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Meet the 2020 Graduate Summer Research Assistants

Every quarter, UW graduate student research assistants get involved on our projects to develop standard operating procedures, support the participant recruitment process, and conduct data collection and analysis activities that are crucial to the success of the study design, process, and outcomes.  These opportunities allow student researchers to learn about the institutional research landscape, and to develop academic depth and skills in their chosen discipline.  Meet the 10 students working on Global WACh’s research portfolio this summer!  Click on their names to read their full biographies.

Stephanie Belanger, MS, MPH

Stephanie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology.  She is providing microbiology expertise on Dr. Patty Pavlinac’s (Co-Director, Gut Health and Child Survival Priority Area) Royalty Research Fund focused on antibiotic resistance genes in Kenyan children discharged from hospitals following severe illness–a high-risk window of morbidity and mortality–to understand the mechanisms driving this vulnerability and develop interventions.

 

Esther Choo, MPH

Esther is a PhD student in the Department of Global Health. She is working with Dr. Jennifer Unger (Co-Director, Family Planning Decision Support Priority Area), on the Mobile WACh NEO trial to scale up a SMS intervention in Kenya that addresses a crucial gap in supporting mothers to care for their neonates and seek care when needed.

 

Anupa Gewali

Anupa is a MPH student in the Department of Global Health. She is supporting Dr. Keshet Ronen’s IMAGINE study that is developing a social media-based group counseling intervention to prevent perinatal depression in adolescents in the Seattle area.

 

 

Micaela Haglund

Micaela is a MPH student in the Department of Global Health. She is supporting the launching of the PrIMA-Extension study, led by Dr. Jillian Pintye, that is quantifying PrEP exposure in infants born to mothers of the PrIMA study cohort and evaluating health outcomes through the child’s 5th birthday.

 

Wenwen Jiang, MPH

Wenwen is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. She is supporting Drs. Alison Drake, Brandon Guthrie, and Keshet Ronen across three projects that involve data management, data analysis and manuscript writing on HIV-related studies seeking to improve testing. She is also contributing to the COVID-19 daily literature search and article summarization with the UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness.

 

Anna Larsen, MPH

Anna Larsen is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. She is working with Dr. Grace John-Stewart and other members of the HIV and Co-Infections Through the Lifecycle Priority Area on a study that programmatically evaluates implementation, and determines best practices for providing PrEP to young women and adolescent girls in MCH and FP clinics in Kenya.

 

Shawon Ara Riffat, MBBS, MPH

Shawon is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology.  She is analyzing quantitative data utilized by a study led by Dr. Arianna Means that is evaluating the frequency with which health providers in limited-resource settings deviate from trained pediatric treatment guidelines, and factors that influence deviation in order to improve the quality of pediatric care and health outcomes.

 

Sarah Smith

Sarah is a MPH student in the Department of Global Health.  She is supporting the DeWorm3 project that is testing the feasibility of soil-transmitted helminth transmission led by Dr. Judd Walson (Center Co-Director and Co-Director, Gut Health and Child Survival Priority Area) with with costing data quality control and translating data from French to English.

 

Kirk Tickell, MBBS, MPH

Kirk is a PhD student in the Department of Global Health. He is serving as the Lead Epidemiologist for CHAIN Network, a global research network focused on optimizing the management and care of sick and undernourished children to improve growth and survival.

 

Adino Tsegaye, MPH

Adino is a PhD student in the Department of Global Health. He is supporting the CHAIN Network’s COVID-19 surveillance project in a data management role.