Sabrina recently completed her PhD as the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Indonesia. Her thesis focused on the implementation and outcome evaluation of mental health care policies in Indonesia, specifically in adapting service delivery models to local contexts. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, working on the implementation of Collective Leadership in the Ireland East Hospital Group.
Sabrina holds a BA in Psychology and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne, and an MSc in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology from King’s College London. Prior to Cambridge, Sabrina worked at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore. She’s a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
My life aim is to improve humanity through scientific endeavour. At the age of 11 I met Dr Takyama an eminent HIV researcher who inspired me to develop my scientific curiosity; years later volunteering at St Vincent de Paul, I observed my small services improve lives. This motivated my desire to use scientific research to magnify my contribution and advance the welfare of humanity. I will achieve this through my two interests, science and policy; utilising medical research and implementation in public policy with industrial collaboration to maximise the benefits globally. I graduated University of Sydney Bachelor Advanced Science Arts, 1st class honours, honours roll Biochemistry, Government & International Relations. I am a finalist at the World, Asia-Pacific, Australasian Women’s and Australian University Debating Championships. Vice-President of the Politics Society and Society for Molecular Biologists.Early in my undergraduate career I began researching inhibitors of breast cancer oncogene LMO4, inhibitors are a method to understand LMO4 mediated tumour progression and possible therapeutic precursors. My PhD will elucidate the molecular mechanisms of inflammatory signal transduction in the innate immune system. This will save lives of those suffering from severe inflammatory diseases including viral haemorrhagic fevers (Ebola and Dengue) and Sepsis by providing the crucial molecular structure from which new therapeutics targeting severe inflammation can be developed.
From a young age, I expressed a keen interest in the issues surrounding infectious diseases and global epidemics. As a Biomedical Engineering student at Arizona State University, my interest in epidemiology and its engineering applications were further developed and contextualized by an additional minor in Global Health and a research internship at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. During the course of my PhD in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge, I aspire to develop novel diagnostics for C. difficile, the deadliest superbug in the United States, and C. perfringens, the second leading cause of food poisoning. With C. difficile, there is a direct correlation between mortality and the timing and choice of initial treatment. With the invention of an immediate diagnostic that detects the level of infection, mortality rates may be reduced across global communities.I seek to be a leader in the worldwide pursuit to alleviate the burden of disease on developing populations by delivering technologies that are simple, inexpensive, and—above all else—feasible in their applicable environments. I am grateful to be joining the Gates Cambridge Community and for the opportunity to network with some of the greatest intellects of our generation with the united goal of improving the human condition.
Brie received her PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in 2016. Prior to her PhD, she studied Psychology and Neural and Behavioral Science at Bryn Mawr College and was a visiting scholar in Experimental Psychology at St. Anne's College, Oxford. Following her PhD, Brielle completed her postdoctoral work at the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery at the University of South Carolina, predicting aphasia recovery through neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Brielle is currently an Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, where she runs the NEURAL Research lab and teaches courses in cognition and communication in aging, neuroscience of communication and acquired neurogenic communication disorders. She also co-founded FOQUSAphasia (www.foqusaphasia.com), an international consortium of scholars and clinicians interested in improving the evidence base surrounding spoken discourse in aphasia.
She is an avid rower (coxswain). She has been the President / captain of two boat clubs (Bryn Mawr College and Caius College Cambridge), coxed in the Cambridge vs Oxford boat race (women's lightweight crew) and has coxed at prestigious events across several different countries. She is currently a USRowing certified coach and Assistant Referee.