Home Institution: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: Nigerian Institute for Medical Research
Research Topic: Viral suppression and social support among Nigerian adolescents with HIV
Ms. Ekelem will spend her fellowship year at Nigerian Institute for Medical Research in Lagos under the mentorship of Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH and Oliver Ezechi, MBBS, MPA, MPH, PhD. Her research will focus on the development of a novel mobile health application to improve viral suppression and increase social support among Nigerian adolescents with HIV. Ms. Ekelem graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Global Health & Health Policy. She studied the Igbo language for four years at Harvard and pursued a plethora of global health and international research experiences throughout her academic training. She completed projects in Madagascar, Panama, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, spent a year in Botswana and South Africa learning about HIV management and patient care, served as an American ambassador in Taiwan while studying Mandarin, and taught for a year in Martinique to achieve working proficiency in French prior to starting medical school. Ms. Ekelem is a medical student at Vanderbilt University with special interest in the cross-section of physical health and mental health in marginalized communities.