Our Students

Our current students (alphabetically)

Bustos HeadshotMARIA BUSTOS is a medical doctor from Colombia, where she worked as a research fellow in the Pain Clinic and Mental Health Departments of a leading academic hospital. Her position involved direct patient care, conducting research and quality improvement projects for clinical centers on adult chronic pain and mood disorders. After gaining experience from bench to clinical research during her job and academic training, she discovered the need to delve further in public health. Currently, Maria is a MPH candidate concentrating in Healthcare Management and Pharmaceuticals, passionate about the intersection of public health and the pharmaceutical industry. She is convinced that attaining a harmonized system between the business and medical worlds to improve population health is possible. During the summer of 2017 she is working as a research consultant at LEERINK Partners LLC in Boston, on topics regarding US healthcare industry development and regulation pertaining to the FDA. Additionally, she joined Johnson & Johnson as a graduate intern for 12 weeks in the Clinical Development team for the Established Products – CNS Portfolio.

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.


SumehdaSUMEDHA JAVALIKAR graduated from dental school from KLE University in India. She is a currently pursuing her MPH with concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in addition to Pharmaceutical context certificate. She currently works as a Data Management Intern in the infectious diseases department at Boston Medical Center. She is interested in research, data management, clinical trials and supply chain issues. After graduation, she is interested to be a part of research in low income countries, managing data and looking at supply chain problems in those 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.


DinaNash_pharmcertphotoDINA NASH is a MPH candidate pursuing the Epidemiology & Biostatistics certificate in addition to the Pharmaceutical Certificate. She graduated from Harvard University Extension School with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Dina currently works as a peer coach and core-course tutor at BUSPH. She is interested in outcomes research, pharmacoepidemiology, and clinical trials. After graduation, Dina hopes to find a position that enables her to apply epidemiological and biostatistical methods to examine potential benefits and adverse effects of medicines in patients through post-authorization safety and effectiveness studies, as well as through drug utilization studies.


Rojas HeadshotJESSICA LYNN ROJAS is an MPH candidate concentrating in Healthcare Management and Pharmaceuticals. She is currently a Student Trainee at VA Boston Healthcare System learning the appropriate rules/regulations used in conducting Department of Veterans Affairs business and familiarizes herself with administrative and clinical operations. She works alongside the Director of Nursing services in improving healthcare delivery and clinical operations. Through the Pharmaceuticals program, Jessica is excited to learn about the role pharmaceuticals plays in the healthcare system and health care delivery and in increasing access to medicine and innovative treatment options to vulnerable populations. Jessica holds a B.A both Political Science and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine and is a certified health education specialist (CHES).


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.


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.


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.