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Pathways to a Career in Global Health

Explore the many ways to a build a career in global health by hearing from people in the field! Learn how your academic interests can contribute to a health-oriented profession and the steps to get there.

Dr. Julia Cromwell

Julia Cromwell, from Baltimore, Maryland, is a 2015 graduate from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a current fourth year resident in the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to medical school she studied French History at Duke University, then taught science and math as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Liberia. She is working with colleagues within her residency to develop an international educational collaboration between the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency and Psychiatry Residency at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mbarara, Uganda.

Lola Fagbami

Lola is a doctoral candidate in the Chemical Biology Program at Harvard University, conducting her thesis research on drug resistance mechanisms in Plasmodium falciparum. She previously worked on developing automated methods for proteomics workflows, including affinity purification for interactomics studies, post-translational modification analysis, and biomarker discovery and verification methods as a biochemist at the Broad Institute. She studied Chemistry at Emory College (BS 2006), Biomedical Science at Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (MBS 2009), and Health Systems & Policy at Rutgers School of Public Health (MPH 2011).

Dr. Edward Geisinger

Eddie Geisinger is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Northeastern University.  Eddie received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in the Medical Scientist Training Program at New York University.  Eddie completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he developed approaches to study antibiotic resistant microbes, a problem he encountered as a medical student on critical care wards.  At Northeastern, Eddie's laboratory investigates the molecular basis of drug resistance and disease development in hospital-acquired pathogens. His research targets a highly resistant bacterium which poses a particularly significant threat to public health, Acinetobacter baumannii.  The Geisinger lab employs molecular genetics and systems biology approaches to explore facets of Acinetobacter cell biology that are unique to this superbug but are critical to the pathogen’s ability to cause refractory infections. Ultimately, this research aims to generate leads for the development of novel antimicrobial therapeutics that target hospital-acquired disease.

Kshema Nagavedu

Kshema is a Research Associate/Analyst in the
Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and a member of the Therapeutics and Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. She has a background in infectious disease
epidemiology and public health surveillance. Prior to joining the Dept. of Population Medicine, she spent four years at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Bureau of Infectious Disease and the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. Kshema has an MPH in Research Epidemiology from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health and a BS from the University of California, Irvine.

Angelina Sassi

Angelina Sassi is a Project Manager for the Africa Region at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Based in Boston, Massachusetts, she supports IHI’s quality improvement projects in Ethiopia and South Africa. Angelina first came to IHI in July 2014 as a co-op student on the New Business and Results & Evaluation teams. Before joining IHI, Ms. Sassi worked in Cape Town, South Africa, with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and in Boston, MA, with Partners In Health and with the HIV Regional Resource Network Program at the US Department of Health and Human Services. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a degree in Biology and minors in Health Science and Social Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, Angelina is an active member of the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band—a community street band based in Somerville, Massachusetts.