As an infectious disease epidemiologist, I conduct research focusing on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. I aim to understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, to assess the impact of vaccines and vaccination programs, and to determine optimal strategies for communicable disease prevention and control. Currently, I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University.
Princeton University A.B. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 2003
I am a medical student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota on a lovely public health academic leave, originally from Phoenix, Arizona. In pursuing a career as a public health physician, I hope to focus on addressing social determinants of health and women’s health issues, whether through work with an NGO or with a government agency. In medical school, I have been privileged to work with clinicians in multiple research projects, including examining post-partum depression outcomes, family planning educational models, medical students’ attitudes in service projects, and a humanities based anatomy project. I was also able to research domestic violence and public health in South Africa for one year as part of an undergraduate study abroad program focused on service learning; I have continued to work with women experiencing domestic violence in the Rochester community and focused a dance education project on domestic violence issues in Arizona.
My first hands-on exposure to international health was as an undergraduate student researching Lassa fever in Sierra Leone. However, it was after working with a non-governmental organization in Colombia that I became fully aware of the increasing burden of cancer in regions also affected by infectious diseases. I am currently a medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and aim to be involved in the development of cancer prevention and treatment infrastructures in low and middle income countries. At Cambridge I will be studying for an MPhil in Oncology.
Tulane University of Louisiana
University of Pennsylvania
For much of my life, my endeavours have been fuelled by a love of learning. Thus, as an undergraduate, I frequently pursued courses and research experiences that went beyond my primary field of Biological Sciences, allowing me to gain knowledge in a diverse range of disciplines. My experiences left me with a deep appreciation of how different disciplines can complement one another in an intricate heterosis of knowledge, and it is my wish that future generations would also be able to experience the same joy in learning that I have known all my life. As such, in my pursuit of a PhD in Psychology, I hope to contribute to intervention techniques to help children for whom learning might not come easily. I believe targeting developmental language disorder and dyslexia would be a wonderful start in encouraging learning, as it is often our ability to comprehend language that allows us to understand new concepts in the first place.
Nanyang Technological University Biological Sciences 2020