2013 - 2014 Fellows

VECD Global Health Fellows

1. Melissa Burroughs Pena, MD 
Home Institution: Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine, Duke University
Fellowship Site: UPCH, Peru
Research Topic: The cardiovascular impact of household air pollution in semi-urban and rural communities in Puno, Peru

2. Zhihui Dou, MD, MS
Home Institution: Biostatistician, Division of Treatment & Care, NCAIDS
Fellowship Site:National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China
Research Topic: Multi-component HIV Intervention Packages for Chinese MSM—Test, Link and Care

3. Kathryn Dupnik, MD 
Home Institution: Fellow, Infectious Diseases, NY Presbyterian Hopsital, Weill Cornell Medical College
Fellowship Site: Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil
Research Topic: Role of FC Receptors in the Reversal Reactions of Leprosy

4. Mary Foote, MD, MPH 
Home Institution: Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Emory University
Fellowship Site: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India
Research Topic: Exploring the Diabetes and Tuberculosis Connection through Bidirectional Screening in India

5. Lauren Franz, MBChB, MPH
Home Institution: Fellow, Child Psychiatry/Global Health, Duke University
Fellowship Site: University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Research Topic: The KwaZulu-Natal Autism Study

6. Nebiat Gebreselassie, PhD
Home Institution: Post-doctoral Fellow, TB/HIV Immunology, Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Fellowship Site: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Research Topic: Immune reconstitution in tuberculosis and HIV disease using antimicrobial treatment with vitamin D and phenylbutyrate

7. Kendra Harris, MDc, PhDc
Home Institution: MD/PhD Student, Microbial Pathogensis, Weill Cornell Medical College Tri Institutional Program/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Haiti
Research Topic: Activity of a novel antimycobacterial against multidrug-resistant and non-replicating clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from Haiti

8. Melissa Hazlitt, MA, MDc
Home Institution: MD Student, School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College
Fellowship Site: NCAIDS, China
Research Topic: Multi-component HIV Intervention Packages for Chinese MSM—Test, Link and Care

9. Leigh Howard, MD 
Home Institution: Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: CIDRZ, Zambia
Research Topic: Norovirus Infection Burden after Rotavirus Vaccine Introduction in Lusaka Province, Zambia

10. Elizabeth Krebs, MD, MSc
Home Institution: Clinical Associate, Fellow, Global Health/Emergency Medicine, Duke University
Fellowship Site: University Teaching Hospital of Kigali, Rwanda
Research Topic: Improving Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Outcomes in Rwanda Through
Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)

11. Michelle Kvalsund, DO, MS
Home Institution: Fellow, Neurology, Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: University of Zambia, Zambia
Research Topic: Evaluation of Distal Symmetric Polyneuropathy (DSPN) in HIV+ Zambians

12. Martha Ryan, MDc
Home Institution: Medical student, Schooll of Medicine, Emory University
Fellowship Site: PHFI/ Madras Diabetes Foundation, India
Research Topic: Diabetic retinopathy in Chennai, India

13. Sapna Shah, MD, MSc
Home Institution: Fellow, MS Student, Endocrinology, Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: PHFI, India
Research Topic: Assessment of β-cell insulin secretion in Asian Indians with pre-diabetes and African Americans with pre-diabetes

14. Kunmi Sobowale, MDc
Home Institution: MD Student, School of Medicine, University of Chicago
Fellowship Site: Danang Psychiatric Hospital, Vietnam
Research Topic: Barriers to Care and their Role on Effectiveness of Task-shifting Mental Health Care in Vietnam

15. John Stanifer, MD, MSc
Home Institution: Senior Resident, MS Student, Internal Medicine/Global Health Pathway, Duke University
Fellowship Site: KCMC, Tanzania
Research Topic: Chronic Kidney Disease Awareness, Screening, and Prevention Among the General Population of the Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

VECD Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows

1. Tecla Mtui-Temu, MD, PhD
Home Institution: Co-Investigator, Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Fellowship Site: Moi University
Research Topic: Determining HIV positive individuals’ knowledge of and attitude towards cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease prevention in Kenya

2. Juliana Odetunde, MS, MDc
Home Institution: Medical Student, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Fellowship Site: Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Brazilian Ministry of Health, Brazil
Research Topic: Leptospire dynamics in rodent and environmental reservoirs, and climatic, structural and social determinants in slums, influence the epidemiology of human disease.

3. Kristopher Schwebler, MDc
Home Institution: Medical Student, Weill Cornell Medical College
Fellowship Site: Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
Research Topic: Innate immune response in cutaneous leishmaniasis

4. Aliza Waxman, MSc
Home Institution: Scientific Program Analyst, National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research
Fellowship Site: Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
Research Topic: Assessing safety and effectiveness of Tenofovir provision through family planning services in South Africa