Student Engagement

HGHI Global Health Ambassadors

The mission of the HGHI Global Health Ambassadors is to build a community and idea-sharing space for undergraduates interested in global health at Harvard. The SAC aims to support cross-disciplinary collaboration and communication among students. This space provides undergraduates with opportunities to be involved with and to help inform HGHI’s work, especially on issues that affect student experiences. It also provides a platform from which students can learn about HGHI-supported opportunities, such as global health summer internships and courses, and request support for their own student-led projects and initiatives.

Are you interested in global health? Are you hoping to get more involved on campus but don’t know where to start? If so, talk to a Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) Student Ambassador! We’re always happy to talk about global health classes, internships, research opportunities, and more. Feel free to email us directly if you have any questions and/or would like to meet with us. We are also hosting monthly office hours in each neighborhood- keep an eye out for house emails from us. We look forward to meeting you!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: ruhinayak@college.harvard.edu

Ruhi Nayak

Co-President, Student Advisory Committee

  • Concentration: Government
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Currier
Hi everyone! I’m Ruhi and I am a junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, studying Government with a secondary in GHHP. My interests lie at the intersection of medicine and policy. As a result, much of my research has been in clinical care as well as health legislation. On campus, I am a course assistant for Chem17 and PS11, and am involved with MEDLIFE, IOP health policy, and Partners in Health Engage. You’ll also find me choreographing dances for Ghungroo, which is Harvard’s South Asian American cultural show, writing articles for the Harvard Political Review, tutoring recently immigrated teens from the greater-Boston area, and competing in Model United Nations. Please reach out if you have any questions about opportunities at Harvard, finding labs and making time for research, global health in general, or anything else!
  • Areas of Interests in Global Health: Women’s Health, Health Policy, Healthcare Development, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
  • Student groups: MEDLIFE, Partners in Health Engage, IOP Health Policy, PBHA’s Recent Immigrant Term-Time Tutoring Program, Ghungroo, Harvard Model United Nations, International Relations Council, Harvard Political Review, Teaching (Chem17, PS11)
  • Research/Internships: Clinical maternal-fetal COVID research (Massachusetts General Hospital); methamphetamine policy research (Harvard Kennedy School); research on the effects of climate change on malnutrition (Chile, through DRCLAS); research on the CARP-1 gene in breast cancer (Wayne State University)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: harrisonngue@college.harvard.edu

Harrison Ngue

Co-President, Student Advisory Committee

  • Concentration: Biomedical Engineering
  • Secondary: History of Science, Medicine, & Technology (Language Citation in Spanish)
  • Year: Junior
  • House: Cabot
Hi! My name is Harrison and I am a junior from Los Angeles, California living in Cabot House and concentrating in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. I am interested in the intersection between medicine and research— I am currently an undergraduate researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, where I study chemoresistant and quiescent breast cancer cells and their extracellular signaling mechanisms under chemotherapy stress. As interested as I am in the scientific aspects of medicine and health, I also realize that not everybody across the world has equal access to these treatments and services, so I am also passionate about taking steps in policy to make healthcare accessible to the public.
  • Areas of Interests in Global Health: Health policy, healthcare accessibility & equity, education, research, cancer, Southeast Asia (Quality Improvement, Quality of Care, Infectious Disease, HIV/AIDS, Climate Change, Global Mental Health, Health Policy, Technology, South Asia, Chronic Disease)
  • Student groups: Wellness Educators, IOP Health Policy, HSHS Volunteer, Circle of Women, Women’s Cabinet
  • Research/Internships: Clinical Research at Mass General Hospital, Intern at Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation at Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: juliacasas@college.harvard.edu

Julia Casas

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Sophomore/Class of 2024
  • House: Mather
  • Concentration, Secondary: Neuroscience MBB, Global Health & Health Policy
  • Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Hello everyone! My name is Julia and I am a sophomore from East Los Angeles, California, studying Neuroscience with a secondary in GHHP. Through HGHI, I aspire to help students get involved in global health advocacy and community outreach. I am currently on the pre-med track interested in Neurosurgery. I aspire to become a locum tenens physician who assists underserved communities. My research focuses on 3D modeling rodent motor behavior to determine the function of the dorsolateral striatum located in the basal ganglia. I am a piano instructor through the Harmony Mentoring Program, and have interests in musical theater.  I am President of Fuerza Latina, so you’ll often find me in Latinx spaces on campus. Some of my hobbies include reading, photography and thrifting.  
  • Areas of Interest in Global Health: migrant health, mental health advocacy, international health policy, women’s health
  • Global Health-Related Student Organizations: Partners in Health Engage
  • Other Student Organizations: Harvard Fuerza Latina President, Harmony Volunteer Mentoring Program, College ARCH Mentor, Puente Program College Ambassador, Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club
  • Research/Internships: Motor learning and behavior in Ölveczky Lab at Center for Brain Science (Harvard University), microbiome and staph bacteria of the hand at the Broad Institute (MIT and Harvard)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: sakshigarg@college.harvard.edu

Sakshi Garg

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Sophomore / Class of 2024
  • House: Adams 
  • Concentration, Secondary: Human Developmental & Regenerative Biology; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies 
  • Home Town: Little Rock, AR
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Sakshi, and I’m a sophomore In Adams House originally from Arkansas studying Human Developmental & Regenerative Biology with a secondary in gender studies. On campus, I do research with the Hsu Lab in the SCRB department, direct the Harvard Global Health & Leadership Conference with VISION and HGHI, and serve on the board of the South Asian Women’s Collective. I’m deeply interested in the intersection of healthcare and human rights, specifically women’s health, and am working on a project addressing implicit bias in the identification/treatment of trafficked patients for HEAL Trafficking. Outside of research and global health, you can find me organizing events with the Adams House Committee, playing Sudoku, and going into Boston with friends! If you want to chat about getting involved in research, maintaining interdisciplinary interests while being pre-med, choosing a balanced set of classes, global health opportunities at Harvard, or anything else, please reach out!
  • Areas of Interest in Global Health: Women’s health, translational medicine/scientific research, health equity, education  
  • Global Health-Related Student Organizations: VISION Global Health Society
  • Other Student Organizations: The Crimson, IOP Citizenship Tutoring, South Asian Women’s Collective
  • Research/Internships: Skin regeneration in Hsu Lab (Harvard University), student intern (HEAL Trafficking)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: johnlin@college.harvard.edu

John Lin

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: he/him/his
  • Year: Class of 2025
  • House/Dorm: Greenough
  • Concentration, Secondary: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, GHHP/History of Science
  • Home Town: Boston, MA
Bio: Hello! I am John Lin, a first-year living in Greenough who is planning on pursuing a concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in GHHP or History of Science. I am excited about the intersection between health and policy to drive healthcare equity. On campus, I have been a policy researcher for the IOP Health Policy Team and worked on increasing accessibility to weatherization services. I also care deeply about education and serve as a team lead for the IOP Policy’s Education Team as well as a mentor for BRYE Teen. Outside of campus, I am conducting research on toxic protein accumulation in kidney disease at the Broad Institute.  I would love to hear more about your interests in global health and cannot wait to help you navigate through all the incredible opportunities that HGHI has to offer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out about classes, internship opportunities, interests/global health ideas, or anything else!
  • Areas of interest in Global Health: health policy, healthcare accessibility, education, healthcare economics, immigrant healthcare management
  • Other Student Organizations: Global VISION, IOP Policy, HCURA, Harvard Science Review, PBHA BRYE Teen
  • Research/Internships: Research Intern (Broad Institute); Microbiology Research Intern (Forsyth Institute)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: cindyliu@college.harvard.edu

Cindy Liu

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Sophomore/Class of 2024
  • House: Adams
  • Concentration, Secondary: Statistics, Computer Science
  • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hi everyone! My name is Cindy, and I’m a sophomore in Adams from Edmonton, Canada, studying Statistics with a secondary in CS. I’m interested in the intersection of entrepreneurship and global health, and I’m very excited to start a new HGHI initiative to help connect students with inspiring entrepreneurs who are tackling various global health challenges. Private solutions to global health are often overlooked, so I’m hoping to bring a bit of attention to this space! On campus I’m involved in various communities such as AACF, Collegiate, SCAS, Woodbridge, and STAHR–would love to chat about any of these! In my free time you’ll also find me exploring new food places, biking and hiking, wandering in museums, listening to music, and constantly laughing. Please reach out if you have any questions, want to chat about exploring interests in global health from a non-life science perspective, or anything else!
  • Areas of Interest in Global Health: entrepreneurial solutions, disability equity, health policy, healthcare economics, women’s health
  • Other Student Organizations: Asian-American Christian Fellowship, Collegiate Capital Partners, Small Claims Advisory Service, Woodbridge International Society, Student Astronomers at Harvard-Radcliffe
  • Research/Internships: To be added

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: maanasa_mendu@college.harvard.edu

Maanasa Mendu

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Class of 2024
  • House: Kirkland
  • Concentration, Secondary: Neuroscience, Global Health & Health Policy
  • Home Town: Mason, OH
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Maanasa, and I’m a sophomore from Mason, Ohio studying Neuroscience on the MBB track with a secondary in GHHP. I’m interested in the development and acceptance of innovation in healthcare from the systems to the individual level. To this end, I have taken classes focused on the life sciences, technology, and social anthropology and explored research and internships focused on more precise diagnostics for neuropsychiatric disease and quality improvement for people with HIV/AIDS in a federal public health agency. Outside of course work, I help organize events with the wellness educators, fundraise with Circle of Women, and volunteer as a resource advocate at HSHS. You’ll also find me taking brisk walks, hunting for ice cream places to try, and singing off-key. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about navigating global health interests, classes, or internships at Harvard or just want to chat!
  • Areas of interest in Global Health: social determinants of health, infectious disease, technology, quality improvement, medical anthropology, and health policy 
  • Global Health-Related Student Organizations: Wellness Educators, IOP Health Policy Team, African Policy, and Development Initiative
  • Other Student Organizations: Circle of Women, Women’s Cabinet, HSHS (Resource Advocacy), Ghungroo
  • Research/Internships:  summer intern (Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation, Ryan White/HIV AIDS Program), research assistant (Delirium Lab MGH), medical anthropology research (Radcliffe Research Partnership), medical content writing intern

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: krishapatel@college.harvard.edu

Krisha Patel

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Class of 2025
  • House: Holworthy
  • Concentration: Computer Science, Chemical & Physical Biology
  • Home Town: Chicago, IL
Hi! I’m Krisha, a first-year planning to concentrate in Computer Science and Chemical & Physical Biology. On campus, I’m a Connections Principal for Harvard Undergraduate Capital Partners, and involved in a biotech project exploring genetic markers of glaucoma for GAMI. Off campus, I conduct research in cognitive neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital and computational oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Broad Institute. I volunteer as a student advocate with PBHA’s Best Buddies Program, and as a Resource Manager with the Crimson Care Collaborative at MGH-Revere. In my free time, you’ll likely find me roaming around with my camera, dancing to South Asian music, playing bridge, or obsessing over Secret Hitler to anyone who’ll listen. Please reach out if you have any questions about computational healthcare opportunities, research, freshman-year classes, dancing, or anything else!
  • Areas of Interest in Global Health: disability equity, neurodevelopment, health policy, language barriers in healthcare
  • Health-Related Student Organizations: Harvard Health Policy Review, GAMI, Crimson Care Collaborative
  • Other Student Organizations: PBHA’s Best Buddies Program, Harvard Undergraduate Capital Partners (HUCP), CBE, Ghungroo
  • Research/Internships: clinical neurodevelopment research (Boston Children’s Hospital); computational oncology research (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute + Broad Institute)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: jpowley@college.harvard.edu  

Jennifer Powley

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Class of 2024
  • House: Lowell
  • Concentration, Secondary:  Joint in History and Science and Philosophy, GHHP
Home Town: Frisco, Texas Bio: Hi everyone! I’m Jennifer and I’m a sophomore from Frisco, Texas (north of Dallas) studying History and Science and Philosophy with a secondary in GHHP. I’m passionate about health equity and access to healthcare, and my latest interests include the intersection of health equity and emergency management and how global health diplomacy influences public health initiatives. I am currently the Crisis Continuity Coalition (C3) emergency management intern for the Oregon Federal Executive Board where I help promote interagency collaboration to advance regional preparedness. Beyond global health, you can find me writing articles for The Crimson news board, organizing and participating in Lowell house intramural games, and volunteering with the PBHA Small Claims Advisory Service. If you want to chat about working in the federal government, ways to get involved in global health outside of medicine, course recs, or really anything about life/Harvard please reach out! I am weirdly knowledgeable about a lot of things not listed on my resume, so I can hopefully help with any question you may have.
  • Areas of interest in Global Health: health equity, health policy, substance use and addiction, emergency management, global health diplomacy, healthcare economics
  • Other Student Organizations: The Crimson, PBHA Small Claims Advisory Service, CHAARG
  • Research/Internships: Emergency management intern (Oregon Federal Executive Board), U.S. opioid systems research (MGH Institute for Technology Assessment), toxicology internship and shadowing (Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: msrodriguez@college.harvard.edu

Marilyn Rodriguez

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Year: Junior/Class of 2023
  • House: Quincy
  • Concentration, Secondary: History of Science & Anthropology, Global Health and Health Policy
  • Home Town: Boston, MA
Hi everyone! My name is Marilyn Rodriguez, and I am a junior from Boston living in Quincy House and studying History of Science & Anthropology with a secondary in GHHP. I am interested in community engagement and advocacy as it relates to health equity; I am also very interested in health advocacy for migrant populations. On campus, I am also involved in organizations that build community; I am a Peer Advising Fellow for first-years and a leader for the First-Year Urban Program. I am also involved in the Harvard yearbook, Partners in Health Engage, FIMRC, the PBHA ExperiMentors program, and MedLife. Please feel free to reach out if you have any of the same interests, if you have any questions about community engagement at Harvard, or anything else that comes to mind!
  • Areas of Interest in Global Health: health equity and accessibility, migrant health
  • Global Health-Related Student Organizations: Partners in Health Engage, FIMRC, MedLife
  • Other Student Organizations: Peer Advising Fellows, Harvard Yearbook Publications, First-Year Urban Program, PBHA ExperiMentors
  • Research/Internships: Service-learning and engagement in global health in medical schools (Kaiser Permanente Medical School), maternal health in Federally Qualified Health Centers in California (Harvard Kennedy School)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: esiyanbade@college.harvard.edu

Tomi Siyanbade

Student Ambassador

  • Gender Pronouns: She/her
  • Year: Sophomore / Class of 2024
  • House: Cabot 
  • Concentration, Secondary: Chemical and physical Biology; Global Health and Health Policy;  Language Citation in French 
  • Home Town: Atlanta(ish), GA
Bio:  Hey! My name is Tomi Siyanbade, and I'm an academic-sophomore social-junior from Atlanta(ish), Georgia, studying Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in GHHP and a Language Citation in French. I'm broadly interested in global health at all levels-- from wet-lab development of diagnostic tests, to epidemiological studies of specific health determinants. I'm currently working in the Sabeti Lab at the Broad Institute, where I'm helping to optimize various diagnostics as well as writing a textbook to educate high schoolers on outbreak response (Operation Outbreak-- google it!) Outside of STEM, I love both listening to and playing music; you can find me in various ensembles on campus. I also love talking about movies and tv shows, so if you have any questions about my path here at Harvard or if you want me to tell you why Avengers Endgame is much worse than you remember, feel free to reach out!
  • Areas of Interest in Global Health: health equity and infrastructure, infectious disease, biotechnology
  • Other Student Organizations: The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD), IOP Women in Leadership, Cabot Musical
  • Research/Internships: Project Lead for Operation Outbreak Textbook, Research Assistant optimizing diagnostic tests (Broad Institute), Research Assistant analyzing C. elegans RNAseq data (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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