Congratulations to our 2017 UC Berkeley Global Health Fellows!
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.
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.
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.
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.