2017-2018 Postdocs

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Mary CroMary Crocker Headshotcker, MD, MPH






Matthew Mathew_PainschabPainschab, MD will spend his fellowship year at UNC Project-Malawi in Lilongwe under the mentorship of Satish Gopal, MD, MPH. His research will focus on the cost, safety, and effi-cacy of adding rituximab to standard CHOP chemotherapy for the treatment of diffuse large B cell lymphoma in a developing world setting. Dr. Painschab received his MD from Wash-ington University in St. Louis and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a former Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar, during which time he showed an association between inhalation of biomass fuel smoke and heart disease in Puno, Peru (2010-2011). He hopes to use the skills learned during his Fogarty Fellowship to pre-pare himself for a career in the implementation science and health economics of cancer care in the developing world.


Amy HuberAmy Huber, PhD will spend her fellowship year at Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) in Johannesburg under the mentorship of Carla Chibwesha, MD, MSc, Matthew Fox, DSc, MPH and Audrey Pettifor, PhD. Her research will focus on tracking transfers and lost-to-follow-up HIV-infected individuals through the South African National Health Laboratory Service Database.
Dr. Huber is an Epidemiologist at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office with 10 years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa utilizing her expertise in study design, data management, and statistical analysis. She has conducted research in interdisci-plinary teams to conduct surveys, and clinical and community trials focused primarily on HIV prevention strategies and adherence to HIV medication in low-resource settings. Dr. Huber holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University, a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to becoming an epidemiologist, Ms. Huber spent two years with Peace Corps Swazi-land educating rural communities about HIV. Ms. Huber’s research experience and interests include: HIV and chronic disease, retention in HIV care, spatial distribution of health, and technology-based health solutions.



Lindsay Underhill will spend her fellowship year at A.B PRISMA in Puno under the mentorship of William Checkley, MD, PhD, and Stella Hartinger, PhD. Her research will focus on epige-netic mediation of the exposure response relationship between household air pollution and low birthweight in low-resource communities in Peru. Ms. Underhill is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her defense is scheduled prior to departure to the field in Fall 2017. Her dissertation research is focused on the differential impacts of housing interven-tions, such as energy-retrofits, on indoor air quality and health across diverse urban popula-tions. Her proposed study will be nested within a multi-site, randomized controlled field inter-vention trial of LPG stove and fuel distribution


LMIC Postdoctora Trainees

Akshay_GupteAkshay Gupte, MBBS, MPSH will spend his fellowship year at BJ Medical College in Pune, India, under the mentorship of Amita Gupta, MD, MHS and Vidya Mave, MD DTM. His research will focus on studying drivers of pulmonary impairment in TB patients at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College (BJMC), India.
Many TB patients have residual respiratory impairment despite treatment and are at in-creased risk of chronic lung diseases and disability. As a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Dr. Gupte is leading an Indo-US collabora-tive study to explore mechanisms of lung injury and identify TB patients who are most like-ly to develop chronic lung diseases in the future. Dr. Gupte received his Medical degree from India and a Master of Public Health degree from JHSPH. His current research interests include studying the impact of TB, HIV and Diabetes on lung health of populations and exploring host directed therapies to limit pulmo-nary injury.


Juan_SanchezJuan Sanchez, MD, MSc will spend his fellowship year at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima under the mentorship Willy Lescano, PhD and Robert H. Gilman, MD. His research will focus on cognitive and neurological development in children born from arbovirus-positive mothers. Dr. Sanchez received his MD degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in 2004. He also obtained his MSc degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from UPCH in 2010. Currently, he is enrolled in a PhD program in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). His main areas of interest are vector-borne diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis and arboviruses.



Chifundo Zimba, PhD will spend her fellowship year at the UNC Project -Malawi in Lilongwe under the mentorship of Nora Rosenberg, PhD and Benjamin H. Chi, MD, MSc. Her research will focus on assessing the impact of using the HIV Diagnostic Assistants (HDAs) to improve identification and testing of the HIV exposed infants in Malawi.
She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nurs-ing in May 2016 where she studied multiple case studies on how support strategies such as training and technical assistance were used to implement new guidelines to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV in Malawi. Dr. Zimba hopes to continue exploring systems’ factors that may affect implementation of maternal and child health care policies to prevent vertical transmission of HIV in Malawi and globally.