2018 - 2019 Fellows

Keri Allen, MD
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: Palmetto Health University of South Carolina
Fellowship Site: Himalayan Cataract Project/Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Research Topic: Safety and efficacy of cataract surgery in urban and rural Ethiopia

Cristina Costales, MD, MPH
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: University of Southern California
Fellowship Site: KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania
Research Topic: Post-mortem studies of invasive fungal infections among inpatients with severe febrile illness in northern Tanzania

Elena Cutting
U.S. Scholar
Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site: KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania
Research Topic: Trends in Typhoid Incidence in Moshi, Tanzania

Gertrude Ecklu-Mensah, PhD
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: University of Ghana
Fellowship Site:  University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana
Research Topic: The longevity of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes and the relevance of gametocytaemia after antimalarial treatment

Briana Furch, MD, MPH
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship Site:  University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
Research Topic: Association between schistosomiasis-induced inflammatory biomarkers and translocation in disease progression in persons living with HIV in Zambia

Priti Gupta, MD, MBBS
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: Centre for Chronic Disease Control
Fellowship Site: Centre for chronic disease control
Research Topic: Multimorbidity in Northern India: Prevalence, Correlates, and Associated Mental and Physical Health Impacts

Julian Hertz, MD
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site:  KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania
Research Topic: Community and physician perceptions of chest pain and prevalence of ischemic ECG feature among emergency department patients in Moshi, Tanzania

Yvetot Joseph, MD
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: GHESKIO, Haiti
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Research Topic: Immune factors associated with recurrent tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients

Alysse Kowalski, MPH
U.S. Scholar
Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: University of the  Witwatersrand, South Africa
Research Topic: Pubertal development trajectories, adolescent risk behaviors, and young adult schooling and employment: Findings from the Birth to Twenty Cohort in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa

Belinda Kweka, MD
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Fellowship Site:  National Institute for Medical Research, Mwanza, Tanzania
Research Topic: Validity of HbA1c assessment in HIV-infected and -uninfected individuals with sickle cell, thalassemia, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in Northwestern Tanzania

Preeti Manavalan, MD
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site:  Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC)
Research Topic: A nurse-delivered intervention to address hypertension among HIV-infected adults in Tanzania

Dorotheah Obiri, MPhil, PhD
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: University of Ghana
Fellowship Site: University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Research Topic: iThe role of epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (Egfl7) in sickle cell disease patients diagnosed with preeclampsia

Elizabeth Rhodes, PhD, SM
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: CCDC, New Delhi, India
Research Topic: Appropriateness, feasibility, and sustainability of a worksite-based lifestyle intervention to address diabetes in India

Umar Sabo, MBBS, MPH, MSc
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria
Fellowship Site: Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria
Research Topic: Childhood status epilepticus in northern Nigeria

Sky Vanderburg, MD, MPH
U.S. Fellow
Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site:  Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka
Research Topic: A tiered algorithm for predicting severity of acute lower respiratory tract infections in Sri Lanka

Aminu Yusuf, MBBS, MSc
LMIC Fellow
Home Institution: Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria
Fellowship Site: Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, Nigeria
Research Topic: Exploring gene expression biomarkers at different stages of kidney disease in HIV-infected Nigerians