James “Jimmy” Wester
Mr. Wester will spend his fellowship year at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership in Gaborone under the mentorship of Shahin Lockman MD MSc, Neo Tapela MD MPH, Scott Dryden-Peterson MD, and Joe Makhema MBChB FRCP. His research will focus on assessing the quality of life of breast cancer survivors post-mastectomy utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In combining the data of the Thabatse cancer cohort with new qualitative data, Mr. Wester hopes to better understand the continuum of breast cancer care in Botswana with a specific emphasis on post-mastectomy support and treatment. Mr. Wester is a fourth year medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is passionate about access to surgical care and implementation of resource-intensive surgical care in low-resource settings with the hope of focusing on oncologic and reconstructive care in Botswana during and after his surgical residency. Mr. Wester spent eight years of his childhood in Gaborone, with both of his parents working as HIV specialists at Princess Marina Hospital. He is humbled to have the opportunity to return to Botswana and is excited to learn from his mentors and develop as a researcher.
Leonard Baatiema, MSc, PhD
Dr. Leonard Baatiema will spend his fellowship year at the University of Ghana School of Public Health and the West African Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens under the mentorship of Prof Margaret Elizabeth Kruk, MD, MPH; Prof Kodwo Ansah Koram, MB ChB; MPH&TM; PhD) and Prof Ama de-Graft Aikins, MSc & PhD. His research will focus on developing a framework to inform the redesign of more resilient, equitable and efficient healthcare systems to tackle the complex health needs of people living with non-communicable diseases during public health emergencies such as COVID-19. He received his Masters degree in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics in 2011, UK. Dr Baatiema also holds a PhD in Public Health from the Australian Catholic University, Sydney. At present, he is a Lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Public Health. Prior to, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana. He aspires to become a research leader in strengthening primary health care systems to tackle NCDs burden globally.
Reuben Ayivor-Djanie, MPhil, PhD
Dr. Reuben Ayivor-Djanie will spend his fellowship year at the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana, and the Center for Global Health, University of New Mexico, under the mentorship of Dr. Douglas J. Perkins (UNM) and Prof. Gordon Awandare (WACCBIP). Dr. Ayivor-Djanie will use the fellowship year to investigate the global gene expression patterns and genomic targets of Activation-Induced cytidine Deaminase (AID) in P. falciparum-exposed tonsillar geminal center (GC) B cells. Dr. Ayivor-Djanie received his Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology (KNUST) in 2012 and his PhD in the Molecular Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Ghana in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Gordon Awandare and Prof. Douglas J. Perkins. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Basic and Biomedical Sciences, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana. His research interests lie in how infectious pathogens predispose immune cells to genomic aberrations that lead to cancer.
Bernard Asimeng, MSc, PhD
Dr. Asimeng will spend his fellowship year at the University of Ghana, West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACBIP), and School of Engineering Sciences in Accra under the mentorship of Douglas J. Perkins, PhD, Gordon Awandare, PhD, and Elvis Tiburu, PhD. His research will focus on the development of a facile bio-recognition material for rapid and early detection of cancer in low and middle-income settings. Dr. Asimeng received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science (Biomaterials) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. He did a three-month Post-doctoral training in Tissue Engineering with the Biomaterials Group, Department of Materials, University of Oxford. His goal is to develop biological interface materials for biomedical applications.
Anushka Patel, MA, PhD
Dr. Patel is a clinical psychologist, specializing in trauma-related assessment and treatment across cultures. She studied psychology and cross-cultural studies at Carleton College. She then earned her doctorate at The University of Tulsa, and completed her internship and clinical post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Patel is particularly passionate about developing and delivering trauma-related interventions to people in underserved communities using community-based participatory methods. She will spend her fellowship year at Sangath, in Goa, India, under the mentorship of Drs. Vikram Patel (Harvard and Sangath), Abhijit Nadkarni (Sangath and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Sailesh Mohan (Public Health Foundation of India), and Ameeta Kalokhe (Emory University). Dr. Patel’s research will focus on co-creating a trauma-focused intervention for survivors of gender-based violence with key stakeholders.
Djeneba Fofana, PharmD, MSc, PhD
Dr. Fofana is an Associate Professor of Virology at University of Sciences Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTTB). Her contribution in science has been mostly in the molecular characterization of drug resistance profiles of non-B HIV-1 (Prevalent subtypes from Africa), particularly in resistances to antiretroviral therapy in Mali. She also has an extensive experience in clinical virology (HIV, hepatitis, all herpes virus and SARS-Cov2) and monitor many study protocols on HIV, hepatitis, fecal transplantation for ANRS (French Agency for HIV Research and Hepatitis) as associate practitioner at the Saint Antoine Hospital of Paris. She has successfully written and published research articles in peer-reviewed international journals in collaboration with other notable researchers.
Dr. Fofana will be conducting research at the USTTB under the mentorship of Dr. Almoustapha Maïga, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor in Virology, whose research focuses on HIV diagnostics, viral load, drug resistance in HIV and Professor Amadou Koné, Msc, PhD, expert in molecular biology and head of molecular Laboratory at University Clinical Research Center, Mali (UCRC). Professor Robert Murphy, MD, with extensive expertise in research study methodology and clinical trial design and Dr. Mamoudou Maiga, MD, PhD, and Dr Sally McFall, PhD, experts in molecular microbiology and Biomedical Engineering will be my US mentors. Her research will focus on the Development of “in house” quantitative real-time PCR for HBV DNA in co-infected HIV patients adapted for use in low and middle income countries. In resource-limited countries where decision to treat or to switch treatment is mostly based on clinical assessment and access to virologic monitoring is still limited, reason why, her works are mainly directed in increasing access to biological assays and capacity building for patient follow-ups. Through this program, she aims to acquire in-depth expertise on the development of molecular diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases like HIV, HBV, HPV, Ebola, and SARS-COV-2 and others viral infections.
Claudia Martínez, MSc, PhD
Dr. Claudia Martínez received a B.S. in nutrition at the University of Guadalajara, followed by one year of social service at the High Specialty Medical Unit in the Endocrinology Service at the Mexican Institute of Social Security. She completed a Master in Sciences with a concentration in Maternal-Child Nutrition at the same University in 2007. After, she joined the University of Guadalajara as a professor in undergraduate nutrition. Dr. Martínez worked for several years as a nutritionist and diabetes educator at the Civil Service Social Security and Services Institute. She is an active mentor, working with undergraduate and master students as well as an organizer of continuing training courses.
In 2020, Dr. Martínez earned a Ph.D. in Population Nutrition Sciences from the National Institute of Public Health México. She joined the Harvard School of Public Health as a visiting scientist and continues to collaborate with the Department of Nutrition. Her doctoral project focused on the pattern of meal frequency associated with weight change and the incidence of diabetes in a cohort of Mexican Teachers (MTC) that includes more than 100,000 women with follow-up since 2006. Her research interests are diet, lifestyle, and body weight at different stages of life to prevent chronic non-communicable diseases as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
As a Fogarty fellow, Dr. Martínez will continue postdoctoral research in the Center for Research on Population Health at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) under the mentorship of Martín Lajous Sc.D., M.D. and Josiemer Mattei Ph.D., M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Her research will elucidate nutritional and early life factors associated with gestational diabetes and cancer with a life-course perspective in women of MTC. The results will provide an in-depth understanding of lifestyle relationships and the development of chronic diseases in populations of low-middle-income countries and Latino populations in the United States. As well as for public health strategies that could reduce the burden of chronic diseases.
Isaac Adedeji, PhD
Dr. Isaac Adedeji has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. He teaches Medical Sociology/Anthropology and Bioethics at the Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. He will spend his fellowship year at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. His research will focus on developing a culture-sensitive framing for dementia caregiver training in Africa. Dr Adedeji is versatile with social science methodologies and qualitative data analysis. His career goal is to develop culture-centered approaches, including technologies, to address the challenges of dementia care in Africa.
Emmanuel Adebayo, MPH, PhD
Dr. Adebayo will spend his fellowship year at the Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria under the mentorship of Wafaie W. Fawzi MBBS, MPH, MS, DrPH and Adesola Ogunniyi B.Sc. MB,Ch.B, FMCP, FWACP, FRCP. His research will focus on the use of Mobile technology in HIV prevention (with focus on enhancing capacities of teachers for the delivery of Family Life and HIV Education in schools). Dr. Adebayo obtained his B.Sc. and MPH degrees from the University of Ilorin in Human Anatomy and Public Health respectively. He completed his PhD in Adolescent Health under the supervision and mentorship of Prof. Olayemi Omotade at the University of Ibadan. Dr. Adebayo is currently a co-chair of the Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent Health (GAMA) a WHO Technical Advisory Group and a member of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Results Advisory Group. Dr. Adebayo is an early career professional whose career goal is to contribute to improving data availability for making policy decisions for adolescents and young persons in Nigeria, Africa and globally.
Roseline Aderemi-Williams, MPharm, PhD
Dr. Aderemi-Williams will spend her fellowship year at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in Nigeria under the mentorship of Phyllis Kanki, DMV, DSc and Alani Sulaimon Akanmu, MBBS, MWCP, FMCP. Her research will focus on evaluating a multicomponent stepped care intervention program to improve medication adherence and retention in care among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) living with HIV in Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Aderemi-Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, University of Lagos where she obtained her M. Pharm. and Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacy. She is also a fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy. In November, 2020 she was awarded a 6 months Medium-term trainee under the Emory-Nigeria HIV research Training program. She is grateful to be selected for this fellowship as it will provide her with very structured mentorship that will enable her meet her goal of building a strong foundation to access research and career development awards as well as mentor her students for future research development in the field of HIV, AIDS prevention and management among pediatrics, adolescents and young adult as well as women in resource limited settings.
Hanalise V. Huff, MPH, MD
Dr. Hanalise V. Huff will spend her fellowship year in Lima Peru at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia under the mentorship of Patricia Garcia, MD, MPH, Igor Koralnik, MD, Davidson Hamer, MD and Monica Diaz, MD. Her research will focus on the neurocognitive sequela following SARS-CoV-2 infection in individuals with HIV/AIDS in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Huff is a Child Neurologist who recently graduated from residency at Boston Children’s Hospital through Harvard Medical School and completed her pediatrics training at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles. She received her medical degree and Master of Public Health in global health systems and development from Tulane University. She has strong interest in health policy and health system reform with a social justice lens and she serves as a representative to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s House of Delegates. She has participated in advocacy through the California Medical Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Neurology where she has advocated to congress on issues centered around bringing equitable and affordable health care to her patients and working to reduce health disparities.
Following her Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, she will be completing a clinical research fellowship in neurovirology and neuroimmunology at the NIH with a co-appointment through NINDS and NIAID. Dr. Huff hopes to continue developing skills as a clinician scientist and global neurologist and pursue a career at a large academic institution where she can exercise her neuro ID clinical interests both domestically and abroad while continuing health policy involvement.
Ann Scheunemann, MS, PhD
Dr. Scheunemann will spend her fellowship year at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office in Johannesburg, South Africa under the mentorship of Aneesa Moolla, PhD (University of Witwatersrand); Davidson Hamer, MD (Boston University); and David Henderson, MD (Boston University). Her research will focus on examining pathways of resilience in patients and nurses in urban South Africa. Ms. Scheunemann is completing her dissertation in the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program, in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University, in June. Her career goals include the development of contextually-relevant models of resilience which can provide structure for community-led mental health initiatives to foster resilience and empower children and caregivers in resource-limited settings.
Hlengiwe Madlala, MSc, MPH, PhD
Dr. Madlala will spend her fellowship in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health in Cape Town, South Africa under the mentorship of Profs Landon Myer, MBChB, PhD and Jennifer Jao, MD, MPH. Her research will focus on biomarkers of inflammation and immune activation in pregnancy, and possible transfer of these biomarkers to the fetal compartment (cord blood).
Dr. Madlala completed her PhD (Physiology) in 2015 through a collaborative program between the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Leuven which awarded her a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. She recently completed her Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) at the University of Cape Town with a distinction in the dissertation.
Having worked in one of South Africa’s busiest leading laboratories processing specimens for persons living with HIV (PLHIV), she development interest in HIV research and has observed patterns of weight change in PLHIV from historical wasting to a recent trend of obesity. Her career goal is to deepen the understandings of the impact of HIV and obesity comorbidity on maternal metabolic health outcomes over life course and perinatal origins of metabolic diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. This knowledge would make a significant contribution in guiding the development of interventions that could be integrated with HIV care in antenatal clinics.
Alison Castle, MD
As a Fogarty Global Health Fellow, Dr. Castle will spend a year at the African Health Research Institute in South Africa under the guidance of her mentors Drs. Mark Siedner, MD, MPH, Emily Wong, MD, and Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH. Her research interests focus on how infectious diseases lead to chronic inflammation and noncommunicable diseases. This phenomenon has been well-described in HIV, however there is a paucity of data about tuberculosis and the risk for noncommunicable diseases in humans. Dr. Castle will examine the co-epidemics of TB and diabetes in a large, HIV endemic, population-based cohort. This project will be a platform to expand the cross-sectional population data into a longitudinal cohort to further explore the relationship between TB, HIV, and chronic metabolic diseases in South Africa. Dr. Castle completed her MD at Stony Brook University School of Medicine followed by an Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently a fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital combined Infectious Disease Program in Boston, Massachusetts.
Candice Hwang, MD
Dr. Hwang will be working with the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE²RO) at the University of the Witwatersrand, under the mentorship of Dr. Mhairi Maskew, MBBCh, PhD, and Dr. Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH. She will examine changes in health-seeking behaviors in pregnant women living with HIV after the implementation of South Africa’s Option B+ policy, which made antiretroviral therapy available to these women for life, regardless of immune status. Ms. Hwang is currently completing her MD at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Ms. Hwang previously worked for the global health nonprofit Results for Development to track nutrition spending in Ethiopia and create a peer learning network for immunization program managers in countries transitioning out of Gavi support. She is originally from Shanghai, China, and is interested in supporting evidence-based policymaking in low- and middle-income healthcare systems.
Michael Galvin, PhD
Dr. Galvin will spend his fellowship year at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa under the mentorship of Dr. Aneesa Moolla, Dr. Claudia Hawkins, and Dr. David Henderson. His research will assess the perceptions, experiences, and mental health impacts of COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS pandemics in Johannesburg.
Dr. Galvin completed his PhD in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation research examined mental health in northern Haiti at the first mental health clinic in the region, opened in 2016. He is passionate about the relationship between belief systems and pathways to care and their impact on mental health treatment, and hopes to contribute to furthering evidence-based community-centered mental health and care in locations where they are currently limited.
Ms. Akanyirige will spend her fellowship year at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam under the mentorship of Pilly Chillo, MD and Sylvia Kaaya, MD, Msc, PhD with the continued mentorship of Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH (Northwestern). She will be studying the implementation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient reported experience measures (PREMs) into routine outpatient cardiology care.
Ms. Akanyirige is currently a fourth–year medical and Master of Public Health student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. At Feinberg, she has been a leader in mentorship and has developed experience across a diverse array of research topics.
Before beginning her education at Feinberg, Ms. Akanyirige graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Anthropology from Baylor University. At Baylor, Ms. Akanyirige was a four-year varsity athlete and captain of the Division I Baylor Women’s Soccer Team. Her career goals include working both domestically and internationally, using implementation science and capacity building to provide more accessible, high quality care.
Mr. Arvin Saleh will spend his fellowship year at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the mentorship of Christopher Sudfeld, ScM, ScD and Karim Manji MD, MMed, MPH. His research will focus on assessing maternal depression and its relationship with child growth and development outcomes, including how that relationship is mediated by HIV treatment and progression and mothers’ social ecosystems. Mr. Saleh is a fourth year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine who is also pursuing a concurrent MPH degree. He received his BS from Johns Hopkins University in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Public Health Studies, during which time he researched maternal-child nutrition in Nepal. He plans to pursue a career in paediatric anaesthesia within the framework of global maternal-child health.
Sabri Bromage, MPH, ScD
Dr. Bromage will spend his fellowship year at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand, under the mentorship of Tippawan Pongcharoen, PhD MsC, and Wafaie Fawzi, DrPH MBBS MPH MS. His research will focus on validation of a novel and easy-to-use tool for measuring diet quality in population surveys. Dr. Bromage is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a nutritional epidemiologist with experience working with research groups in Asia and Africa to collect and analyze population data on diet and nutrition status; characterize contributions of diet to nutrient adequacy, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and exposure to environmental agents; and design and evaluate evidence-based strategies for improving public health. Dr. Bromage’s main professional interests involve development and application of innovative methods and platforms for population dietary assessment in low- and middle-income countries.
Njambi Mathenge, MD, MPH
Dr. Mathenge will spend her Fogarty fellowship year at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda under the mentorship of Drs. Mark Siedner, MD, MPH, Samson Okello, MBchB, MSc, and team. Her research will focus on investigating the prevalence and correlates of cardiac dysfunction among people living with and without HIV in Uganda.
Dr. Mathenge is a cardiology fellow, and chief fellow, at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree with honors at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, completed residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and a Master in Public Health degree at the Rutgers School of Public Health. As a burgeoning global cardiologist and clinical researcher, Dr. Mathenge is passionate about addressing the burden of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among diverse communities globally and building collaborative initiatives to strengthen cardiovascular disease systems of care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Julian Adong, MBChB, MMED
Dr. Adong is pediatrician and clinical researcher with over 10 years experience working at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and Mbarara University of science and Technology. Her clinical work and research addresses several aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among different demographics. She has provided care and treatment to adolescents and young adults living with HIV/AIDS for over 10 years, and has advocated for critical adolescent and youth-friendly HIV care services including establishing specific treatment days for adolescents, organizing and facilitating adolescent psychosocial meetings, and formation of a pediatric-to-adult clinic transition protocol. Her experience caring and treating adolescents and young adults living with HIV/AIDS led to involvement in multiple HIV/AIDS research projects.
For her Fogarty fellowship she will study novel innovative interventions, including the use of social media, to improve ART adherence among adolescents and young adults in Mbarara, Uganda.
Rita Nassanga, MBChB, MMed
Dr. Nassanga is a Radiologist and lecturer in the Department of Radiology at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences. She is an enthusiastic researcher and her long-term goal is to ensure that patient care in Uganda is improved through medical imaging research and fellowship training. She aspires to work as a physician scientist at Makerere University, with a focus on improving the use of Radiology to improve health care delivery in low and middle income settings.
She will spend my fellowship year at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara under the mentorship of Mark J. Siedner, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Brian Ghoshhajra, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Radiology, and Samson Okello, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Nassanga’s research project will focus on Determinants of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy on CT coronary angiography in People with and without HIV in Uganda which will be nested in an ongoing study titled The Epidemiology of Coronary Artery Disease in Rural Uganda (CAD) study (NIH R01 HL141053) in people living with HIV, and matched population-based, HIV-uninfected comparators in Uganda. She will conduct the first study in SSA to use cardiac computed tomography (CCT) to determine the epidemiology of LVH in adults, and to determine whether EKG can serve as a low-cost diagnostic modality.
Victoria Shelus, MEM
Victoria Shelus will conduct her Fulbright-Fogarty research on malaria case management practices at drug shops builds upon: her interest in malaria and vector-borne diseases; past experiences conducting qualitative and mixed-methods research; and previous fieldwork in Uganda. The fellowship will provide her with invaluable experience necessary to achieve her career goal of conducting independent research on infectious disease risk and the development of community-level interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Shela Sridhar, MD, MPH
Dr. Sridhar will spend her fellowship year at the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research in Lusaka under the mentorship of Drs. David Hamer, Laurence Mwananyanda and Beatrice Amadi. Her research will focus on malnutrition in the adolescent population and the impact of food insecurity on long term nutrition of older children and adolescents. Dr. Sridhar completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as a fellowship in Global Health Service Delivery at Boston Children’s hospital. She is a current clinical instructor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Internal Medicine. She hopes to continue working towards global equity around child health and nutrition.