Home Institution: Medical Student, School of Medicine, Cornell University
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Haiti
Fellowship Project: The effect of 4-‐drug TB therapy on the number of viable but nonculturable (VBNC) M. tuberculosis in sputum
Ms. Duncan is a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. After her ﬁrst year of medical school she spent two months in India focusing on implementation of cervical cancer screening programs in rural villages. Her interest in tuberculosis stems from TB patients she saw in India and the realization that TB remains a major preventable killer of young people in resource poor settings. Her interest in research began as an undergraduate working in translational neuroscience and environmental neurotoxicology. She spent significant time working in Israel on an undergraduate scholarship and in South Korea on a Fulbright Grant, which exposed her to different health care systems and the role of culture and resources on health. Her long-term career goal is to combine her interests in research, global health, and human rights as a physician-scientist working in a resource poor setting with a focus on tuberculosis.