GIHHR International Health and Human Rights Fellow

Dr. Mahmoud Aldyab, the founder and head position for Mobility Solutions, is a physician from Syria that is currently a visiting scholar at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. He is a recipient of the Van Heuven Goedhart-Penning Award from a Dutch Human Rights Organization, who gives this award bi-annually to “extraordinary people who are very committed to refugees and displaced persons.” Dr. Mahmoud has experience working for the Physicians for Human Rights, Qatar Red Crescent, and Unified Medical Syrian Bureau.

Jaehee Jong holds a PhD from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY, and works on a wide range of behavior issues in the workplace, including employee motivation, leadership, job stress, and mental health. Currently she is working on several research projects at GIHHR that specifically assess how policy, culture, and organizational factors influence stakeholders' attitudes toward health care.





Christopher Paynter holds a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Stony  

Brook University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently pursuing an MPH at SUNY Albany. He is interested in research on aging and the special needs of older adults with HIV. Currently, he is also working on a project on risk behaviors for individuals taking pre-exposure prophylaxis.




Xinyun Xu holds an MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology from Univerity at Albany, SUNY She is interested in research pertaining to education evaluation, family, peer, and mental health in the field of drug addiction and HIV. She is currently working on several research projects at GIHHR which are related to curriculum evaluation for HIV/AIDS Drug Addiction Training Curriculum for Turkish and Iranian healthcare professionals; curriculum delivery for Medical education curriculum for Syria refugee students; and risk factors of drug use and HIV.




Airaj Ahmadzai is 2nd-year MPH Candidate at the School of Public Health at SUNY Albany. He is interested in research on blood-borne disease and transmission amongst Injection Drug Users (IDUs) in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Currently he is working on translating and writing transcripts for three pilot studies conducted in Afghanistan on the interrelatedness of displacement, migration, and injecting drug use.





Sachelle Myrtil holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology from SUNY Geneseo, and a MPH with a concentration in Social Behavior and Community Health from SUNY Albany. She is interested in research on maternal child health populations, particularly the scope of care women and children receive in less resource-rich areas. Currently she is working on data analysis for research projects focused on HIV and HIV-related co-infections (such as tuberculosis) in Central Asia.