Presentations

Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Jessica Elf was a post doctoral fellow in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her primary research focus was on the epidemiology and health impacts of tobacco use and exposure to indoor air pollution from the combustion of biomass fuels. She is a former Fogarty Fellow who lived and worked in Pune, India conducting research for her thesis project, which investigated the association between indoor air pollution and tuberculosis. She completed her undergraduate education in nutrition at the University of Florida and received an MPH and PhD the...

Puja Chebrolu

Global Health Research Fellow
Puja Chebrolu
Dr. Chebrolu is an Internal Medicine physician and a Cornell Global Health Research Fellow. She is working with Dr Jyoti Mathad and Dr Mallika Alexander at BJGMC primarily to study gestational diabetes within the PRACHITI cohort. She will be working with BJMC over the next 3 years and plans to study diabetes in other study populations as well.

Matt Robinson, MD

Research Fellow
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Robinson, MD, is a research fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the diagnosis of acute febrile illness and its implication on antimicrobial stewardship and resistance in tropical low- and middle-income countries. Matt is working with Dr. Gupta, Dr. Mave, and Dr. Cosgrove to assess the etiology of febrile illness in patients presenting to a hospital in Pune, India and to determine how diagnosis impacts antibiotic use. He is also working on a CDC-funded project to evaluate the source of antimicrobial...

Akshay Gupte, PhD, MBBS, MSPH

Junior Investigator
Akshay Gupte
Akshay Gupte is a junior investigator trained in medicine, clinical research, and global health. His research interests include exploring approaches to host directed adjuvant therapies in tuberculosis (TB) and studying the impact of TB and HIV on lung health of populations. Dr. Gupte leads an Indo-US collaborative study exploring the impact of TB disease; alone and in combination with smoking, air pollution, HIV and diabetes mellitus; on respiratory impairment and risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in India. He is also a co-investigator on the CTRIUMPH study—a multi-center cohort...

Martha Kirabo, MBChB

Uganda Fogarty Scholar
Dr Martha Kirabo
Dr Martha Kirabo is a medical doctor from Uganda. She earned her MBChB from Makerere University. A Fogarty fellow, she is undertaking Master of Public Health training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to JHSPH, she practiced as a clinical research doctor at the Uganda Case Western Reserve University Research Collaboration in Kampala, working in the Clinical trials department as a safety and pharmacovigilance officer. She is interested in attaining skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods in public health and clinical research, infectious disease...

Matthew Riesner, MA

IRB and Regulatory Specialist
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Riesner
Mr. Riesner is the IRB and Regulatory Specialist for CCGHE. He has worked in various research related roles during the past 14 years and has been with Johns Hopkins University for 13 years. Mr. Riesner has approximately 2 years working as a Regulatory Specialist at CCGHE, 5 years of combined experience working at both a commercial IRB and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine IRB, and 7 years of experience working in other research related roles, including research management and coordination. Mr. Riesner performs a variety of research regulatory functions for the JHU-India clinical...

Mullika Yowell, MBA

Baltimore, Maryland
Mullika Yoweel, Budget Analyst
Ms. Yowell is a Budget Analyst for CCGHE. She works with the Financial Manager to support financial activities the pre-and post-award functions, including budget development, account reconciliation, and compliance among other related duties. She joins CCGHE after 4 years with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She received a master’s degree in business administration and international business from the University of Baltimore.

Madhurya Amirapu

Madhurya Amirapu
Madhurya Amirapu, a student at Basaveshwara Medical College, just spent 3 months doing a research elective with Dr. Jeff Tornheim at CCGHE. Learn more about her experience!

Alejandra Flores-Miller

Research Program Coordinator - Bilingual
Alejandra Flores-Miller
Alejandra Flores Miller works as a Research Program Coordinator for a PCORI-funded randomized controlled study evaluating the impact of a mHealth-enhanced retention support on HIV virologic suppression. Additionally, she coordinates the activities of the Latinx Outreach Team that provides HIV testing, education and Linkage to Care in partnership with BCHD. She currently leads a team of Latino CHW’s that provides linkage to care and COVID-19 community testing, and she connects individuals and families with COVID-19 resources. The team is also working at the vaccination community clinic that...

Sonya Krishnan, MD

Clinical Fellow
Baltimore, Maryland
Sonya Krishnan, MD
Sonya Krishnan, MD, is a clinical fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has joined Dr. Amita Gupta’s lab and will be studying host biomarkers of HIV/TB and TB outcomes with particular interest in understanding inflammation pathways, their impacts and potential therapies. During the 2020-2021 academic year she will also be pursing additional training via the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Graduate Training Program In Clinical Investigation. Dr. Krishnan grew up in Minnesota and completed her undergraduate studies at Carleton...

Arish Hussain

Baltimore, Maryland
Arish Hussain
ELECTIVE EXPERIENCE AT CCGHE My 6 week research elective commenced in the third week of September 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Tornheim. I began by contacting Dr. Tornheim before coming to Baltimore and reading up on his work to familiarise myself with the topics. My primary aim for this block was to learn all the components that go into the making of an accurate scientific research paper. On reaching Baltimore, I attended an orientation session to meet my peers and toured the campus. We then set the first week’s targets. The first thing Dr. Tornheim recommended was a thorough read...

Prasad Bogam, MPH, PMP

Research Program Manager
Pune, India
Prasad Bogam
Prasad is a research program manager at the BJGMC-JHU clinical research site, Pune, India and is responsible for day to day management of program activities at the site. He works closely with leadership and supports proposal development, tracking progress of projects, and facilitating collaborations with affiliate institutions. Prasad joined the team in June 2020 with more than 10 years of diverse experience across public health, clinical research, and project management. He has worked with international nonprofit organizations including Jhpiego, PATH, Noora Health, where he worked in various...

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