Our Students

Our current students (alphabetically)

IMG_6146ERIKA ALVAREZ graduated with a B.S. degree in Bioengineering Pre-Medical from the University of California, San Diego and is now an Epidemiology Concentrator at BUSPH. Prior to attending BU, she worked as a research associate in a cardiovascular physiology core laboratory at the UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology for three years. She was involved in analyzing hemodynamic and echocardiographic data within various heart disease models including hypertrophy, myocardial infarction, and ischemia reperfusion. I was also responsible for basic statistical analyses and presenting data to collaborators. During her time at BUSPH, Erika hopes to gain valuable experience and knowledge in the field of public health, especially among the numerous opportunities within Boston. She hopes to use her practicum to obtain hands on experience in the public health field and the pharmaceuticals industry.

002ALISON ANGER is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a Specialization in African Studies. After several study abroad trips to Tanzania, she identified a passion for international public health. After gaining experience in different clinical settings in Tanzania she realized that she would like to work with HIV/AIDS patients, especially the care of mothers and infants. She is particularly interested in the development of new treatments – which led her to the Pharmaceutical Program at BU. she has a unique skill set, combined with a proficiency in Swahili, that she would like to utilize in the service delivery field. She recently become interested in Supply Chain Management and is seeking any opportunities to gain experience in this growing field.

Carrie Photo (2)CARRIE BARBO was first introduced to the biotech industry working as a seasonal laboratory technician as a teenager and has been interested in careers focused on promoting health ever since. After graduating from Boston College in 2008 with a BA in History and International Affairs, she spent five years in Washington, DC backstopping HIV prevention programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Carrie is now pursuing her MPH at the BUSPH, concentrating in International Health. Upon completion of her MPH, she hopes to work in the field of infectious disease prevention and impact mitigation. Professionally, she is interested in HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and treatment and health systems strengthening in developing countries.

KBroecker_HeadshotKATIE BROECKER recently graduated from DePauw University with a BA in Kinesiology: Sports and Exercise Science. She is pursuing her MPH at BUSPH as a dual environmental and international health concentrator, and also enrolled in the Pharmaceuticals program. She is interested in toxicology and nutrition and working in the development of nutritional supplements and interventions, especially for vulnerable populations.


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.




EC_Photo_PharmProgramELIZABETH CAVAGNARO graduated from the University of Rochester in 2010 with a B.A. in Biology and Health and Society. Since graduation, she has been working full-time at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute on a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) post-market drug and medical device safety surveillance program. Elizabeth’s experience at HPHCI has solidified her interest in research and passion for public health. Elizabeth is a part-time MPH candidate with a concentration in biostatistics. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in health services research in the context of pharmaceuticals. Ultimately, she would like to impact the health care by using research methods to help inform drug safety and pharmaceutical policy decisions.

RACHEL CIURYLA is an Epidemiology Concentrator from West Chester, Pennsylvania.  She works part time in the Channing Lab’s Bio-repository at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She is interested in Cancer Epidemiology and Clinical Trials.  In her free time she enjoys snow skiing, hiking, and being outdoors.

PHARMANDREW COHEN graduated with a B.S. in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. He is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health, with an emphasis in Exposure and Risk Assessment. He also plans to earn a PhD in Non-Infectious Epidemiology at BUSPH. Andrew joined the Pharmaceuticals Program to add project management and clinical trial design experience to three years of clinical research experience he completed at UCSB. His research focus was on study design and statistical analysis of results. Andrew co-authored a paper with the Neuroscience Research Institute addressing the association of stem cell prevalence with neuroplasticity. His undergraduate course work focused on psychopharmacology and cognitive psychology, specifically the neurological changes that occur when one uses psychoactives. Prior to attending BUSPH, Andrew served as an Analytical Chemist for Nature Made vitamins. He was credited with advancing pill formulation to improve absorption and developing a more efficient protocol for testing water-soluble vitamin potency. Andrew utilized the Vitamin Angel program at Nature Made to help contribute to LIGA International, The Flying Doctors of Mercy, an organization providing free healthcare services to the disadvantaged citizens of Central and Northern Mexico. At LIGA’s free healthcare clinics, Andrew served as a pharmacy technician. Upon viewing the positive health outcomes resulting from his donations, Andrew became motivated to research pharmaceuticals. His current research analyzes the impact of expanding the use of certain over-the-counter medications on pharmaceutical revenues, patient expenses, and ability to prevent the need for antibiotics and/or hospitalization.

Caitlin CurnynCAITLYN CURNYN graduated from George Washington University where she majored in biology and minored in public health. She has always been very interested in science, but over time she has envisioned herself less in a lab setting and more in the service delivery area of the health field. She feels it is critical to establish a personal connection with the populations she hopes to one day serve. Caitlyn’s past experiences include hematology lab research at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and internships with Strategic Health Care and GAIN in Washington, DC. She is currently working with a professor from George Washington University on a research project about public-private partnerships in global health. Her interests span across the public health realm, but I am most intrigued by infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, and nutrition. Caitlyn is interested in a career in corporate social responsibility, ultimately helping corporations allocate their resources in a sustainable way to aid in development and provide resources to under-served areas.She feels that the Pharmaceuticals Program is a good way to utilize her background in biology while learning about one of the industries that is most critical to public health.

388996_2330708182248_1086030251_32187217_1995489640_n-1PAVITRI DWIVEDI completed her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cellular Biology with a minor in Medical Anthropology. As an incoming MPH student, she was highly interested in concentrating in international health to grasp a stronger understanding of health on a global level. She wanted to solely focus on one path and get all information she needed to become an expert in the field. However, the first pharmaceutical seminar made her realize how little how little she knew about the bridge between public health and pharmaceuticals. Besides enrolling in the Pharmaceuticals Program, she decided to take more Epidemiology and pharmaceutical focused courses. Her course background in both International Health and Epidemiology were extremely useful during my practicum in Mumbai, India this summer. She had a wonderful opportunity to visit NGOs, ART centers, and go on official tours at government hospitals. She was able to understand the supply chain and adherence to ART among HIV/AIDS population in the slums from both a global and pharm perspective. Pavitri’s diverse coursework also helped her conduct a cross sectional study design to assess the impact of HIV disclosure in infected and affected children of PLWH families. She believes the pharmaceutical program has definitely been a bonus to her experience at BUSPH. After graduating in May 2014, she hopes to pursue career in service delivery sector to enhance my knowledge and understanding on a global scale.

SAM_2335CATHERINE EMMONS graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a BS in Exercise Science and Biology. While completing her degree, she was involved in nutrition research at the University of Connecticut and San Diego State University. Another experience she pursued involved research at the Mandell Multiple Sclerosis Center at Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, CT. Catherine is a current MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology. With a recent interest in infectious disease and vaccines, the Pharmaceutical Program is a great opportunity for her to learn more about research and development in the pharmaceutical industry. She is looking forward to using the skills and knowledge gained from her degree and internship experience toward a career in public health.


ELA FADLI  I am in the 4+1 BA/MPH program at Boston University. I am completing my undergraduate degree in International Relations with a focus on systems and world order in Europe and the Middle East. For my MPH I hope to concentrate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I am very interested in global health issues and the organizations which work to address health crisis. I look forward to learning about the role pharmaceutical play in international public health.

1625456_10201336411916983_2031999148_nLILLIAN FROHLICH graduated from Syracuse University in 2014 with a BS in Public Health and a Strategic Management minor. During her time as an undergraduate, Lillian interned at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY, which sparked her interest in clinical trials. Lillian is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health at BUSPH with a concentration in Epidemiology, and upon graduation hopes to pursue a career in clinical research, specifically in clinical trials for for the treatment of pediatric developmental and genetic disorders. She believes that the Pharmaceutical Program will enrich her academic experience by heightening her understanding of clinical research and clinical trial management.

IMG_2461LINDSEY GARRISON graduated from Elon University in 2013 with a B.A. in Public Health and Public Administration. While there, she interned with Planned Parenthood focusing mainly on editing the Teens Taking Action program curriculum to ensure that it was appropriate for various age groups and performing data analysis to help the program achieve accreditation status. Lindsey also volunteered with Alamance Cares, a local HIV/AIDS organization, where she assisted with community-based HIV testing. Lindsey is a current MPH candidate with a concentration in International Health. Upon completion of the program, she hopes to work in infectious disease prevention, specifically HIV/AIDS. She feels that the Pharmaceuticals Program will provide her with more information about the role that pharmaceuticals play in service delivery settings.

KG1KEVIN GENERAL graduated with a B.A. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.  As an undergraduate student, he participated in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.  As a McNair Scholar, he conducted research that studied the flow of information to a low socioeconomic neighborhood faced with environmental health threats.  He also assisted in a clinical trials education and recruitment study funded by Health Sciences South Carolina.  When not focused on academics and research, Kevin volunteered at South Carolina Oncology Associates on the clinical floor.  As a volunteer, he assisted nurses with patients during chemotherapy treatments by providing companionship and comfort to help create an environment more responsive to an individual patient’s needs.  Kevin is currently pursuing a MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology.  He then plans to continue on to receive a doctorate in Epidemiology.  His research interests include comparative effectiveness trials and pharmacoepidemiology.  He wishes to give back to the field of Public Health and pharmaceuticals by improving patient-centered outcomes.

NICOLE GOLONSKI studied Biology, Philosophy and Latin American studies at the University of Scranton. Upon graduation she moved to South America for two years to work in two NGOs.  She lived and worked with the migrant woman population in Santiago, Chile for about 15 months.  Subsequently, she moved to Iquitos, Peru and worked as a medical clinic coordinator.  Her concentration at BUSPH is Global Health.

Alison GusickAlison Gusick recently graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to intern in various corners of the healthcare industry at Uniting Against Lung Cancer, NYU Langone Medical Center and Grey Healthcare Group. She also spent a semester studying in South Africa, where she volunteered with Ubuntu Africa, an organization dedicated to improving the well-being of HIV-positive children. Alison is a current MPH candidate with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Through the Pharmaceuticals Program, she hopes to learn more about how pharmaceutical companies interact with health organizations to facilitate access to populations in need.


knheuerKelly Heuer graduated from Syracuse University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and Public Health, focusing in Applied Statistics. During her undergraduate career she worked as a nutrition research assistant in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at SU. She also completed her honors thesis as an epidemiological review of Type 2 Diabetes in the global community. Through this research, she developed a passion for health statistics and analysis. Kelly is a current MPH candidate concentrating in Epidemiology with interests in infectious diseases and vaccine-preventable diseases. After her time at BUSPH, Kelly hopes to pursue a career in clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance in the pharmaceutical industry.


mug shotOLGA KARLINSKAYA graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Public Health from the University of Rochester, and is now a dual-concentrator in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at BUSPH. Prior to attending BU, Olga worked in several stages of drug development, including discovery, manufacturing and clinical trials. Through these experiences, she became very interested in post-marketing drug surveillance and corporate social responsibility. Olga is particularly interested in new treatments and vaccines, and hopes to apply her analytic skills an international health setting after the completion of her MPH.

IMG_1767_2PAWANDEEP KAUR is currently a Masters of Public Health student with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her prior academics include a Honors BSc. in Biology and Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she worked in the clinical research industry in various therapeutic areas. Most recently, she gained experience from within the Pharmaceutical industry at Janssen Inc., as part of the Medical Affairs department. Pawandeep has also been part of community networks, targeted specially towards youth and women. She has organized events that create spaces and educate the community on health, society and human rights topics. Combined, both her volunteer and industry experience is where she developed her passion to learn more about public health. With a background in social activism, along with the education she gains from Boston University, she intends to explore the sensitivities of health policies and their effects on at-risk communities and attempt to close the gaps of disparity between these demographics.

imageLINDSAY KOHORN is a recent graduate of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona with a B.S. in Mathematics. She has always been interested in medicine and when she graduated from college, she decided she wanted to find a way to use her mathematics in a medical setting, and that is how she was introduced to biostatistics. She completed a semester abroad in Budapest where she took an introductory level course in bioinformatics and presented at the poster session of the Joint Mathematics Meetings, a nationally recognized math conference, and attending the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program this past year. As of right now, she sees herself working as a biostatistician in a public health department or working for a pharmaceutical company.

SCAN0005KYRENA KREKEL has a BS in Health Science and is currently a Biostatistics Concentrator at BUSPH. Prior to moving to the United States, Kyrena lived in Thailand, Bangladesh, Denmark, and Brasil. She is currently involved in the implementation of GALS, a mixed-methods research study that she co-designed and manages with Dr. Fernando Ona of Tufts University School of Medicine. GALS is a phenomenological study of risk and resiliency among women and children living in low-resource urban communities in Harare, Zimbabwe. Kyrena plans to pursue a career in global health project management. Her international upbringing afforded her a different kind of education; one where she learned about international health first hand from the same disadvantaged populations that she now learns about in class. It has been this understanding of human populations that drove her to pursue an MPH at BU. Outside of global health Kyrena’s interests include traveling, reading, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time she is a competitive Olympic weightlifter.

Alex and I (2)MADELEINE KUHN is an Health Policy & Management concentrator at BUSPH. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in Germany for a year and a half, first at a laboratory, then at GlaxoSmithKline. Her laboratory work focused on the chemical effects of pesticides, mold and food ingredients on human health. There Madeleine was able to take research and translate it into informational packets for English speaking clients. This lead to a spot on GSK’s communications team for consumer healthcare in Hamburg, Germany where she was tasked with various communication duties, but primarily summarizing public reactions to brands for internal use. Both experiences highlighted issues that became career drivers for the future. While working at the lab, she experienced the lack of knowledge most people have about how chemicals effect the human body and why it is important to understand chemical exposore. While working at GSK, Madeleine had to find ways of interpreting how a product could be better explained based on consumer reactions. It was clear from both experiences that communication barriers can cause major problems for both consumers and pharmaceutical companies. Madeleine plans on building a strong foundation between knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug approval process to help provide the public with better drug information.

YUN LING grew up in both China and the U.S, and this multicultural background shaped perspective for the world. She is  interested in Service Deliverybecause it is closely connected to her concentration and career goals. She is passionate about international public health, specifically child health. Eventually she wants to work for non-governmental organizations in child health in developing countries. She hopes to work in service delivery settings, and the program would allow her to further tailor her career path and open more doors and exposing her to the field of Pharmaceuticals.

scan0001KERRI LIPTON earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. She is interested in animal science and infectious diseases, especially zoonotic and vector borne diseases. While completing an undergraduate study abroad in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, she became interested in the integration of public health, animal health and infectious disease through investigation of health education access surrounding leishmaniasis. As an MPH student with a concentration in International Health, the possibilities of continuing work with zoonotic and vector borne diseases are of interest to Kerri. She hopes that the Pharmaceuticals Program will help tailor her public health interests while still preserving and utilizing her animal science background.

Anne-headshot_DSC7702ANNE LODICK first became interested in the pharmaceutical industry when she was hired as a consultant at a consulting firm that specialized in drug development strategy. She worked as a consultant for 3 years, gaining experience and working with clients including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer and Astra-Zeneca. From there she moved into a project management role with Human Care Systems, a company that creates patient adherence and support programs for drugs and medical devices. Anne designed and conducted market research with patients around the US and internationally while in this role. Currently, she is working part-time as an associate consultant at a small market research firm, conducting research with physicians and patients. Anne has been very involved in launching a new syndicated report series focusing on patient experiences and emotion in chronic diseases. Her career goal is to apply the lens of public health to pharmaceuticals. Anne is dual-concentrating in Social and Behavioral Science and Epidemiology, and hopes these will give her tools to analyze and understand issues that arise with medications (safety, effectiveness and patient use)once they have been released on the market.

FELICITY NAMAYANJA hasa medical degree from Makerere University Medical School, Kampala Uganda, where she also worked as a general practitioner for three years. In addition, she worked on clinical protocols for tuberculosis in HIV positive patients under Case Western Reserve collaboration studies in Uganda. Since migrating to the United States, she’s had the opportunity to continue with clinical research. Institution based research at Massachusetts General Hospital where she was a research Fellow/ Clinical Research Coordinator. She’s also worked for clinical trial sites for the pharmaceutical industry as a research coordinator. This involved implementation of research protocols at clinical trial sites including subject evaluation and clinical assessments, laboratory work, follow-up visits, data entry and use of psychiatric assessment scales where needed. She attended investigator meetings and worked with Research Monitors. She has worked on phase II and III protocols as well as phase I QTc studies and is ACRP certified.

10417779_764731296912727_6198429191917786206_nHUA NI is originally from China, where she received a degree in package engineering. During this time, she interned at and insurance company, working on developing an insurance product. After graduating, she attended  Rutgers University and earned a BS degree in food science. During her time in the US she has gained experience in event planning and has performed preliminary studies for food research. She is ultimately interested  in combining her science background with an MPH in Health Policy and Management so that she can pursue a career in Project Management, at a pharmaceutical company.

DSC_0117DAMI OLUWADOLAPO graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He was actively involved in volunteer opportunities, primary in primary healthcare in Nigeria for three years. These experiences were instrumental in highlighting the roles pharmaceuticals play in saving millions of life and has helped form a basis for his interest in pharmaceuticals. While at BUSPH, Dami intends to gain knowledge and experience capable of improving health with an emphasis on access to quality pharmaceuticals in underserved populations. Post-graduation, he intends to work with donor organizations who deliver quality, effective and affordable health interventions to undeserved populations.


pic 005GODWIN OSEI-POKU is originally from Ghana where he pursued a medical degree and realized his interest in pharmacology. As a doctor working in Africa, he realized the challenges physicians face in providing care for their patients due to lack of available pharmaceuticals. Godwin is focusing on health care management so that he can develop policies that make necessary drugs affordable and accessible to his patients in Africa.



Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 10.09.16 PMCHRYSANTHE PETEROS comes from working in the Global Corporate Communications Department at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics in Cambridge. Through her work with associates from various departments at Novartis she developed an interest in public health and subsequently decided that she would like to work within the health care industry. Chrysanthe decided to concentrate in Health Policy and Management because she wants to be able to effect change in the way our health care system is run. She is particularly interested in policies regarding women’s health and is also interested in how pharmaceutical companies interact with and operate alongside the government and health care authorities.

293101_1931581697763_5293617_nJANE PLESKUNAS graduated with a BS degree in Mathematics from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI in 2011 and is now an Epidemiology Concentrator at BUSPH. While attending her undergraduate institution, Jane conducted multivariate calculus research on the reflection of sound waves off of three dimensional shapes called a Pseudopshere. The research was both published in the “The International Journal for Numerical Analysis” and is archived in the Roger Williams University library. She also presented the research at the AMS National Conference for Numerical Analysis at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While attending BUSPH, Jane hopes to gain knowledge in design and analyses in Clinical Research Trials. She hopes to take advantage of the plethora of knowledge within the BUSPH community, and the greater Boston area. Jane is also a Student Ambassador and on the informal Epidemiology Social Committee.

PharmKA LAI POON is a MPH candidate concentrating in International Health. She started interning in the neurology department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine the summer after her freshman year of high school. Since then, she continued to conduct research on different types of seizures for six consecutive summers. She was a pre-medical student and minored in History of Medicine when she attended Franklin & Marshall College. After college, she worked as a Research Assistant for two years at The Rockefeller University, where she conducted experiments in attempt to improve the current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Through all these years she spent in the laboratory, she acquired a good understanding of the drug development process and its importance in alleviating disease burdens in both developed and developing countries. Due to her experience and strong interest in the scientific field, Ka Lai would like to continue learning about the role that pharmaceuticals plays in affecting the outcome of public health. In the future, Ka Lai would like to focus on designing, monitoring, and evaluating international health programs. She wants to be able to use the knowledge and skills she will acquire from the Service Delivery track to help improve the drug delivery systems in developing countries. Ultimately, she would like to contribute towards reducing healthcare inequality in resource-limited settings.

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.


IMG_3254LINDSEY RORDEN graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a BA in Sociology and Community and International Development and has been working full time for a non-profit cancer research organization in Boston for 3 years coordinating the development of clinical trials within several disease sites. She has gained experience in medical writing, trial design, regulatory coordination, and navigation of pharmaceutical industry partnerships through this role.
Lindsey spent 8 months abroad in Cape Town, South Africa in 2009, working at an AIDS ARV clinic in the local township. It was there that she developed a strong desire to study therapeutic drugs and how populations gain access to these crucial resources. Lindsey is a current MPH candidate with a concentration in International Health, and is interested in shifting into a program management role within a non-profit that focuses on international drug access.

2027094EMELLY RUSLI graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BS in Marketing and BA in Chemistry. She knew she always wants to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry since college. Prior to BU, she had a Research Analyst internship with a pharmaceutical consulting firm, where she was able to translate her business and science background into a real business decision. The internship not only reaffirms her passion for the industry, but also encourages her to dig into public health field. Since she enjoys Math and doing quantitative research work, she chose Biostatistics as her concentration. With Biostatistics and Pharmaceutical Certificate, she aims to achieve her dream career since college: working as a Research/Data Analyst in the pharmaceutical companies, or doing a consulting work for pharmaceutical clients.

4SHRUTI SACHDEVA completed her Bachelors in Dental Surgery and Masters in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs in India. After completing her training, she worked for two years as a dental practitioner and a lecturer at a dental school in India. Shruti’s dream is to contribute to better health for all. Her area of interest is drug research and development. She is currently concentrating in Biostatistics at BUSPH, and hopes to eventually work in a job that can utilize her past training as a dentist as well as the current skills she is obtaining while pursuing her MPH.



meNISHITA SHAH graduated from the University of California-San Diego, with a BS in Physiology/Neuroscience and a minor in Global Health. Prior to attending BUSPH, she worked as a research associate in a clinical study investigating the risks of coronary artery disease on the South Asian population for a year. She was involved in doing case management with patients, assessing medication schedules, and analyzing data. Nishita is now pursuing her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology. Based on her past work and academic background, she is interested in chronic diseases, specifically in vulnerable populations. She hopes to augment her research interests with a more solid understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.

photo (8)BOMA UBANI graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a BA in Medical Anthropology. After graduation, she worked for two years at the University of Pennsylvania as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Boma worked extensively on 2 studies. The first looked at the relationship between family planning and knowledge of BRCA1/BRCA2 gene status in women who had an increased risk for developing breast cancer. The second looked at how interactions with the medical care system could contribute to poor birth outcomes primarily in the African American population in Philadelphia.
Boma initially set out to apply to medical school but after working on her second research study, she decided that she was more passionate about the impact that public health systems/infrastructure could have on health outcomes. In her time at BUSPH, she has developed an interest in Public-Private partnerships in global health especially where financing of health systems and provision of essential technologies are concerned. Boma hopes that the tools she acquires at BUSPH and the Pharmaceuticals Program will prepare her for a career in Global Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility. She hope to position herself to help corporations sustainably allocate their drugs and technologies to under-resourced countries in an affordable way.

Maria Núria Cañigueral Vila - Foto carnetNURIA CANIGUERAL VILA is originally from Spain, where she received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona. During this 5-year program she became very interested in the quality and business aspects of the health care industry and, specifically, the pharmaceutical industry. Last year as she prepared to pursue her graduate studies, Nuria worked as an intern at the quality assurance department in a national pharmaceutical company in Spain. Currently, Nuria am a Health Policy and Management concentrator. For Nuria as a pharmacist, the possibility of being in the Pharmaceuticals Program while studying the in the MPH program provides her with the opportunity to give coherence to her career. Her plans after graduation are to use her education and training within the pharmaceutical industry or healthcare administration.

Pharm WebsiteCAROLINE WINELAND graduated from Barnard College with a major in Spanish & Latin American Cultures and a minor in Psychology. Since graduation, she has been teaching fitness classes at a corporate wellness center and plans to continue teaching classes during her time at BUSPH. Her interest in a public health career was cemented when she volunteered at a clinic for migrant farm workers without access to formal medical care. She is specifically interested in the management of healthcare services and the economics of the pharmaceutical industry.
She will be concentrating in Health Policy & Management with a specialization in Healthcare Finance. She hopes to work in consulting within the Biotech/Pharmaceutical industries after graduation, making the Pharmaceuticals Program an invaluable part of her BUSPH experience.

2ea1d36SIFANG (KATHY) ZHAO graduated with a B.S. degree in Health: Science, Society and Policy from Brandeis University, Waltham and is now an Epidemiology Concentrator at BUSPH. Prior to attending BU, she was a summer intern in the Arbovirus Surveillance Program at the State Lab Institution where she examined data and completed several projects to assist the continuing analysis of how EEE virus can be better detected and monitored. Inspired by her internship experience, she conducted an epidemiological case control study in her hometown Changchun, China and wrote her senior thesis on the relationship between perceived food salinity and diagnosed thyroid diseases. During her time at BUSPH, Kathy hopes to gain new perspectives in public health, embrace new cultures and build new relationships.

mmexport1400211500712LUJIA ZHOU came to the U.S. From China five years ago to begin studying Public Health and Pharmacy at Rutgers University. She is now beginning her MPH with a concentration in Epidimiology. During her time at Rutgers, Lujia spent 2 years participated in a cancer research study in fat and its relation to carcinogenesis, and epidemiological research on Metformin’s anti-aging effect at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Lujia also spent one summer at the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center of Mass General Hospital, working with ovarian cancer vaccine development. Lujia joined the Pharmaceuticals Program to add project management and clinical practice to her research experience. Specifically, she would like to combine her knowledge in both pharmaceuticals and public health into useful skills for the pharmaceutical industry.

IMG_6242YINENG ZHU earned a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is now concentrating in Biostatistics and is very  interested in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a strong foundation in pharmaceuticals, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry and so forth, including related experiments. She hopes to learn more about drug development and other pharmaceutical industry knowledge so that she can work as a biostatistician in the pharmaceutical industry in the future.