For students at the UW Department of Global Health, being a Research Assistant (RA) offers an enriching experience for both personal and professional growth. In 2018, 14 PhD and MPH students are undertaking Research Assistantships. Meet the current UW Department of Global Health batch of RAs, learn about their backgrounds, and get their first-hand perspective of life as an RA.

 

Tanvi Arkatkar
1st year PhD student, Pathobiology, Department of Global Health

Tanvi's research background is in biotechnology, molecular mechanisms of chlamydial pathogenesis, and dysregulated B cells in Lupus. As an RA, she has had the opportunity to study broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies from HIV positive individuals. Read more

 

 

Colin Baynes
1st year PhD student, Implementation Science, Department of Global Health

Colin has 14 years of experience in the field of global health and has interests in population, reproductive, and child health epidemiology and implementation science. As an RA, he is working on an implementation science and impact evaluation project in Mozambique. Read more

 

Natasha Bourgeois
1st year PhD student, Pathobiology, Department of Global Health

Natasha's research background in molecular biology includes topics such as ecology, innate immunology, and tuberculosis. As an RA, she has had the opportunity to study the immunology of HIV and TB during laboratory rotations. Read more

 

 

Yanni Chang
1st year MPH student, Department of Global Health

Yanni is a concurrent MD/MPH student at University of Washington and has worked on various topics such as dengue virus transmission factors and schistosomiasis surveillance. She has been examining attitudes towards novel HIV prevention strategies and is looking forward to improving her analytical skills during the program. Read more

 

Esther Choo
1st year PhD student, Implementation Science, Department of Global Health

Esther has 10 years of international development experience with non-governmental organizations and health agencies and has worked on programs in various fields. As an RA, she is working to understand factors driving increased mortality among undernourished children admitted to a hospital with acute illness. Read more

 

Mame Mareme Diakhate
1st year MPH student, Department of Global Health

Mareme has worked with Americorps and provided mentoring to underrepresented students in the health field. As an RA, she is studying factors that present in children who are stunting as well as cause of death in malnourished children. Read more

 

 

 

Nafiso Egal
1st year MPH student, Department of Global Health

Nafiso is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in Seattle and worked on public health education during her undergraduate years at University of Washington. She is interested in working with refugee communities on maternal and child health. Read more

 

Anna Furuta
1st year PhD student, Pathobiology, Department of Global Health

Anna's research background is in Toxoplasma gondii, specifically examining host-pathogen interactions and parasite components. As an RA, she has had the opportunity to pursue her interest in infectious diseases and study vaccine development for tuberculosis. Read more

 

 

Yao He
1st year PhD student, Implementation Science, Department of Global Health

Yao has worked on China's global health diplomacy and medical education and has interests in health policy, systems strengthening, and global affairs. As an RA, she is working on monitoring and evaluating the performance of health facilities in Côte d’Ivoire. Read more

 

Alana Lopez
1st year MPH student, Department of Global Health

Alana studied Medical Anthropology and Global Health at University of Washington before joining the Peace Corps in Ecuador. In the future, she hopes to work in health education and advocacy with immigrant populations in the Pacific Northwest. Read more

 

 

Nina Njeri Nganga
1st year MPH student, Department of Global Health

Nina was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and moved to the US in 2011. She studied human biology and journalism and is interested in exploring the intersection of maternal and child health and communication during the MPH program. Read more

 

 

Nicole Potchen
1st year PhD student, Pathobiology, Department of Global Health

Nicole's research background is in innate and adaptive immunity as well as the parasite that causes malaria. As an RA, she has had the opportunity to pursue her interest in infectious diseases and study new drugs for tuberculosis during her lab rotations. Read more

 

Sean Windle
1st year PhD student, Pathobiology, Department of Global Health

Sean's research background is in the oral microbiome and antimalarial drug resistance. As an RA, he has had the opportunity to continue his research on malaria, specifically designing and improving Cas9 approaches in malaria parasites. Read more

 

 

Briana Williams
1st year MPH student, Department of Global Health

Briana studied engineering during her undergraduate years and after graduation, became involved in global health projects in Guatemala. As an RA, she is working with Health Alliance International (HAI) on evaluation and data analysis of sub-award recipients. Read more