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Meet Health Challenge Past Interns: 2012

Priscilla Agyapong, 2015
In South Africa, NGOs like the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation are the primary undertakers of community building efforts, including the fight against HIV. I worked mainly as an educator in the computer lab of the DTHF Youth Centre in Masiphumelele. read more >>

Nisha Bhat, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer I spent two months in Nepal working for the OUCRU based at the Patan Hospital in Kathmandu. I assisted with studies on enteric fever, which is endemic in Nepal. The primary project I worked on sought to determine whether typhoid carrier screening could be accurately conducted by collecting saliva samples, as opposed to the commonly used blood or bile samples. read more >>

Kathleen Brite, 2013
The overall goal of my project with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation was to produce a history of its ground-breaking mobile testing unit, the Tutu Tester. This history was to be published and used in reviving HIV/AIDS awareness and reducing stigma, re-conceptualizing HIV as preventable, manageable, and part of comprehensive wellness. read more >>

Priscella Chan, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer I interned with the Oxford Clinical Research Unit, and worked on mapping the burden of typhoid fever, which is endemic in Southeast Asia. Not only do some patients die from complications of the disease, but since typhoid is treated with antimicrobials, patients must also face the challenges of increased drug resistance. read more >>

Jacqueline Chu, 2015
My internship at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit focused on analyzing and summarizing data gathered on antibiotic use and antibiotic knowledge by aquaculture farmers in Vietnam. The data I analyzed was obtained from a direct survey of farmers in Vietnam and from biological analysis of aquaculture products collected from local Vietnamese markets. read more >>

Laura Cooper, 2015
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Our goal in this project was to foster an open dialogue in Kuria District, Kenya about health issues and to encourage healthy, sustainable practices that would be endorsed by the community. We focused on two important issues in the community: HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, and clean water use. Working in partnership with two magnet theater groups, Mwangaza in Kuria District and REPACTED in Nakuru. read more >>

Stephanie Gati, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
This summer, I joined a research project, Disease Interactions in Malnourished Children (DIMAC), through Princeton's department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mpala Research Center in Laikipia, Kenya. read more >>

Elliot Horlick, 2015
Chemical and Biological Engineering
The overuse of antibiotics has enabled bacteria to grow increasingly resistant to them. The ultimate goal of the research I conducted over the summer in the Brynildsen Laboratory was to make bacteria more susceptible to antibacterial effects. read more >>

Adam Kinalski, 2014
Woodrow Wilson School
Pneumonia is the leading killer of children globally, with 1.4 million children dying of the disease before their fifth birthday in 2010 alone. Whilst vaccines against some pneumonia pathogens are being rolled out, simple, low-cost, and scalable interventions to reduce the burden of pneumonia are elusive. read more >>

Audrey Li, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Working with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy this summer, I sought to identify whether certain behaviors of hospital staff were associated with higher or lower rates of healthcare-associated infection. By searching for state-reported figures for infection on a hospital level, then aggregating that information... read more >>

Deul Lim, 2013
I worked as a summer intern at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, an international organization based in Geneva that finances projects to combat epidemics in more than 150 countries. I arrived at the Global Fund when it was redesigning grant management policies to improve the organization’s efficiency and impact. read more >>

Alankrita Raghavan, 2015
Molecular Biology
This summer, I worked at the Naz Foundation in New Delhi, a public health organization committed to raising awareness about the spread of HIV/AIDS. Initially I compiled information and wrote reports for the various projects in Naz as well as grants for funding the newer projects. read more >>

Kash Rajagopal, 2014
Woodrow Wilson School
This summer I worked with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, which serves as a thinktank and advisory group to the Ministry of Health. Within the organization, I was part of the relatively new Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU), which focuses on vaccine supply chain logistics, and specifically on how technical deficiencies in the cold chain hamper routine immunization. read more >>

John Patrick Renschler, 2013
Woodrow Wilson School
As an intern at the OUCRU in Hanoi,Vietnam, my project was to assess the performance of microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility (MODS) culture as a diagnostic test for pediatric tuberculosis. Pediatric TB is a serious concern within resource-limited areas where the failure to rapidly diagnose and instigate appropriate treatment leads to fatalities and aids the persistence of epidemics. read more >>

Elizabeth Sajewski, 2013
Environmental Engineering
The goal of my internship was to develop a preliminary assessment of the level of environmental degradation of the Bishnumati River, one of the main rivers and surface water sources for Kathmandu, Nepal. I was also interested in gauging the health risks of polluted river water on the local community, the community’s level of education about these risks, and their level of environmental responsibility and stewardship. read more >>

Ryan Shyu, 2013
This summer I interned in New Delhi, India with The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. The overall goal of my work was to do research to help make better anti-malaria public policy in India. My main project consisted of creating a statistical model using sales of antimalarial drugs to help estimate the malaria burden in India. read more >>

Akshata Shirahatti, 2014
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I spent this summer researching pediatric tuberculosis (TB) from a clinical perspective at The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam. I was involved in two major clinical studies, both which had the ultimate goal of assisting TB doctors to provide more effective intervention and treatment to reduce mortality from TB. read more >>

Jocelyn Tang, 2014
Computer Science
During my internship at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre I performed a variety of tasks ranging from updating the website to designing plans for the renovation of the centre. I also helped to develop standard procedures for media documentation, maintain the Facebook and Twitter sites, and create a Wikipedia page. read more >>

Cynthia Wang, 2014
Molecular Biology
My summer project at the OUCRU in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, involved researching the molecular epidemiology of drug resistance mutations in the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Vietnam has one of the highest rates of chronic HBV infection in the world, and the genotype distribution of HBV amongst the Vietnamese people has not yet been well characterized. read more >>