U.S. Postdoctoral Fellows
Sarah-Blythe Ballard, MD, MPH, a naval flight surgeon, is currently finishing her PhD in international health from Johns Hopkins University. She is in Lima, Peru studying the characteristics of norovirus infection in children under five-years-old at the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Nino. Under the mentorship if Robert Gilman she is conducting her research through the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and NAMRU-6 Facility in Iquitos; both are UJMT FGHF affiliated training sites.
Allen C. Bateman, PhD, MPH, is working in Lusaka, Zambia at the Center for infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). He will investigate cervical cancer under the direction of on-site mentors Benjamin Chi, Groesbeck Parham and U.S. based mentor Dirk Dittmer at UNC. He received his doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison (2010) in epidemiology and molecular virology. He is funded by a supplement from the NIH National Cancer Institute.
Laura Boschini, MD, M.A. is a third-year resident in the UNC department of surgery. She is currently in Lilongwe, Malawi at the UNC Project-Malawi working under the direction of Mina Hosseinipour, M.D. and Anthony G. Charles. William C. Miller is acting as her U.S. based mentor. Her project is a geography-based strategy for injury prevention in Lilongwe, Malawi using the trauma surveillance registry and GIS mapping at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
Jeong Choi, MD, is currently earning a master’s of public health from Johns Hopkins University and studying Chagas cardiomyopathy at the Universidad Catolica in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The Bolivian training site opportunity is linked through Johns Hopkins’ affiliation with the NGO AB PRISMA in Lima, Peru. He is under the mentorship of Robert Gilman and Jorge Flores. He is funded by a supplement from the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, a UNC trained medical-oncologist and infectious diseases specialist, is currently in Lilongwe, Malawi at the UNC Project-Malawi working with Mina Hossienipour on-site, and Tom Shea at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC. He will investigate lymphoma in a clinical cohort at Kamuzu Central Hospital. He is funded by a supplement from the NIH National Cancer Institute.
Evelyn Hsieh, MD, MPH, is a rheumatologist who has traveled to Beijing, China to work at the Cancer Institute at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. She will work with You-Lin Qiao to study osteoporosis in women with breast cancer. Dr. Hsieh was recruited from Yale University where she is a doctoral candidate in investigative medicine. She is funded by a supplement from the NIH National Cancer Institute
Nora E. Rosenberg, PhD, is a postdoctoral trainee in STDs and HIV funded through a NIH Training Grant (T32) in the department of epidemiology at UNC. She has received the UJMT FGHF travel and research award to spend 11 months in Lilongwe, Malawi, working with Mina Hosseinipour building on an existing HIV care and treatment registry. Her award is funded through the NIH Office of AIDS Research.
Sheree Schwartz, PhD, is an epidemiologist trained at Johns Hopkins. She is interested in safer conception interventions for HIV-positive individuals and working with couples who are affected by the disease. Her primary mentor is Ian Sanne at the Clinical HIV Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her U.S. based mentors at UNC are Audrey Pettifor and Gretchen Stuart.
Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR, is an obstetrician-gynecologist junior faculty member at UNC. She recently completed a fellowship in family planning under the mentorship of David Grimes and Gretchen Stuart. She is working with Jeff Wilkinson in Lilongwe, Malawi to study family planning choices in women with obstetric fistula at the Freedom from Fistula Foundation facility at Bwaila Hospital affiliated with UNC Project-Malawi. She is funded by a supplement from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health.
Carrie Tudor, PhD, MPH, recently received her doctorate in nursing from Johns Hopkins University where Jonathan Golub acts as her U.S.-based mentor for this fellowship. She will travel to Durban, South Africa to work with Martie Van Der Walt at the South African Medical Research Council. She will study TB and HIV co-infection in South African health workers.
Michael Vinikoor, MD, will transition from an infectious diseases fellowship to conduct research in Lusaka, Zambia at CIDRZ. He will work with on-site mentors, Benjamin Chi and Carolyn Bolton, and continue to work under the direction of Joseph Eron at UNC. The focus of his work is HIV and hepatitis co-infection. He is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics and is board eligible in infectious diseases as of 2012.
Postdoctoral Fellows from Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Yohannie Mlombe, MBBS, MMED, currently at UNC Project-Malawi, earned his medical degree from the University of Malawi College of Medicine and studied internal medicine at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In 2010 he completed a one-year fellowship studying hematology-oncology at the University of Free State in South Africa. He currently holds a faculty position at the University of Malawi in the department of pathology. His FGHF research project will evaluate risk factors for esophageal cancer in a Malawian cohort. His UNC Project-Malawi, on-site mentors are Mina Hosseinipour and John Chisi, and his U.S.-based mentor at UNC is head and neck surgeon Carol Shores. He is funded by a supplement from the NIH Office of AIDS Research.
Rosana Poggio, MD, MSc, is a trained cardiologist who lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a junior researcher at the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness Research and a trainee at the South American Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular Health. She will work under the direction of Jiang He of Tulane University on cardiovascular disease risk factors in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
Karina Romero, MD, MSc, is a research associate at Asociacion Beneficia PRISMA, which is a Peruvian NGO dedicated to improving the quality of life of families in extreme poverty. She is also a trainee at the Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH); both organizations are in Lima, Peru. She is studying asthma control in obese and non-obese children. William Checkley of Johns Hopkins University is her U.S.-based mentor and Jaime Miranda is her on-site mentor at UPCH.