Meet the Fellows
Rachel Bonawitz, MD has extensive experience performing clinical research in Ghana and Botswana. As a former Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, she explored HAART utilization in hospitalized patients at Princess Marina Hospital, Botswana. She is currently studying epidemiology and biostatistics while obtaining her MSc in epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She plans to pursue an applied research project examining health systems strengthening for HIV/AIDS programming in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mei Elansary, MD, MPhil is a Pediatric Global Health Research Fellow at Boston University’s Center for Global Health and Development. Dr. Elansary has previously worked in Egypt and Indonesia. In 2004-2005 she worked for the Population Council’s West Asia and North Africa Regional Branch in Cairo where she focused on interventions to improve health and social outcomes among rural girls. She completed an MPhil in Medical Anthropology and studied the medicalization of female genital mutilation in Egypt. During her medical training, she conducted research in Indonesia on healthcare utilization and illness beliefs among the rural poor who live in the threatened rain forests of Borneo. She has also been active in global health education reform, and led an initiative to create a national curriculum for global health ethics training for medical students through the American Medical Student Association. Her current research interests include community-based interventions to improve newborn and child health. Mei is fluent in Arabic, French, and Indonesian. She is currently completing her clinical training in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. She holds a medical degree from Yale University, an MPhil degree in Medical Anthropology from Oxford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and the Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.
Julie Herlihy, MD MPH.
Rasa Izadnegahdar, MD MPH. Currently a Program Officer at the Gates Foundation.