HGHI Presents the 2022 Burke Global Health Fellows

The Burke Global Health Fellowship program at the Harvard Global Health Institute provides funding for Harvard junior faculty members from across the University for innovative research and curriculum development and teaching in global health. The Fellowships are made possible through the generous support of Harvard alumna Katherine States Burke, AB ’79, and her husband, T. Robert Burke, who established the Burke Fellowship to help launch and advance the careers of promising junior faculty in global health.

We are thrilled and honored to introduce the 2022 Burke Global Health Fellows: 

Crystal North, MD MPH

Dr. Crystal North is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Attending Physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a Burke fellow, Dr. North will research air pollution and lung health in resource-limited settings: understanding the impact of biomass. 

“The Burke Global Health Fellowship is making it possible for me to expand my research from a single site to a regional air quality network and to create collaborative opportunities to study the impact of ambient air pollution on communicable and non-communicable health outcomes among vulnerable populations in Uganda, positioning me at the forefront of global health researchers working to ameliorate the impacts of air pollution on lung health” – Crystal North 

Jocelyn Kelly, PhD

Dr. Jocelyn Kelly is an instructor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Gender, Rights and Resilience (GR2) program. As a Burke fellow, Dr. Kelly will develop an evidence-based intervention to improve human and climate resilience in fragile settings. 

“The Burke Global Health Fellowship gives me a unique chance to expand my research intersection of public health and climate solutions. This support comes at a critical time when the role of women in addressing climate change is being increasingly acknowledged, but there is a gap in identifying successful locally-led solutions. I’m honored to contribute to research at this important intersection of issues, and grateful for the chance to expand my work with our incredible project partners.” – Jocelyn Kelly 

Pooja Chitneni, MD

Dr. Pooja Chitneni is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also an affiliated researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. As a Burke fellow, Dr. Chitneni will develop an STI partner notification services delivery intervention in southwestern, rural Uganda. 

“I am thrilled to be the recipient of a 2022 Burke Global Health Fellowship. This fellowship support will allow me to pursue research related to global STI care and prevention which is a relatively understudied and under-funded area. This award would allow me to focus specifically on STI partner notification to develop a novel STI partner notification services delivery intervention which I would then be able to further develop and test in the future, thus launching my career as an expert in STI care and prevention in resource-limited settings.” – Pooja Chitneni

Zahir Kanjee MD, MPH 

Dr. Zahir Kanjee is a hospitalist and firm chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a Burke fellow, Dr. Kanjee will develop a Professional Development Course for Medical Students for the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda 

“By developing, implementing, and studying this curriculum, I hope to make a lasting impact on health professional education in Rwanda and beyond. The Burke Fellowship will allow me to continue to work and innovate at the intersection of my two greatest professional passions: global health and medical education.” – Zahir Kanjee 

To learn more about our 2021 Burke Fellows, including their full bios and project descriptions, please click here.


Cambridge, MA – The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) has announced five Burke Global Health Fellowships for 2020-21. The Fellowship, made possible by Harvard alumna Katherine States Burke, AB ’79, and her husband T. Robert Burke, supports the global health research and training efforts of Harvard junior faculty. The Burke Global Health Fellowship serves as a career catalyst, coming at a critical juncture in faculty’s academic development. A Burke Fellowship gives some of Harvard’s most impactful junior faculty the freedom to focus on important work that will transform global health.

Since its start in 2009, the Burke Fellowship has supported 38 Harvard junior faculty at pivotal stages of their careers. Applicants across disciplines apply for one-year research or curriculum development awards, worth up to $75,000 or $25,000, respectively. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of established Harvard global health faculty and leaders. Previous recipients have been promoted to tenured faculty and have received key research independence and career development awards from the NIH. A full list of the current and past Burke Fellowship recipients can be found here.

The 2020 Burke Global Health fellows are:

Adeline A. Boatin, MD, MP

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Matthew Bonds, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and co-founder & scientific director of PIVOT

Dhruv S. Kazi, MD, MSc, MS

Associate Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dylan Tierney, MD, MPH

Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity and the Division of Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“The Burke Global Health Fellowship provides critical support for some of the most talented junior faculty at Harvard, providing them an opportunity to pursue work that will improve global health at a critical juncture in their career. This year’s awardees span a broad range of critical issues, from addressing the critical needs of obstetrical care in sub-Saharan Africa, and improving one of the most under-resourced health systems in the world, through work in Madagascar, to addressing the impact of climate change on Mumbai’s health system, designing an intervention to improve outcomes among critically ill patients in low-income nations, and developing innovative approaches to facilitate the delivery of high-quality TB care for people in Lima, Peru. This fellowship provides a platform for these innovative scholars, who come from a range of institutions across Harvard, and who provide important insights about the ways to move forward on critical global health issues. This work would not be possible without the generous and ongoing support of Kathy and Bob Burke, whose commitment to the long-term improvement of global public health through investments in our most promising faculty is hard to overstate. We are so deeply grateful for their support of these scholars,” said HGHI Associate Faculty Director, Ingrid Katz.

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