CGPH Fellowships

Congratulations to our 2017 UC Berkeley Global Health Fellows!

Royce Tsukayama

Antimicrobial resistant bacteria in samples of pig waste in Thailand swine operations

Royce Tsukayama is a first-year MPH student in the Infectious Disease and Vaccinology program at UC Berkeley. Although he studied Physiological Sciences as an undergraduate, he developed an interest in the field of public health while studying abroad in Thailand and Cambodia. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, he served at a health clinic at the Thai/Burma border, where he learned the realities of health care provision in a developing region. This experience motivated him to pursue further education and to develop the skill set to reduce public health risks in low-resourced areas. An Oakland native, he now finds himself back to his East Bay roots, and is excited to spend his summer internship with the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

Joanna Vinden

Longitudinal evaluation of Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance-mediating genetic polymorphisms in Uganda

Joanna Vinden is a first-year MPH student with specializations in infectious disease and vaccinology and global health. She completed her BSc in chemistry at McGill University. After graduating she decided to shift her career focus from chemistry to public health, to pursue a career dedicated to alleviating the tremendous burden of infectious disease in developing countries. This summer she will be researching the dynamics of malaria drug-resistance several sites Uganda.

Daniel Morberg

Barriers to healthcare access along the spectrum of rheumatic heart disease progression – a provider perspective qualitative study

Daniel grew up in southern California and stuck around for college to study philosophy at UCLA. After graduating he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Turkmenistan before moving to China to live and work for another two years. He returned to the US and dedicated himself to pursuing medicine. During a post-baccalaureate program, he did research in global health at UCSF, taught meditation to inmates in the SF county jail system, and finally worked at a health technology start-up before enrolling in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Daniel's masters research is centered on healthcare access for residents of urban slums centered around rheumatic heart disease in Salvador, Brazil. He is extremely excited to work with the Center for Global Public Health and continue investigating how best to provide access and prevent disease in this population.

Melissa Carlson

Explaining Variations in How Refugees Access Health Care Services: Results from a Survey Experiment with Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Melissa Carlson is in the third year of the Political Science PhD program at U.C. Berkeley focusing on International Relations, Comparative Politics, Methods, and the Middle East. Her research interests include the impact of aid in humanitarian crisis response, migration, irregular conflict, public goods provision, and the relationship between state and non-state actors. Currently, Melissa is conducting research on why states cooperate with violent non-state actors like rebel groups and terrorist organizations and why governments use siege warfare tactics against their civilians in civil war. Melissa is also conducting research in conjunction with the Berkeley law school on circumstances under which vulnerable migrants may forgo applying for asylum and exercising their legal rights. Melissa's masters thesis focused on how different types of humanitarian relief strategies can perversely incentivize governments to eliminate vulnerable populations’ access to critical services, prolonging the negative impacts of humanitarian crises. Previously, Melissa has conducted extensive research on how host government outsourcing of governance/public goods provision of protracted refugee populations to external actors impact state sovereignty in the Middle East. Prior to beginning her PhD at U.C. Berkeley, Melissa worked as Public Information consultant for the International Organization for Migration Iraq Mission in Amman, Jordan and Erbil, Iraq.

Esther Chung

Evaluating the Use of Tablet-Based Technology to Improve Child Development in Bangladesh

Esther Chung grew up in Southern California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Public Health and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. After graduating, she worked as a Staff Research Associate in the School of Public Health at Berkeley on research related to neighborhood environments and chronic disease as well as adverse child experiences and maternal and infant health outcomes. During her undergraduate career, Esther was involved in research focused on fishing livelihoods and nutritional outcomes in Kenya, which became the foundation for her interest in global health nutrition. In particular, she is interested in how poor access to resources (food insecurity, lack of clean water, lack of healthcare) affects the health of vulnerable populations. She is also interested in the effectiveness of combined intervention trials that target multiple areas, such as nutrient supplementation, clean water, and early childhood stimulation. In her free time, she loves to go rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking in the Sierras.

Amanda Keller

Evaluating Epigenetic Alterations of Early-life Arsenic Exposure to Evaluate Lung Disease On-set Through a Non-Invasive Mechanism in Antofagasta, Chile

Amanda Keller is a first-year PhD student in molecular toxicology with an emphasis on environmental exposures and global health. Her interests began in the mountains of Guatemala where she studied Central American health care systems .Following 6-months in Guatemala, she attended UCSF to obtain her Master’s in Global Health where she studied arsenic-induced epigenetic alterations in Bangladeshi children. This has brought her to her current research where she will study epigenetic alterations in a variety of biological medias to evaluate disease risk in previously arsenic exposed Chilean adults. When she is not playing in lab, she enjoys conducting experiments in the kitchen, playing soccer in local adult leagues, and eating her way around the bay area.

2017 CGPH Global Health Reporting Fellows & Innovation for Youth (I4Y) Fellows

Chloe Lessard - Global Health Reporting

Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Cuba: the maternal experience

Chloe Lessard is a San Francisco native and concurrent graduate student in Public Health (Epidemiology/Biostatistics) and Journalism interested in infectious disease, women's health, and bioethics. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's in Neurobiology and Physiology in 2015. Lessard has been drawn to women's health from her experience reporting on policy, health care access, and PrEP use in California. Last year, she reported on traditional birth houses and doula work in Tokyo, Japan, and worked as assistant producer for a Bay Area science audio series called Science Today. In her spare time, Chloe likes to take butoh dance classes, read novels, and consume lots of coffee.

Anoop Jain - I4Y

Potential Benefit of a Mobile Health Application on Adolescent Girls Living in Rural India

Anoop is the founding director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI), a non-profit that combats open defecation in rural India. He is also a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, where he is researching the social determinants of open defecation. The proposed research will examine what, if any, benefit adolescent girls who live in rural India, and who are married before the age of 18, gain from interacting with a community health worker using a new mobile health application. These adolescent girls are susceptible to a variety of health complications, particularly if they are nursing infants. It is important to understand which interventions help improve their health outcomes, as well as the outcomes of their children to prevent morbidity and mortality. Thus it is critically important to understand whether or not this mobile app can serve this purpose.

Kelly Johnson - I4Y

Minority Stressors and Psychosocial Resources Among Trans*, Genderqueer and Non-binary Adolescents

Kelly Johnson is a third-year DrPH student. She has 15 years of experience working with public health programs that serve marginalized populations, both internationally and domestically. She currently works with Project AFFRIM, a mixed-methods transgender identity development study. Her research interests include adolescent health, HIV prevention, qualitative methods, transgender health, stigma, and resilience. This study will explore minority stressors and psychosocial resources among trans*, genderqueer and non-binary adolescents between the ages 16-20 who live in the Bay Area. The study will employ innovative qualitative visual methods, including “lifeline” narratives and photo elicitation, to explore participant experiences of stigma and discrimination, as well as the factors that they identify as protective against stigma and discrimination, such as social support, community resources and safe spaces. A better understanding of the lived experiences of trans*, genderqueer and non-binary adolescents and the processes that promote resilience will facilitate the development of urgently needed mental health interventions for this population.

Lee Lemus Hufstedler - I4Y

Transgender Homeless Youth and Health Disparities

Lee Lemus Hufstedler is a Chicano future family physician in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program who is passionate about ending health disparities. Lee want to create change for marginalized populations – including LGBTQ communities, Latinos, and immigrants –through community organizing, advocacy, and research on social and structural determinants of health.

CGPH Graduate-Level Fellowships

The Center for Global Public Health (CGPH) offers 3 categories of graduate-level fellowships. We offer 8-10 Global Health Research Fellowships annually, a competitive stipend supporting international travel and research for MPH, MDP, and MD/PhD students. We award two Global Health Reporting internships offered in partnership with the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. We are also collaborating with UC Berkeley Innovations 4 Youth to offer tje I4Y/CGPH Adolescent Health Fellowships.

CGPH Research Fellowships


  • The Center for Global Public Health established its annual graduate student research fellowships in 2008 to provide experiential learning for Berkeley students who are interested in global public health. This year, eight to ten research fellowships in the amount of $3,000-$5,000 will be awarded to qualified students who are selected, via a competitive evaluation process, to support 8-12 weeks of international travel and research activities in summer 2017.
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CGPH Global Health Reporting Internship


  • The UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism are excited to offer a joint internship for a summer global health reporting project in 2017. A $4,000 stipend will be awarded to a UC Berkeley graduate student (journalism or public health) to cover expenses involved in producing a work of journalism that investigates an issue related to health disparities and/or health equity in a low-to-middle income country.
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Innovations for Youth (I4Y)/CGPH Adolescent Health

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  • As a part of Innovations for Youth’s and Center for Global Public Health’s missions to support experiential learning for UC Berkeley graduate students interested in adolescent health and wellbeing, a graduate student fellowship opportunity has been established. Fellowships in the amount of $2,500-$5,000 will be awarded to two to three qualified students selected via a competitive evaluation to support study-related travel and activities for 2-3 months in the summer of 2017 (exceptions considered for projects with longer timelines or timelines outside of the summer).
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Other Global Health Fellowships at UC Berkeley

We collaborate closely with the UC Berkeley MHIRT program, which provides global health opportunities to undergraduates and is awarded by our colleagues at the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND). We also support the UC Berkeley Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship program which awards a year fellowship for upper-level PhD, post-doctoral, and medical students. This is an NIH/Fogarty-funded fellowship program.

Global Health Equity Scholars Program

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  • The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship is 12-month mentored research fellowship sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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CEND MHIRT Scholars Program

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  • The Minority Health/Global Health Disparities Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley funds international summer research experiences for qualified Berkeley students. The program provides training in infectious disease research, with a focus on diseases that disproportionately affect people in developing countries.
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Previous Fellows

Carly Barker
Claire Boone
Lisa DeMaria
Jillian Kadota
Emily Pearman
Samuel Schildhauer
Folasade Wilson-Anumudu
Shane Fallon (Global Health Reporting)
Brian Rinker (Global Health Reporting)
Juliana Friend (I4Y/CGPH)
Carolyn Kraus (I4Y/CGPH)

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Andrew Mertens
Anna Summer
Magi Gabra
Nerissa Nance
Heather Knauer
Zachary Olson
Jennifer Sisto
Grace Lesser

Adam Laytin
Anna Summer
Meghan Hatfield
Nancy Czaicki
Christopher Anderson
Samantha Rudolph
Kate Vavra-Musser
Vania Wang
Lauren Harris
Luis A. Rodriguez
Alexander Goodell (Global Health Reporting)
Erik Neumann (Global Health Reporting)

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Samantha Rudolph
Robert Snyder
Mike Picetti
Courtney Henderson
Jenna Hua
Erika Gavenus
Ana Levin
Anoop Muniyappa
Saira Zaidi

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2012 Fellows
Katie Sausen
Daniel Peixoto Irby
Shane Mcinally
Fraser Gaspar
Ariella Goldblatt
Erin Milner
Courtney Henderson
Anna Zimmerman

2011 Fellows
Mai Fung
Sarah Jane Holcombe
Gordon Shen
Amelia Wallace
Jennifer Wang
Ann Weber
Justin White

2010 Fellows
Melisa Kortan
Ayse Ercuman
Devina Kuo
Lisa Wong
Mari Nanamori
Ann Weber
Hope Biswas
Georgia Green

2009 Fellows
Mary Hardy
Yasuyo Diana Umene
Heather Zorneter
Naya Vanwoerkom
Laura Packel
Aaron Bochner
Meghan Althoff
Mayuri Panditrao

2008 Fellows
Sara Stern-Nezer
Nishat Shiek
Janice Meerman
Kevin Yuen
Terrence Lo
Dave Dauphine
Brooke Finkmoore

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Through the camera lenses of our fellows...