Our Students

Our current students (alphabetically)

meSHAYNA ADAMS is a 2014 graduate of The State University of New York at Albany, where she majored in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology. She is now an MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology.  Her background includes many classes related to the brain and mental disorders, which sparked her interest in pursuing a career in clinical trials.  More specifically, she would like to work in the field of cognitive impairments and mental disorders. She is looking forward to the opportunities that the Pharmaceutical Program will provide her.


ALEXIS ANDERSON is Project Administrator at the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD) at Boston University. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University. She is currently pursuing her MPH in Global Health. Ms. Anderson serves as the Project Administrator for studies in South Africa that assess linkages, retentions, and outcomes in HIV and TB care and treatment, service delivery models and treatment guidelines, cost and budget modeling, and sexual and reproductive health among women, adolescents, and men. Before joining the CGHD, Ms. Anderson was an intern at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, in Geneva Switzerland. She assisted in the 2013 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chance in Warsaw, Poland. She also interned at the Institute of International & European Affairs in Dublin, Ireland.


RACHEL ANNESE is a current MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2015 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology. Her ultimate goal is to increase the quality of life in individuals suffering with debilitating chronic illnesses such as cancer. The pharmaceuticals program along with my other BUSPH classes will give her the tools necessary to make this dream a reality. She is excited to broaden my knowledge in the public health field through the pharmaceuticals program.


SPENCER BARD is an Epidemiology concentrator (’17) from Tennessee interested in infectious disease surveillance and response. Upon graduating from BUSPH he plans to join the Peace Corps in Central America through the Master’s International program where he would like to identify gaps in provision of care and determine methods to increase adherence to preventive measures. In the future he hopes to work internationally in access to care relating to vaccine-preventable disease. He has been a lifetime swimmer up to and through the university level and is passionate about health and fitness- when he is not at class or studying, you can find him training and racing with the BU Triathlon Team or working with personal training clients at FitRec.


CAROLYN BISSEX is a 2014 graduate of Connecticut College where she earned her B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience. Prior to coming to BUSPH, she spent a year serving with AmeriCorps at a VA Hospital, focusing on mental health programs, community outreach, and psychosocial rehabilitation. Carolyn is a current MPH candidate concentrating in Health Policy and Management. Through the Pharmaceuticals Program, she hopes to combine knowledge about health care delivery policies with issues that are unique to the pharmaceutical industry. Specific interests include delivery of physical and mental health care, regulation of prescription drugs, and health care concerns that are specific to the Veteran community.


SARAH BLEICHER is originally from Iowa, but has called Boston home for over 6 years now! She is a graduate of Boston College where she studied linguistics, international studies, and a variety of science courses. She is an MPH candidate with a concentration in global health. Past experience includes teaching, English, working at a refugee resettlement agency in Boston, and working as a nurse aide at a children’s hospital in Boston. She is passionate about underserved populations both in the US and abroad, especially children, the homeless, and those with special needs. She is also interested in access to medicine, vaccine development, and the economics and ethics of the healthcare industry.


NIKOLINA BOSKOVIC is a current MPH student concentrating in Global Health. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University in North Carolina with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Gender Communications. Her interests include malnutrition, reproductive rights, and the development and distribution of treatments and vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. Through the Pharmaceuticals program, Nikolina hopes to learn about barriers to access, vaccine development, and project management. Outside of her global health interests, Nikolina enjoys attending concerts, rock climbing, and playing the ukulele. She hopes to apply her experiences in the Pharmaceuticals program to her upcoming Peace Corps experience.


picKATIANA CALZADILLA is a part-time MPH student concentrating in Epidemiology.  She works in Pharmacovigilance at a small biotechnology company in Cambridge developing treatments for leukemia and lymphoma.  In her spare time she enjoys  running, skiing, tennis, and spending time with family & friends.




2013-10-12 09.24.56LIANG CHEN graduated from medical school in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China and went on to pass the United States Medical Licensing Exam. Liang is the founder of a company in Shanghai specializing in American medical education. Liang wrote a book about internal medicine clerkship with a Brigham Women’s top resident and is interested in pharmaceutical industry, which may be a great track to explore.


59951_1389863558674_1594650046_30862814_4305942_nMICHELLE COUGHLIN graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience.  After graduating, she interned at a small clinic in Hohoe, Ghana.  Her position involved both direct patient care and educational/prevention strategy planning with local health care personnel.  She then moved to Mae Sot, Thailand, where she worked with an NGO as the Trauma Management Program Intern.  For the past two years she has been working as a phlebotomist. She is interested in infectious disease prevention and vaccine-preventable diseases and hopes to pursue further education which will provide her with the skills needed in her future career to provide care, education and preventative solutions to populations in developing countries.

Erin Ellwanger graduated from Providence College in May 2013 with a major in Health Policy & Management. While attending college, Erin worked at the Rhode Island State House in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office as a policy analyst intern during the early days of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. After graduating, she joined the consulting team at Boston Healthcare Associates (BHA). At BHA, she conducted primary and secondary research and analysis for biopharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies in clinical areas including infectious disease, oncology, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. She was a member of BHA’s Public Policy Committee tasked with monitoring, researching and writing about health policy issues. She currently works at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as an administrative coordinator for the Chief of Gastroenterology while pursuing a Masters of Public Health at BUSPH, concentrating in Health Policy and Management with an emphasis on policy.

1488170_10201189065188827_550354485_nCATHERINE ELSIER is a 2014 graduate from UMass Amherst with a BS in Public Health. As an undergraduate she was able to intern with the Worcester Division of Public Health. She is currently pursuing her MPH at BUSPH as an Epidemiology concentrator. Catherine is interested in infectious diseases and vaccines and after graduation hopes to work in infectious disease prevention. She is excited to learn more about the role pharmaceuticals play in public health and the experiences the pharmaceuticals program will provide.


MEGAN FARQUAR is currently pursing an MPH degree in Health Policy and Management from the Boston University School of Public Health. She has a strong interest in the role pharmaceuticals play in public health, both in the US and globally. Her previous work experience includes working as a health economics research assistant at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at Tufts Medical Center. Megan currently works as a key reviewer and analyst of cost-effectiveness analyses for the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Registry (www.cearegistry.org), a large database of cost per QALY studies. She is also a reviewer and analyst for a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build a single comprehensive electronic database of cost per DALY studies, focused on low and middle income countries. Megan received her BA in Biology from Wake Forest University with a minor in Health Policy and Administration. She was the Award Recipient for the Health Policy Graduate of the Year, which she received in May 2013 from the Wake Forest Department of Economics.

EMILY FOSTER graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Bioengineering, and concentrating in Chemical Engineering. Experienced in both pre-clinical research and in the evaluation of scientific data for publication, Emily is concentrating in Biostatistics at BUSPH with the hopes of pursuing a career in drug development and clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry.

COURTNEY FLYNN is a recent graduate of New York University with a BA degree in Economics and minors in Mathematics and French. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at BUSPH with a dual concentration in Biostatistics and Health Policy and Management. She has had previous work experience with the Segal Company and Aetna’s National Care Management team as a summer associate. As a student in the Pharmaceuticals Program, she looks forward to attending various networking events and informational seminars.

YOLANDA GONZALEZ recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science with Honors. She is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at BUSPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.  As an undergraduate, Yolanda spent a semester studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia where she first developed an interest in Public Health. Yolanda is interested in the management of healthcare services and the economics of the pharmaceutical industry. She hopes to work in consulting within the pharmaceutical industries after graduation and looks forward to the opportunities the Pharmaceutical program will provide her.


ERIKA GUTE is a current Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) student concentrating in Global Health. Prior to BUSPH, She attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Global Development Studies. Erika lived in Toronto, ON for the three years where she worked for Aritzia, a Canadian women’s fashion boutique prior to moving back to Boston. Erika’s focus at Aritzia was in merchandise and required strong operational skills. Erika is currently studying the service delivery track in the Pharmaceuticals Program as a way of better understanding supply-chain management issues particularly as it relates to global health.


MAYA HAYNES is a dual-degree student at Boston University pursuing a BA in sociology and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. Hailing from Washington, D.C, minority and urban empowerment is especially important to her. During her summer working with the American Public Health Association, she provided information about free clinics and free HIV testing for those in low-resource areas. Her background in research and communications stems from her minor in journalism, and her work for the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University as an assistant for the Black Women’s Health Study. Maya is excited to be part of the Pharm program to continue making an impact on minority outcomes across the nation.


XINRAN HUANG graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China with a degree of master of medicine. She spent the past two years doing research with professors, and published two papers at national level. She is interested in data analysis and would like to pursue a career in clinical trials.



YU HUANG is a current MPH candidate with a concentration in Biostatistics. She graduated from Wuhan University with a BS in Applied Chemistry (Biological orientation). Through the pharmaceutical program, she hopes to pursue a career in drug development and clinical trials in pharmaceutical industry.




KRISTIN HUNT is currently pursuing her MPH with a focus on Global Health, and hopes to use this degree to help improve surveillance and prevention of infectious disease. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh in Biological Sciences, and after graduating worked as a research technician in a microbial genetics research lab dealing with ophthalmology pathogens. From this, she gained experience in academic research, and developed a passion for the study of infectious diseases and the burden they place on society. She also felt a strong pull towards working to strengthen service delivery programs for international populations who may not have access to the resources they need to diagnose, control, and prevent these diseases. Through the Pharmaceuticals Program, she wants to learn more about what prevents under-served international populations from gaining access to the pharmaceutical treatments they need, and successful strategies to reduce barriers to access.

STEVE JANG graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology and the public health field has been a growing interest. From his experience as a project supervisor in international community development, he saw the impact and fascination various public health projects have in the community and its people. Thus, he thought the greatest positive impact he can make to his community and society was through public health policy and this began his public health path and led to Boston University. As his interest in the public health field grew, one key thing he learned was the influence and impact the pharmaceutical companies have in public health policies. Their abilities to impede certain policies and directly affect individual health and medication are astonishing and demand raised awareness of their structures and systems. This is the reason why he chose to follow the pharmaceutical certificate.


CHELSEA JENSEN holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wartburg College with a double major in International Relations and Spanish, and a minor in Intercultural Studies.  She worked as a bilingual Clinical Assistant at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland where she delivered passionate service to the men and women seeking reproductive health services.  Chelsea worked as a Clinical Research Associate where she conducted and reported on Site Initiation Visits (SIVs), Interim Monitoring Visits (IMVs) and Close-out visits on phase 2 and 3 immuno-oncology multi-site clinical trials for pancreatic, melanoma and lung cancer.  She enthusiastically represented the company in their clinical booth at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference. As a Global Health concentrator in the MPH program, Chelsea plans to expand market access of reproductive and other essential pharmaceuticals in developing countries.


241668_10152431350635344_1449764081_oKRISANDRA KNEER graduated from Boston University’s Sargent College with a BS degree in Human Physiology. During her undergraduate career Krisandra began working at BU’s Slone Epidemiology Center as a research assistant. Prior to graduation she was offered a full-time position as a Psychometrist for the CALLS study at Slone, a position she still holds today, which consists of traveling the country to collect data from study subjects through adolescent psychometric testing. She is pursing her MPH in Global Health as a part time student and hopes to go onto medical school to become a psychiatrist and address the need for mental health interventions in developing countries.


cooperSERAFINA LALANY is a Health Policy and Management concentrator with an interest in finance, and she is keen on understanding the intricacies of one of the largest industries on earth. The evolving landscape of the health field mark this as an especially opportune time to delve into centering patient’s voice in the development process of pharmaceuticals, calculating mark-ups controlling costs through increased transparency and integration of technology, and regulating Medicare Plan D coverage in order to efficiently confront the “donut hole” that plagues health consumers with chronic conditions. In the past, Serafina has interned with USAID’s sector in South Africa in efforts to inform the restructure of the national health care system by designing and conducting a rigorous, in-community health surveillance project regarding diabetes. After obtaining her MPH, Serafina hopes to improve patient-centered outcomes within the industry through the lens of public health.


Barbara LaLonde bioBarbara LaLonde is a Registered Dental Hygienist with Local anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide permits licensed to practice in both Michigan and Massachusetts. Additionally, she is a Certified Dental Assistant. She is presently employed with Fenway Health, the domestic leader in healthcare, education, research, and advocacy in the LGBTQ community. She has been a prevention specialist in private clinical practice since 2001 and an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association for 15 consecutive  years. She has held executive board positions on the state level for The Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association and on the local level for The Oakland County Dental Hygienists’ Association. In 2005, she was honored as Dental Hygienist of the Year: Oakland District. She was peer nominated to represent the state of Michigan as 2014 Delegate to the national dental hygiene convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. LaLonde earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2004. Currently, she is enrolled in the Boston University School of Public Health as a Global Health concentrator with an emphasis in Infectious Disease. Concurrently, she is pursuing a Pharmaceuticals Certificate at Boston University. Her career goals are on track toward international hospital infection control and healthcare worker immunizations. She proudly resides in Boston with her adult daughter and pet Miniature Schnauzer. Seasonally, she enjoys golfing and snowboarding.

CHIA-YING LIN is currently a MPH candidate with a concentration in global health. Prior to moving to Boston, she has been working for a global media agency and Siemens in Germany, and attended a Swiss business school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and literatures from National Taiwan University, and has also initiated an educational project in rural Myanmar, and developed a strategy on “social marketing for water” in Uganda. She not only has a special interest in access to medicine, pharmaceutical system strengthening and supply chain, but also digital health and healthcare innovations, and has been attending hackathons to practice building business models and innovative ideas for healthcare. When she was living in Frankfurt, she has been hosting design-thinking (human-centered design) workshops for social entrepreneurs to solve their challenges.


LAKSHMI MADDALI previously graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is very excited to be a part of the program. She is  currently concentrating in biostatistics and hope to work in the pharmaceutical industry possibly managing data.



NDINDAM NDIWANE graduated from Umass Amherst in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health and a minor in biology. After graduating, he worked for a year at Partners Healthcare at in Waltham as a documentation associate. He is currently pursuing a MPH degree at BUSPH with a concentration in epidemiology. What drew him to the pharmaceuticals program was how he could choose a track of courses that would give him experience in what he wanted to do after graduation. He is interested in drug discovery and development and is looking forward to taking classes in this aspect of pharmaceuticals.



AYOBAMI OLANREWAJU graduated from medical school in Nigeria in 2011. He worked as a medical officer in a pediatric hospital in southwestern Nigeria for two years before moving on to obtain an Msc. degree in Tropical Paediatrics at the University of Liverpool (2014). In Nigeria, vaccine preventable diseases still account for the majority of childhood deaths, and Nigeria is one of only three countries in the world that are yet to fully eradicate Polio. He is constantly driven to improve his understanding and practice of public health, so that he can ultimately be in a position where he can make a difference in improving the health indices in Nigeria. He is especially interested in vaccine preventable diseases, vaccine development and clinical research. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, playing the piano and meeting people.


SANDY PABLA recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Business Administration. She is now pursuing her MPH in Health Policy and Management. Her background includes a diverse collection of experiences from refugee health, retail pharmacy, to cost-effectiveness intervention research and experience in the academic technology transfer realm. She is very excited to explore new interests with the Pharmaceuticals program including pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical policy issues.


BRAD PADILLA is a graduate from the University of Alabama where he received his BS in biology. He is pursuing a Master of Public health with a concentration in Epidemiology. He looks forward to the opportunity to combine interests in epidemiology, biostatistics, and pharmaceuticals following his time at the Boston University. Brad is interested more specifically in pharmacovigilance and clinical trials, interested in focusing on the safety of medicines and increasing medicines benefits.

HATEL PATEL is an epidemiology concentrator at BUSPH. She got her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Her hobbies include dancing and reviewing books.




BHANU PRAKASH is currently pursuing an MPH in health policy and management. He completed his Pharm D from Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India and completed his internship in BGS Global Hospitals as a clinical pharmacist. During his undergraduate he worked on a project “Drug Interactions and Quality Of Life in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease” for 6 months. He is concurrently doing a certificate course in the Pharmaceuticals Program in BUSPH along with his MPH. He is very much interested in the pharmaceuticals industry where he wants to use his combined skills he attained during his undergraduate and his graduate MPH degree. His favorite pastimes include traveling.

PRIYANKA KONDURU SUBRAMANI RAJU is a student at BUSPH concentrating in Global Health. She has completed her Pharm.D at the undergraduate level and interned as a clinical pharmacist in a tertiary care hospital in India. While she worked as an intern she acquired skills such as drug interaction monitoring, ADR reporting, in prescription auditing, and medication management and ward round participation along with doctors. Apart from this, she worked on a project for 6 months which is management of anemia in chronic kidney disease patients. Additionally, she has volunteered for many organizations. Her extracurricular activities include organizing events.


IMG_2115ALANNA RASKIN  is a current undergraduate in the BS/MPH 4+1 program at Boston University Sargent College/School of Public Health. Alanna is pursuing a B.S. in Health Science and a MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology. She would like to pursue a career in infectious diseases and vaccines. Upon graduation, Alanna hopes to conduct research in public health and the effects that pharmaceuticals have once they are in public circulation. Currently, Alanna is a research assistant in the School of Medicine working with Dr. Rhoda Au in the Brain Injury Research Network.

imageCATHERINE ROMAN works in the pharmaceutical industry as a Senior Executive Hospital Representative. The evolving healthcare landscape is dramatically affecting how industry approaches the marketplace and she is interested in the new strategies that will be developed to meet these changes. Her areas of interest are the new value propositions that hospitals have identified, evaluating economic outcomes, evolving CMS reimbursements and how these tie in with population health. Her concentration is Health Law and Bioethics and she is interested in studying these areas with the lens of what is ethically correct for patient care.

KAYLEIGH SANDHU is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University, where she earned a B.A. in Applied Anthropology with a focus on Biological Archaeology. During her undergraduate career she had the opportunity to assist with research on the paleopathology of treponematosis, in addition to investigating the incidence of pellagra-related deaths in a historic cemetery population from the former Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum. Both projects lead her to choose the Epidemiology concentration at BUSPH, where she could potentially make a difference for a more lively population. Kayleigh aims to pursue a career in infectious disease investigation and control for both vaccine-preventable and non vaccine-preventable diseases.


SRAWANI SARKER graduated from MS Ramaiah Medical School, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. After graduation she worked as a medical officer in a hospital. Presently she is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at Boston University concentrating in Epidemiology.


SamanthaStraitzHeadshotSAMANTHA STRAITZ  is a 4+1 MPH candidate at Boston University where she will be graduating with degrees in Economics and International Relations and concentrating in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at BUSPH.  She is currently interning with Innovations for Poverty Action to implement financial products based on behavioral economics to aid low-middle income households build assets and achieve financial resiliency.  Samantha plans to pursue a career empowering underserved populations to gain access to health services via culturally appropriate methods by developing innovative strategies in project design, monitoring, and evaluation.  Additionally, she is interested in examining the financing challenges facing transitional countries in the pharmaceuticals industry and working to make drugs a more financially feasible and accessible option for disadvantaged citizens around the globe.

NAUREEN SYED was born in raised in Fort Worth, Texas and received a B.S. degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington. She found her passion for public health while taking a class in Medical Anthropology, a course she took to complete her minor in Anthropology. She came to Boston University not only to pursue her MPH degree, but to also immerse herself into the amazing city of Boston. She hopes to improve access to vaccines and vital medications around the world, as well as create more avenues for quality healthcare.


CATHERINE TONG graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological IMG_2031 (2)Sciences and Animal Science. Switching gears from the pre-vet to public health track after graduation, she spent time volunteering at the City of Berkeley, Ann Chandler Public Health before moving to Boston. She is currently an MPH candidate in Global Health and is looking to use her academic background to further her interest in zoonotic/infectious disease control. Outside of school, she works part-time at the Boston Medical Center with Dr. Robert Saper in the Department of Family/Integrative Medicine, and also spends her time practicing taekwondo and hapkido.


DSC01914YUXIN TONG was born and raised in China, Beijing, and attended Fudan University, majoring in biology. She has experience in several areas, including organizing exhibitions, conducting and performing on campus musical shows, and on campus musical advertising. She plans to pursue a pharmaceutical career in the future and is specifically interested in Chinese issues.


NATHAN TRAN is from San Diego, California. He studied Health and Human Sciences in college and arrived to BUSPH with over four years of sales experience. His interest in public health are in innovations to health care delivery in the telehealth industry, pharmaceutical monitoring, and intellectual property and health outcomes.



KRISTEN TURPIN graduated from Stonehill College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Health Science and a minor in Healthcare Administration.  After working for two years at Boston Children’s Hospital she decided to pursue a Master of Public Health degree at Boston University School of Public Health.  Kristen’s concentration is Global Health, and she has an interest in creating sustainable solutions that promote access to pharmaceuticals.


CHIRAG VYAS is a medical graduate with vast clinical as well as research experience in the field of medicine and public health. He is an epidemiology concentrator and also working on clinical trials projects at Boston Medical Center.  He was a clinical medicine student at Harvard Medical School and also undergone various research projects at University of Louisville and  medical school. He wants to procure my career in the clinical trials as an investigator.

LINDSAY WHITE  is a current MPH candidate concentrating in Global Health with a focus in health program management. She recently graduated from The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is interested in pursuing a career working with service delivery and access-based programs. Previously, Lindsay has worked with Child Family Health International in Cape Town, South Africa and hopes to continue working internationally. She is excited to learn more about pharmaceutical development and service delivery through the pharmaceuticals program.

WENJUN XIONG  is a MPH Candidate at Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration of Global Health. With a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy, her passion is to help shape the biopharmaceutical industry and the healthcare landscape using data from primary research to identify opportunities and develop strategies (consulting) for organizational growth and improvement.