Baishakhi Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Biocultural Anthropology, MPH student, Global Health
Baishakhi Basu is a doctoral candidate of Biocultural anthropology. Her research aims to investigate the effect of early-life nutrition on ovarian development and reproductive function in women. She currently is applying for grants to conduct her dissertation fieldwork in Matlab, a remote sub-district of Bangladesh. In August 2013 Baishakhi successfully conducted her pilot work funded by pilot grants awarded by Medical anthropology and Global Health as well as the Dept. of Anthropology. Baishakhi serves as a teaching assistant in Biocultural anthropology. Baishakhi was an awardee of the Wadsworth international doctoral fellowship from 2010 to 2013. She earned her MA in biocultural anthropology in 2012 from U of Washington. She also held a CSDE (Centre for studies in Demography and Ecology) fellowship in 2010. Baishakhi has volunteered and interned for projects on environmental action plan, and maternal and neonatal health.
Molly Feder, MPH student, Epidemiology
Molly Feder is an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She received her BA in International Affairs concentrating in Global Health from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Prior to attending UW, Molly worked as a Government Relations Associate and Database Administrator at the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, DC where she advocated for enhanced FDA oversight of the vitamin and supplement industry. As an MPH student, Molly is a Maternal and Child Health Trainee and is interested in research pertaining to family planning and reproductive health.
Taurmini Fentress, MSW and MPA student, Social Work and Public Administration
Taurmini Fentress is a MPA candidate in the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and a MSW candidate in the School of Social Work. She is interested in how the mental health and health of women and children is impacted by global trade policies that demand an inexpensive and mobile workforce as well as health and mental health disparities more generally. Taurmini is also interested in resistance and healing and and how this differs across cultures. She works at the West Coast Poverty Center as a research assistant working to connect practitioners, policymakers, and poverty researchers in order to bridge gaps between anti-poverty research, practice, and policy. Taurmini graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. While there she worked as a research assistant on a comparison study, studying the impact of food choice and consumption on overall child health, both in Eugene, Oregon and Oveido, Spain. Her then two-year-old daughter accompanied her on her work in Spain and she looks forward to working abroad again when she finishes graduate school and her daughter finishes pre-school.
Ke Pan, MPH student, Global Health
Ke Pan is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having received her BA in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Masters Degree in Medicine from Third Military Medical University in China. Prior to coming to UW, she worked as a resident in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for three years and conducted research about the quality of women’s life after surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. She also conducted a research regarding the prevalence of hypertension and obesity in adolescents. Ke Pan is deeply interested in improving global health disparities of women, adolescents and children through education, awareness, and access to healthcare.
Erin Picolet, DNP student, Nursing Midwifery
Erin Picolet grew up on a cattle ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Strong ties to family, community service, and love of the great outdoors were steeples of her upbringing and continue play significant roles in her life and visions for global equality. Erin first started to dream of international service and being immersed in global communities when she attended Heifer Project International Camp in middle school. Her life was forever impacted by simply standing on a map of the world that was divided according to distribution of wealth. From that moment on, Erin has pursued educational, personal development, and volunteer opportunities that foster ending poverty and the plights associated with it. Erin currently works as a Registered Nurse at the Family Maternity Center at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. International service experiences, natural/ low intervention birth practices, and Women’s Health issues led her to the UW Doctor of Nursing Program: Nurse Midwifery Track. To date, Erin is still forming her vision of the future practice setting that allows her to merge her passions, interests, and life purpose. In her free time, Erin loves to be outdoors, take photographs, spend time with family, and travel at any opportunity.
Marina Plesons, MPH student, Global Health
Marina is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having received her BA in Biology and Anthropology of Global Health from Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to UW, she conducted research regarding the introduction of a mobile health van in rural Vermont for homeless and/or uninsured individuals, contributed to a World Bank grant for a national trauma system and Level 1 trauma hospital in Haiti, and worked as a health policy fellow in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Ministry of Health of Rwanda. She also co-founded a global health non-profit, called Health Advocacy Innovations, with the current goal of streamlining the treatment of pediatric MDR-TB treatment, for which there are no child-friendly formulations of the necessary medications.
Nuttada Panpradist, PhD student, Bioengineering
Originally from Thailand, Nuttada Panpradist aspires to become a professor of bioengineering so that she can remain engage in the areas she is passionate about: medicinal science, technology, healthcare and teaching. Currently, Nuttada is a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering under the supervision of Dr. Barry Lutz. Her research focuses on developing point-of-care devices for detecting HIV/TB infection and drug resistance. She is the technical lead on the OLA-Simple project, engineering a simple-to-use HIV drug resistant test (funded by Global WACh – W.H. Coulter foundation Seed Award 2012, Seattle’s Children Bridge Funding 2013, NIH R01 2014-19). Besides the OLA-Simple project, Nuttada works on developing point-of-care diagnostics for pulmonary TB from urine samples. This project was initiated from her GH 590 classroom project with Dr. Diana Marangu (a clinician from Kenya who was an MPH student at UW) and was subsequently funded by Global WACh – W.H. Coulter foundation Seed Award 2014. Through her participation in the Global WACh certificate program, Nuttada hopes to acquire better insights in WACh-related global health issues and explore more ways to utilize bioengineering skills to develop solutions to address these issues. She also hopes to expand her academic network by interacting with other Global WACh students and faculty members.
Katie Reynolds, MPH student, Health Services
Katie is an MPH student in the Health Services department. She received her BA in psychology from Colgate University before moving to Seattle. Katie worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound for 7 years, resigning from her role as Program Manager to pursue her MPH. She is now a part-time research assistant with VillageReach, an organization working in low-resource environments to increase access to quality healthcare for the most underserved communities. Katie will be pursuing her interest in maternal health in summer 2016, interviewing community stakeholders in Kenya regarding preterm birth and the acceptability of a using a device to potentially detect risk of preterm labor in women. As a recipient of the Remak Scholarship she is able to extend this qualitative research to South Africa to learn about the considerations regarding preterm birth and medical devices that are specific to South Africa.
Rebecca Streich, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Becky is a registered nurse working in the outpatient setting to promote health in a variety of specialties and settings. Over the past several years she has enjoyed a variety of volunteer projects globally providing healthcare, health education and public health infrastructure. She is currently enrolled in the University of Washingtonʼs Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner program. In the future she hopes to continue promoting globally competent care both here in the United States and abroad.
Julia Velonjara, MPH student, Global Health
Julia is an MPH student in the department of Global Health. Her primary interests are in program implementation focusing on reproductive and maternal health of adolescents girls and young women in East Africa. During the first year of her program, Julia is a research assistant for the Program on Global Mental Health. In summer of 2015, she will be traveling to Tanzania to complete her practicum on rural ante-, birth, and post-natal care, and to continue her study of Kiswahili as a FLAS scholarship recipient. Prior to coming to the University of Washington she worked with diverse youth in California on advocacy and engagement for tobacco prevention policies and worked in rural Madagascar as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on community development, environmental health, and girls’ empowerment projects. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University.