Student Engagement

HGHI Global Health Ambassadors

The mission of the HGHI Global Health Ambassadors (GHA) is to build a community and idea-sharing space for undergraduate global health groups at Harvard. The GHA aims to support cross-disciplinary collaboration and communication among student groups and promote the exchange of resources, such as publicizing events, sharing contacts, and offering advice. Read more here about our 2020 GHA’s. 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: suubademby@college.harvard.edu

Suuba Demby

Student Advisory Committee Co-President & Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Secondary: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Senior
  • House: Kirkland
Hi everyone! I’m Suuba and I am a senior in Kirkland House studying MCB with a secondary in GHHP, and I’m one of the co-presidents of the HGHI Student Advisory Committee. Living abroad in Malawi sparked my academic interest in translational science and understanding the socio-political factors driving global health conditions. On campus, I’m greatly involved in CrimsonEMS, Harvard’s student-run volunteer EMT organization. I'm also a course assistant in chemistry, and I’m currently working on my senior thesis where I’m studying how iron manipulation alters the community of bacteria in the cervix and vagina. Outside of class, I enjoy photography, playing piano, and volunteering for Harvard’s Y2Y homeless shelter. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding finding labs related to translational science, finding global health opportunities on campus, emergency medicine, working abroad in global health or simply just to chat! 
  • Areas of Interests in Global Health: Epidemiology, Healthcare Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Emergency Medicine
  • Student groups: CrimsonEMS, Y2Y Homeless Shelter
    • (Past): Reimagining Global Health Practicum, The Harvard Crimson Newspaper, You Can Too, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, MCB Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Research/Internships: Microbiology of the female genital tract at the Kwon Lab of the Ragon Institute, Girls’ Education and COVID-19 policy work in Sierra Leone at the Harvard Kennedy School.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: tmartheswaran@college.harvard.edu

Tanisha Martheswaran

Student Advisory Committee Co-President & Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Senior / 2022
  • House: Adams
Hi! I’m Tanisha, and I’m one of the Co-Presidents of the HGHI Student Advisory Committee. I’m currently a senior in Adams House from Utah concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a Secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I’m an aspiring physician interested in ophthalmology and regenerative medicine. I’m passionate about research, community service, and youth education. On campus, I’m an EMT and CPR/First Aid instructor with CrimsonEMS. I’m also involved with Harvard Synapse, PAFing (I’m also a specialty pre-health PAF!), and HUHS Wellness Educators. Off campus, I’m involved with neuro-ophthalmology research at Boston Children’s Hospital and clinical research in ophthalmology. Outside of school, I enjoy exploring Boston’s food scene, weightlifting, and watching scary movies! Feel free to reach out to talk about campus orgs, volunteering, the pre-med life, research opportunities, or anything at all!
  • Areas of Interests in Global Health:  Scientific Research/Translational Medicine, Holistic Wellbeing, Community Health and Prevention, Healthcare Access and Equity, Youth and Peer Education, Emergency Medicine
  • Student groups: CrimsonEMS, Harvard Undergraduate Synapse Chapter, Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), OCS, Pre-Health Peer Liaison, HUHS Wellness Educators
    • Past: Harvard Undergraduate Synapse Chapter, Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA)
  • Research/Internships: Neuro-ophthalmology research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Stem Cell/Regenerative Medicine research at Schepens Eye Research Institute (MGH), Clinical Research in Ophthalmology, Healthcare Access/Health Policy research at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: sdemby@college.harvard.edu

Sadia Demby

Student Ambassador

    • Concentration: Social Anthropology
    • Secondary: Global Health and Health Policy
    • Year: Senior
    • House: Kirkland
    My name is Sadia and I am a senior in Kirkland House concentrating in Social Anthropology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but raised both in the United States and in Southern Africa. My academic interests lie at the intersection of urban studies, medical anthropology, and global health, with my senior thesis focusing on care networks for women in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Outside of class, I love playing guitar, traveling, and watching sports tournaments. 
    • Areas of Interests in Global Health: Social medicine, medical anthropology, health and social justice, and health system strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Student groups: Partners in Health Engage, HealthPals, IOP Health Policy
    • Research/Internships: PEPFAR (Johannesburg), Office of Global Affairs, HHS (Washington, DC), Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Senior thesis research (Freetown, Sierra Leone)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: huongle@college.harvard.edu

Huong Le

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: Neuroscience
  • Secondary: Global Health and Health Policy
  • Year: Senior
  • House: Kirkland
Hi everyone! My name is Huong, and I'm a senior in Kirkland House concentrating in Neuroscience (Mind, Brain, Behavior Track), with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I was born and raised in Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. five years ago with my family, and since, have been calling the Bay Area home. I am interested in bridging global mental health access in underserved communities around the world and working to reduce social stigma related to care seeking experiences. After graduation, I hope to perform field research in underprivileged communities to help address these disparities before going to medical school. On campus, I am currently working in a research lab investigating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Outside of SAC, I am super involved in the Harvard FIMRC chapter, serve as a Peer Advising Fellow, and volunteer as a student advocate for patients at Boston Children's Hospital. In my freetime, I enjoy dancing, documenting my thoughts and life through videography, and making wellness content on social media. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions and concerns about global health, getting involved in extracurriculars and research on campus, and being pre-med at Harvard. 
  • Areas of Interests in Global Health: Global mental health, Rights to health advocacy, Child and maternal health, Immigrant and refugee health accessibility, Healthcare equity
  • Student groups: Foundation of International Medical  of Children, Advocate Success for Kids (ASK), Crimson Care Collaborative, Harvard College in Asia Program, Asian American Dance Troupe
  • Research/Internships: Neuroscience Research at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: ruhinayak@college.harvard.edu

Ruhi Nayak

Student Ambassador

  • 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

Student Ambassador

  • 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
  • Student groups: Harvard UNICEF, Wellness Educators, Chinatown Citizenship, Teaching (Chem 17, ES 53, Math 21a), Peer Concentration Advising
  • Research/Internships: Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: jennifersu@college.harvard.edu

Jennifer Su

Student Ambassador

  • Concentration: History of Science
  • Secondary Field: Statistics
  • Year: Sophomore
  • House: Lowell
Hi! My name is Jennifer Su, and I’m a sophomore at Harvard College from Sacramento, California planning to concentrate in Economics with a secondary in Statistics. I’m interested in health policy and health economics, with a particular focus on inequities and the social determinants of health. In my free time, I love to find boba stores, travel, and play music! Please feel free to reach out for a new friend- looking forward to chatting!!
  • Areas of Interests in Global Health: Health Policy, Health Economics
  • Student groups: Harvard Medical Humanities Forum, Women in Medicine, Harvard Buddies, BachSoc, Y2Y, HRMDC, Camp Kesem
  • Research/Internships: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, DHHS Office of Minority Health

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