Fogarty Global Health Fellowship


The VECD (Vanderbilt, Emory, Cornell, Duke) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship program is a mentored research training program for pre- and post- doctoral students sponsored by several collaborating institutes, including the Fogarty International Center and the National Institutes of Health. Fellows participate in an 11 month clinical research program at an affiliated site, including sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. There are also over 100 faculty members who serve as mentors to the Fellows and are experts in a variety of topics, including infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer, nutrition, diabetes/metabolic diseases, cardiology, mental health, women and MCH, pediatrics, substance abuse, ophthalmology, dental/oral health, surgery, trauma, burn, anesthesiology, health systems/implementation science, behavioral/social sciences, nursing, neurology/stroke, lung diseases, and genetics.

Fellows 2020-2021

  • Limlim Demisse

  • Vinita Subramanaya

Fellows 2019-2020

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Fekadu Bulti

Fellowship Site: Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Fellowship Project: Improving self-care behaviors and outcomes in Type 2 diabetes patients with and without comorbid heart failure

Dr. Bulti defended his PhD in nursing in 2019 from the collaborative program between Addis Ababa University and Emory University. His long-term research interest is the development of novel self-management intervention to improve health outcomes and delay or pre-vent complications for persons with diabetes mellitus and comorbid conditions in Ethiopia.

Dr. Bulti has been working as a nurse in Ethiopia in different settings and capacities for over two decades. His positions have ranged from a staff nurse in the operating room, medical and surgical units to various teaching and leadership positions at Addis Ababa University School of Nursing and Midwifery. He has also participated in various national task forces in Ethiopia.

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Prashant Jarhyan

Fellowship Site: CCDC, Delhi, India

Fellowship Project: Piloting of a community health worker-led chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) management and control program in rural India

Dr. Jarhyan has worked as a primary care physician, public health practitioner, and research-er in India. He has been working with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) in India for the last 6 years. He has managed and assisted many non-communicable diseases research projects in PHFI/CCDC. His career goal is to grow as an independent investigator in the field of chronic respiratory disease prevention and management research in low-resource settings.

Dr. Jarhyan was awarded the prestigious American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Trainee Scholarship award in 2018 for his PhD work on utilizing community health workers to detect COPD in rural India.

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Rosemary Kinuthia

Fellowship Site: Emory Kenya Health Workforce Project, CDC, Kenya

Fellowship Project: Impact of the human resources for health on HIV outcomes in Kenya

Dr. Kinuthia is a PhD Student at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She received a BS degree in Nursing from Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, an MPH from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, and MSN and DNP degrees from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. She has over a decade of professional experience in nursing and public health. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Ms. Kinuthia was involved in various local, national, and global health research projects in HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, influenza, and tuberculosis.

Dr. Kinuthia's research interests center around issues related to human resources for health development and understanding health workforce needs in developing countries. Other interests include reducing disparities and health inequities, increasing access to care, promoting population health, and improving health outcomes among people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Joseph Licht

Fellowship Site: Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Fellowship Project: Explore the uninvestigated sequelae of trachoma--a blinding eye condition--in Ethiopia, a nation where this disease burden still remains high

Dr. Licht is an ophthalmologist with an early and ongoing interest in global health. His aspirations began at the University of Florida, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa while earning a BA in linguistics, and then an MS in environmental engineering sciences. After a brief period teaching high school mathematics, he decided on a path in medicine. He matriculated at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, earned his DO, and subsequently completed his ophthalmology training at Larkin Community Hospital and the Bay Pines Veterans Administration. Captivated by lengthy academic and medical trips to Nigeria and Nicaragua, respectively, his exposure to the extremes of poverty and untreated disease only affirmed his conviction to make lasting contributions in communities of great need.

A Florida native, he ultimately plans to divide his time between treating patients in his local community and engaging in academic, innovative, and clinical global health endeavors abroad.

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Argita Salindri

Fellowship Site: Himalayan Cataract Project/Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Fellowship Project: An evaluation of hyperglycemia and stress hyperglycemia among patients with TB in Tbilisis, Georgia and its impact on sputum culture conversion

Ms. Salindri is a doctoral student at Georgia State University School of Public Health (GSU SPH). She has a B. S. in Public Health from Universities Airlangga, Indonesia, and she was a Fulbright Fellow in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at GSU SPH where she earned her MPH in 2015.

Ms. Salindri was inspired to pursue her research and career in global tuberculosis (TB) epidemiology after conducting short voluntary work at a multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) clinic in Surabaya, Indonesia. Her primary research interests focus on the intersection of tuberculosis and chronic non-communicable diseases. As part of her training, Ms. Salindri has participated in several tuberculosis research projects including in Indonesia, Taiwan, and the state of Georgia.

Fellows 2018-2019

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Keri Allen

Fellowship Site: Himalayan Cataract Project/Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Fellowship Project: Safety and efficacy of cataract surgery in urban and rural Ethiopia

Dr. Allen is a recent graduate of Palmetto Health University of South Carolina Ophthalmology residency program. She received her BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY prior to matriculating to Mass Eye and Ear for a research fellowship in glaucoma genetics.

Dr. Allen's career goals include practicing ophthalmology as a clinician scientist and working on research efforts geared towards blindness prevention.

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Priti Gupta

Fellowship Site: Centre for chronic disease control

Fellowship Project: Characterize the prevalence, correlates, and mental and physical impacts of multimorbidity in villages in Northern India

Dr. Priti received her MD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, and did most of her research work at Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), New Delhi as a post-doctoral fellow and Senior Research Associate. She ultimately hope to participate in global efforts at improving chronic disease by collaborating with colleagues across the world to develop, test, and disseminate novel ideas about chronic disease care delivery and its implementation.

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Alysse Kowalski

Fellowship Site: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Fellowship Project: Pubertal development trajectories, adolescent risk behaviors, and young adult schooling and employment: Findings from the Birth to Twenty Cohort in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa

Ms. Kowalski is a 4th year PhD student in the Nutrition and Health Sciences program at Emory University where her dissertation work is focused on the long-term consequences of pubertal timing and tempo in urban South Africa. Prior to starting her PhD, she earned her MPH in global health from Emory University and worked with the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center.

Following her PhD, Ms. Kowalski hopes to postdoc at an academic or governmental institution and continue investigating sensitive windows across the life course in which nutrition influences long-term health and wellbeing in the changing contexts of low- and middle-income countries.

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Elizabeth Rhodes

Fellowship Site: CCDC, New Delhi, India

Fellowship Project: Appropriateness, feasibility, and sustainability of a worksite-based lifestyle intervention to address diabetes in India

Dr. Rhodes is interested in reducing health disparities by developing, testing, implementing and scaling up nutrition interventions and bridging the gap between research and practice. Previously, Ms. Rhodes was an ORISE Fellow in CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity where she managed a national initiative to support early care and education providers in adopting evidence-based practices to prevent early childhood obesity.

Dr. Rhodes also has experience conducting research, writing knowledge summaries, and developing case studies to facilitate the translation of knowledge into global policy and practice through her work as a consultant for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health at WHO and the UN World Food Programme. She has an AB in Sociology from Brown University and a SM in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Fellows 2017-2018

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Krishna Kiran Kota

Fellowship Site: Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Fellowship Project: Measuring the prevalence of substance abuse, mental health problems, various forms of violence, and sexual risk behaviors among the MSM population in Bijapur, India

Mr. Kota is pursuing his PhD in Public Health, at Georgia State University. Mr. Kota received his Master's degree in Biotechnology from Georgetown University. He joined Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center as a research assistant studying the role of telomere length variation as a potential bio-marker for cancer risk assessment. Attending Dr. Anthony Fauci's talk on HIV prevention and working on a case-control study in Egypt has influenced his research towards public health. Mr. Kota was a recipient of a Tobacco Centers for Regulatory Science Fellowship, 2014-15, and a Secondary Century Initiative Fellowship, 2015-17.

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Maria Fernanda Kroker Lobos

Fellowship Site: Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)

Fellowship Project: The role of food environment and dietary determinants on childhood obesity in rural communities in Guatemala

Dr. Kroker Lobos completed her training in Population Nutrition at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. During this time she had the unique opportunity of working and interacting with senior researchers from both institutions (Aryeh Stein, Reynaldo Martorell, Juan Rivera Dommarco and Teresita González de Cosío) who mentored her doctoral dissertation. During her doctoral training she was accepted into Emory and INSP’s Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy for NCD´s program (PH-LEADER), where she strengthened leadership, mentoring, networking, and implementation research skills.

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Jessica Presslar

Fellowship Site: CDC Sierra Leone

Fellowship Project: Underfive mortality with the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network

Ms. Preslar is a fourth year MD/PhD student at Emory University. She is interested in maternal and child health, particularly social factors that influence them. Her dissertation research will focus on the incorporation of social determinants into maternal and child mortality surveillance systems. She hopes to have a career combining clinical practice and public health research in the future.

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Suhas Shewale

Fellowship Site: National AIDS Research Institute

Fellowship Project: Focuses on understanding the use of reproductive and sexual health services among female sex workers in rural India

Ms. Shewale received her MPH from the University of Pune. Her dissertation focused on establishing a community-based network to develop an early detection and response system for disease outbreaks in urban India. Since completing her MPH, she has worked in remote rural areas of India where lack of access to healthcare is prominent. Ms. Shewale is currently pursuing her PhD at the National AIDS Research Institute. Her research interests lie in understanding the determinants of access to health care services in rural India and other resource-limited settings.

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Fran Wu

Fellowship Site: Addis Ababa University

Fellowship Project: Helping to formulate a national plan and referral network for screening and treatment of retinoblastoma

Dr. Wu completed her undergraduate degree in engineering at Duke University, received her MD and MPH from the University of Minnesota, and recently finished her ophthalmology residency at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. She is now completing a global ophthalmology fellowship through Emory University. She hopes to continue clinical work and public health research in global ophthalmology.

Fellows 2016-2017

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Nurilign Ahmed

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: Malawi, Zambia

Fellowship Project: HIV Self-Test Optimal Interventions by Incorporating User Preferences, the use of Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Ms. Ahmed is a doctoral student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focusing on Health Economics and Infectious Diseases. Her interests include working in health care systems in developing countries to advance economic strategies. Ms. Ahmed has worked on research at the University of Wisconsin, Emory University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has extensive experience working with the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group, where she worked with local health offices to promote HIV testing, applied m-health technology, and developed a national strategy and guidelines for Couple HIV Counseling and Testing in partnership with the CDC and Botswana Ministry of Health.

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Sara Hanson

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Fellowship Project: The role of maternal obesity, HIV and gestational diabetes on infant health, body composition and abdominal fat distribution in urban South Africa

Ms. Hanson has completed a B.S. in Human Nutrition from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, and is a current PhD student in Nutrition and Health Sciences at Emory. Ms. Hanson has previously completed research at the University of the Witwatersrand Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit. While there, she worked on longitudinal birth and pregnancy cohort studies. She also has extensive data management experience and has worked at the World Health Organization.

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Leslie Johnson

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

Fellowship Project: Evaluating the Impacts of Integrated Depression and Diabetes Treatment in India: A Process Evaluation of the INDEPENDENT Study

Ms. Johnson is a doctoral student in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department at Emory University. She has a B.A. in Anthropology/Religion from Emory, a Master’s in Theology from the University of St. Andrews, and an M.P.H. from Emory. She is interesting in examining the interactions between mental health and chronic health conditions. Ms. Johnson has research experience on a variety of qualitative and quantitative studies at Emory University, Indiana University, Dharamsala, India, and Nairobi, Kenya.

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Megan Quinn

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: Hyderabad

Fellowship Project: Pediatric Injury

Ms. Quinn focused her research on Pediatric Injury.

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Elizabeth Rhodes

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: Public Health Foundation of India

Fellowship Project: An evaluation of social network-related intervention effects of a lifestyle intervention in India

Ms. Rhodes is a PhD student in the Nutrition and Health Sciences Program at Emory University. She is interested in reducing health disparities by developing, testing, and implementing and scaling up nutrition interventions and bridging the gap between research and practice. Through her dissertation and as a member of the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, she is involved in implementation/translation research. Ms. Rhodes also has experience conducting research, writing knowledge summaries, and developing case studies to facilitate the translation of knowledge into global policy and practice through her work as a consultant for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health at WHO and the UN World Food Programme. Ms. Rhodes has an A.B. in Sociology from Brown University and a S.M. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Smitha Sarma

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: Kerala, India

Fellowship Project: Improving tobacco cessation rates among heart attack survivors in India

Ms. Sarma is a third year medical student and received a Fogarty Fellowship to study tobacco cessation among heart attack survivors in India. Her research project examined the current approach to tobacco cessation counseling, evaluate the accessibility and affordability of medications used for tobacco cessation, and identify the steps necessary for establishing a state-level tobacco quit line. Ms. Sarma became interested in tobacco cessation as a first year medical student after participating in the Hult Prize, a social entrepreneurship competition challenging students to address the burden of chronic disease. After the competition, she continued working with Dr. Huffman to refine her ideas and create a targeted proposal to tackle smoking cessation in India.

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Nida Shaikh

Fellow 2016-2017

Fellowship Site: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India

Fellowship Project: Long-term effects of an individualized coordinated care intervention on dietary patterns and cardiovascular risk factors in individuals with co-morbid diabetes and depression: the INDEPENDENT study

Ms. Shaikh is a graduated doctoral student from the Nutrition and Health Sciences program at Emory University. She is a Registered Dietitian having graduated with an MS in Health Science (Nutrition) from Georgia State University, an MSc in Dietetics from University of Pune, India and a BSc in Foods and Nutrition from S.N.D.T. Womens’ University, Mumbai, India. Her research has focused on child malnutrition, non-communicable diseases and dietary assessment methodologies both in the United States and in India. Nida spent a year on the VECD NIH/Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program where she developed and evaluated a novel nutrition transition assessment instrument for older children in India. On this project, Nida recruited, trained and led a thirteen member field research team to validate the instrument. Against the backdrop of globalization and emerging nutrition transition in low- and middle- income countries, her dissertation is focused on understanding food consumption patterns, food behaviors, and body weight status among children in India. Her professional goal is to establish a career in child nutrition research, specifically in targeting and improving global childhood malnutrition.

Fellows 2015-2016

Beteal Ashinne

Beteal Ashinne

Fellow 2015-2016

Home Institution: Emory University and Duke University
Fellowship Site: Madras Diabetes Center, India
Research Topic: Diabetes

Ms. Ashinne spent her fellowship year at Madras Diabetes Center in Chennai under the mentorship of Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA and V. Mohan, MD, PhD, MBBS, DSc. Her research focused on assessing effects of vitamin D deficiency in patients with diabetic retinopathy in Chennai, India.

Ms. Ashinne is a third year MD/MPH candidate at Duke University School of Medicine and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. As a native of Ethiopia, she became engaged in global health work to address the growing chronic disease burden and health disparities within low- and middle-income countries. Following her work experience at the Kaiser Family Foundation, she has been passionate about contributing to health system strengthening efforts and furthering medical research. Her clinical research interest focuses on non-communicable diseases and eye disorders, such as diabetic retinopathy. Ms. Ashinne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and is a former scholar of the Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program and the Emory Global Health Institute Multidisciplinary Team Field program.

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Samrawit Yisahak

Fellow 2015-2016

Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Research Topic: Nutrition

Ms. Yisahak spent her fellowship year at Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa under the mentorship of Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA and Ahmed Reja, MD. Her research focused on the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among type 2 diabetes patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ms. Yisahak is a PhD candidate in Nutrition and Health Sciences at Emory University. She received her bachelor of science in Nutritional Sciences and Global Health from Cornell University. Her research interest is in investigating the burden, risk factors and pathophysiological variations of diabetes and related metabolic diseases in understudied regions of the world. As a native of Ethiopia, she is primarily interested in African populations

Fellows 2014-2015

Debby Basu

Debby Basu, PhD

Fellow 2014-2015

Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Emory University
Fellowship Site: Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group, Zambia
Fellowship Project: Impact of Couples’ Voluntary Counseling and Testing and Antiretroviral Treatment on HIV-1 Transmission within Cohabiting Heterosexual Serodiscordant Couples in Zambia

Dr. Basu was born in Indiana, though she spent most winters with her extended family in India. Her interest in global health came at an early age with both her exposure to global health issues in developing countries and a special interest in the unfurling AIDS pandemic. This interest was solidified through her undergraduate training at Indiana University (B.S. in Biology) and Masters degree at Purdue University (M.S. in Biology), and was the driving force that led her to pursue her doctoral work at Emory University (Ph.D. in Immunology & Molecular Pathogenesis), where she focused on characterizing potential correlates of protection from HIV-1 superinfection in heterosexual African couples. Dr. Basu hopes to apply her training in molecular virology and immunology to the development of field-based diagnostic and point-of-care tools for use in low-resource countries and settings where poor access to care and patient retention exist.

Jorge Salinas

Jorge Salinas, MD

Fellow 2014-2015

Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Emory University
Fellowship Site: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fellowship Project: Biomarkers of Plasmodium vivax Malaria Severity in the Brazilian Amazon

Dr. Salinas is an Infectious Diseases fellow working with the Malaria Host Pathogen Interaction Center (MaHPIC), led by his primary mentor Dr. Mary Galinski, a research coalition involving Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. He investigates the pathogenesis of malaria using systems biology approaches and is interested in how Plasmodium vivax leads to severe disease in some individuals while not in others in endemic areas. He also plans to study the clinical and biologic differences between American travelers, recent immigrants and long term immigrants to the US presenting with imported malaria.

Fernando Val

Fernando Val, PhD student

Fellow 2014-2015

Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fellowship Project: Biomarkers of Plasmodium vivax Malaria Severity in the Brazilian Amazon

Fernando Val is natural from Manaus, capital city of Amazonas state, has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy granted by the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP, 2010). Has spent a year with clinical practice and doing research in cardiovascular rehabilitation at the Exercise Physiology Laboratory (Cardiology Department) and the Clinics Hospital in Ribeirão Preto-SP (HCFMRP-USP, 2011 – 12). Has worked for two years (2012 – 14) with infectious diseases in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Fundação de Medicina Tropical Doutor Heitor Vieira Dourado (FMT-HVD) in Manaus, Brazil. Is currently a graduate student (PhD level) at the University of Amazonas State (UEA-AM), interested in host-pathogen interaction in malaria. Is also member of the International Center on Malaria Clinical Research (CIPCliM), coordinating clinical trials in antimalarials and collaborating in malaria and HIV research with the local group and abroad.

Fellows 2013-2014

Mary Foote

Mary Foote, MD, MPH

Fellow 2013-2014

Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Emory University

Fellowship Site: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation

Research Interests: Exploring the diabetes and tuberculosis connection through bidirectional screening in India

Dr. Foote will spend her fellowship year at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) in Mysore and Chennai, under the mentorship of K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA. Her research will focus on investigating the epidemiological links between diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis infection.

Dr. Foote grew up in Tucson, Arizona and was greatly influenced by her experiences growing up in a multicultural border region. She earned her MD/MPH from the University of Arizona before going on to a residency in social internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. She is currently a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at Emory University with research interests in TB/HIV and their relations to social determinants of health and chronic diseases. Dr. Foote has been a traveler from an early age and believes that a career in global health is the perfect combination of her interests.

Martha Ryan

Martha Ryan, MDc

Fellow 2013-2014

Medical Student, Emory School of Medicine

Fellowship Site: PHFI/ Madras Diabetes Foundation

Research Interests: Diabetic retinopathy in Chennai, India

Ms. Ryan will spend her fellowship year at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation in Chennai, under the mentorship of Andrew Hendrick, MD. Her research will focus on a comparison of non-mydriatic and mydriatic screening methods for diabetic eye disease in the Indian population, as well as an examination of the prevalence of macular edema and retinopathy in prediabetic patients.

After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Ryan attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in chemical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering. After graduation, she applied to medical school while working at a community health center in Oakland, CA through the AmeriCorps program. The following year, she began her studies at Emory University School of Medicine, and after graduation, she plans to pursue a residency in ophthalmology.

Fellows 2012-2013

Ameeta Kalokhe

Ameeta Kalokhe, MD, MSc

Fellow 2012-2013

Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology T32 Fellow, Emory University

Fellowship Site: National AIDS Research Institute, India

Research Interests: Development of a culturally-tailored scale to better measure, characterize, and subsequently screen for domestic violence (DV) among women in India, including heightened susceptibility of DV survivors to infectious (i.e. HIV/STIs) and non-communicable (i.e. chronic pain, miscarriages, irritable bowel syndrome).

Dr. Kalohke has just finished a T32 fellowship at Emory University, where she worked extensively on projects related to intimate partner violence, HIV-AIDS health behavior, as well as laboratory-based and basic science research on HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis

Timothy Love

Timothy Love, MD, MPH candidate

Fellow 2012-2013

General Surgery Resident and Research Fellow, Emory University

Fellowship Site: Addis Ababa University, Myunsung Christian Medical Center, Soddo Christian Hospital, Ethiopia

Research Interests: Reducing non-communicable disease mortality through a multi-level intervention: focus on breast cancer

Dr. Timothy Love is a general surgery resident on a two year research hiatus. He spent the first year pursuing a MPH in global health at the Rollins School of Public Health and will conduct his Fogarty fellowship his second year. Dr. Love seeks to enhance his clinical research expertise by targeting non-communicable diseases that represent rising mortality in low-middle income countries and incorporating surgery into the global health agenda. The research during his fellowship would focus on non-communicable diseases optimally addressed by surgical treatment, specifically breast cancer. This feasibility project will design and implement a multi-level intervention to promote early detection through training health workers in clinical breast exams; evaluate post-surgical outcomes in the centers where he will be working; investigate the application of screening/diagnostic ultrasound in individuals with suspicious findings from the clinical exam; and measure specified endpoints. The fellowship will also support exploration of the interventions’ sustainability through clinical education and health system development.

Nida Shaikh

Nida Shaikh, MS, RD

Fellow 2012-2013

PhD Student, Emory University

Fellowship Site: B.L.D.E University, Bijapur, India

Research Interests: Child health and malnutrition, cardio-metabolic diseases.

Nida Shaikh is a Registered Dietitian and doctoral student in the Nutrition and Health Sciences program at Emory University. The research during her fellowship would focus on the role of gender differences and home environment in explaining unhealthy weight in adolescents. She is a graduate of Georgia State University, University of Pune, and S.N.D.T. Womens’ University, Mumbai where she completed her Masters’ degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics and undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition. Her overall professional goal is dedicated towards establishing a career in child health and nutrition research, specifically in targeting and improving childhood malnutrition.