcare in rural areas in both the United States and abroad. Also, I hope to explore the differences between health policy in the US and Europe.

Wardah Bari

Bari, Wardah

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Apple Valley, CA

Rachel Bergman

Bergman, Rachel

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Kendall Park, NJ

Isabelle Byers

Byers, Isabelle

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: The Plains, VA
Research Interest: Over the past two summers, I have gained health-related experiences in both a large, pediatric hospital and private, orthopedic practice. Such different environments have sparked my interest in studying emerging healthcare models and integrated delivery systems. In the broadest sense, I hope to focus on how economics drives health policy, and specifically, how costs (whether research, technology, or insurance-related) drive healthcare delivery both in the United States and developing countries. 

Michael Chang

Chang, Michael

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Maha Chaudhry

Chaudhry, Maha

Department: History
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY

Saisai Chen

Chen, Saisai

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Devon, PA
Research interest: I'm interested in an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. I want to learn more about not just the biology behind the disease but also the social, psychological, economic, and political influences on health and illness. I wish to get a better understanding of medicine as a whole, from the lab to the bedside to the global community.

Abrar Choudhury

Choudhury, Abrar

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Allanna Daniels

Daniels, Allanna

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Neuroscience
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

Lillian Dattilo

Dattilo, Lillian

Department: Chemistry
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Research interest: I am interested in studying the origin, spread, and treatment of infectious diseases.  I would like to examine not only the biochemistry involved but also the social and economic factors that determine how outbreaks can be contained.

Dina Debenedetti

Debenedetti, Dina

Department: Psychology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Neuroscience
Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Zenaida Enchill

Enchill, Zenaida

Department: Comparative Literature
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Bowie, MD

Elshaddai Ephrem

Ephram, Elshaddai

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Salisbury, MD

Isabella Fernandez

Fernandez, Isabella

Department: Politics
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: New York, NY

Avery Forrow

Forrow_Avery

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Newton, MA
Research interest: I'm interested in tropical diseases especially malaria and tuberculosis in Africa. I am particularly interested in how cultural differences affect health outcomes.

Dinara Gabdrakhmanova

Gabdrajhmanova-Dinara

Department: Spanish
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Irvine, CA

Isabella Gomes

Gomes, Isabella

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Parlin, NJ
Research interest: I hope to continue studying the temporal variations in global antibiotic resistance and the transmission of respiratory tuberculosis in South Africa, as well as learn more about  the progress in healthcare policy in developing countries and in mental health awareness. 

Yende Grell

Grell, Yende

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Helena Hengelbrok

Hengelbrok, Helena

Department: Anthropology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Latin American Studies
Hometown: Panama City, PA
Research interest: My interests are primarily focused on matters of children's health in Latin America. As an anthropology major, I am particularly interested in the way culture and other factors affect public health care for children and child health indicators.

Maguire Herriman

Herriman, Maguire

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Westampton, NJ
Research interest: I am interested in the availability of and policies influencing healthcare for the poor both in the US and globally.  On the domestic side, I'm particularly interested in the effectiveness of policies such as SSI in assisting those with specific disabilities and how these funds are used by those who receive them.

Sarah Howells

Howells, Sarah

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Research interest: I am interested in the development and implementation of new medical treatments and technologies to more efficiently care for patients. I am particularly interested in chronic diseases and in cultural factors that affect disease management.

Kenneth Hubbell

Hubbell, Kenneth

Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Anchorage, AK

Alexander Jafari

Jafari, Alexander

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: New York, NY
Research interest: My research interests within the realm of global and public health include the epidemiology of communicable diseases and the confluence of both micro and macro factors in shaping treatment measures for these diseases.

Rohey Jah

Jah, Rohey

Department: Psychology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA

Jabari Johnson

Johnson, Jabari

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Randolph, MA
Research interest:
I am interested healthcare system management and infrastructure in Africa and the West Indies. I would also like to study the impact of foreign aid on health systems in these regions.

Kate Kaneko

Kaneko, Kate

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Somerville, NJ

Clara Kerwin

Kerwin, Clara

Department: Politics
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Ashland, OR
Research interest: I am interested in the unique healthcare programs that exist in foreign countries, which could potentially be used as models for American systems. The regions that interest me most are the Middle East and South America.

Julia Langer

Langer, Julia

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: New York, NY
Research interest: I am primarily interested in the way in which patients and their families receive information about the disease or illness from which they are suffering. I would like to explore the availability of education and explanations for those who are ill in the area of their illness, and see if there is a way to ensure that those who are suffering understand the science behind their problems and what is being done in the research community to help them. 

Gwendolyn Lee

Lee, Gwendolyn

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Li

Li, Amanda

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

Richard Lu

Lu, Richard

Department: Chemistry
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Ballwin, MO
Research interest: I would hope to marry research in the pathophysiology of diseases seen primarily in developing nations with the creation of biomolecules that cheaply and effectively diagnose, monitor, or treat the disease.

Macy Manning

Manning, Macy

Department: Economics
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR

Julia Metzger

Metzger, Julia

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Neuroscience
Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
Research interest: I am interested in neuroscience research, particularly regarding the implications of cerebellar damage in autism, and in ways to better implement the results of scientific research in the developed world on a global scale: breakthroughs in disease diagnosis and treatment become powerful only once efficiently and effectively used to help patients.

Rebecca Neill

Neill, Rebecca

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Mount Holly, NJ

Chiamaka Onwuzulike

Onwuzulike, Chiamaka

Department: Sociology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Brentwood, CA

Anchal Padukone

Padukone, Anchal

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Neuroscience
Hometown: Mumbai
Research interest: As an EEB major with an avid interest in ecology, I am enthusiastic about exploring the interactions between environmental and human health. I am also particularly interested in tropical diseases, public health interventions geared towards treating and stalling the spread of these diseases, and the challenges that affect healthcare delivery in South Asia and East Africa. 

Katherine Perez

Perez, Katherine

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Califon, NJ

Kourtney Pony

Pony, Kourtney

Department: Comparative Literature
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

Melody Qiu

Qiu, Melody

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Richland, WA

Sanjay Rao

Rao, Sanjay

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Cleveland Heights, OH

Deirdre Ricaurte

Ricaurte, Deirdre

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Rachel Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt, Rachel

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Neuroscience
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT

Mulugeta Sarbanes

Sarbanes, Mulugeta

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s):Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Research interest: I am excited to pursue independent research opportunities that explore the relationship between social factors and medical services affecting one of many health challenges in rural Ethiopia. Therefore, an integral part of my independent work will study the health consequences of a particular parasite, vaccination, or waterborne disease.



Jamie Shenk

Shenk, Jamie

Department: History
Certificate(s):Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Sarina Shrier

Shrier, Sarina

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Rochester, NY

Daniel Sikavi

Sikavi, Daniel

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: East Hills, NY
Research interest: I am keenly interested in dynamics of infectious and chronic disease. I hope to study how diseases function in the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, or Brazil.

Bethany Sneathen

Sneathen, Bethany

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Cape May Court House, NJ

Helen Stillwell

Stillwell, Helen

Department: Anthropology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Dedham, MA

Lena Sun

Sun, Lena

Department: Economics
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Research interest:
I'm interested in looking at the cost-effectiveness and quality control measures within health systems, as well as how payment policies affect the incentives and behaviors of physicians and patients. I'm further interested in how social factors like race, socioeconomic status, and sexuality intersect with health outcomes and disparities.

Kristene Tadese

Tadese, Kristene

Department: Religion
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Highland Heights, OH

Rebecca Tang

Tang, Rebecca

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Cranbury, NJ
Research interest: Breast cancer metastasis

Aaryn Toles

Toles, Aaryn

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Garden City, NY
Research interest:
I am interested in how race and health interact in the US, South Africa, and Brasil. 

Erica Tsai

Tsai, Erica

Department: Chemistry
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy, Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Research interest: I'm interested in studying the policy affecting the pharmaceutical industry, especially that involving the commercialization and distribution of drugs. I hope to learn more about how different healthcare systems in governments worldwide affect the pharmaceutical sector and the availability of therapeutics.

Stephanie Tsai

Tsai, Stephanie

Department: Chemistry
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Richmond, TX

Emilee Tu

Tu, Emilee

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Rachel Updike

Updike, Rachel

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Croghan, NY

Ashley Wang

Wang, Ashley

Department: Chemistry
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Newton, MA

Kerith Wang

Wang, Kerith

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Centreville, DE
Research interest: I am interested in studying tropical or rural diseases and containment during an outbreak and perhaps the eventual eradication of these infectious diseases. On the policy side, I have an interest in international health in developing nations and specifically how to foster community growth and sustainably implement a healthcare system. After going to Haiti in the Summer of 2014, I'm also curious about tent cities and to what extent the close contact affects the spread of pre-existing diseases and whether it causes epidemics of new diseases.

Sunyoung Wang

Wang, Sunyoung

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Buford, GA
Research interest: Improvement of water quality and utilization of the environment for efficient water delivery.

Alexandra Wheatley

Wheatley, Alexandra

Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Upper Holland, PA

Wing Fei Wong

Wong, Wing Fei

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Samantha Wu

Wu, Samantha

Department: Chemistry
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Cordelia Xie

Xie, Cordelia

Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: San Diego, CA

Kevin Zhang

Zhang, Kevin

Department: Molecular Biology
Certificate(s): Global Health and Health Policy
Hometown: Ambler, PA
Research interest: I am interested in utilizing computational and chemical tools to solve difficult problems in biology and medicine. I am currently exploring the flux of extracellular protein into intracellular amino acid pools, a process that has significance in pancreatic cancer.