Sally Akarolo-Anthony, MD, MSc
SD student, Department of Nutrition
Steered toward the study of medicine because of her aptitude for science, Sally discovered an interest in research early on. After a few years of clinical and research experience in Nigeria, she enrolled in a master’s program in clinical trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Recognizing that nutrition is a universal exposure, she decided to pursue doctoral work at HSPH. As a Bernard Lown scholar-in-residence, she is examining the effects of dietary and supplemental mineral intake on the risk of cardiovascular diseases for her dissertation.
Sally appreciates many aspects of her time at HSPH. She likes the use of case-based teaching and interactive group-based learning. She enjoys Boston’s winters, which bring HSPH’s annual Winter Ball and ski trip. Above all, she values the approachability of the faculty in her department, including the “stars” of the epidemiology and nutrition worlds.
Sally has maintained research collaborations with colleagues in Nigeria, and during her summers, she teaches epidemiology and biostatistics there as a way to help build research capacity. She is the principal investigator of a grant to study the role of peer mentoring on physical inactivity and obesity in Africa. She was recognized as a “rising star in global health” by Grand Challenges Canada, for her innovative mobile health (mHealth) research. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship, she expects to follow an academic career encompassing both teaching and research.