Intern

Farhat Ahmad, Farhat will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 from the University at Albany with a double major in Public Health and Globalization Studies. The spring of 2017 was her first semester with GIHHR. As an intern she has researched HIV prevalence in Pakistan and she is currently working on the Online Education for Displaced Syrian Students project. After graduating, Farhat intends on pursuing a Masters in Global Public Health. -Recipient of the Spellman Academic Achievement Award.

Leila Ahdieh,  
 
Joshua Anthony,            
 
Salma Bah,
 
Thomas Banco, Thomas will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor in Science from the University at Albany. The Spring of 2017 was his first semester interning at the GIHHR. During his time at GIHHR he has done literature reviews of articles concerning HIV in Tajikistan among at risk groups. Thomas plans on attending medical school post graduation Presidential Honors Society -Dean’s List -Global Medicine and Human Rights Living-Learning Community

Krista Bennett, Krista Bennett is a research assistant at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. Her focus while at the GIHHR has been on health care access for street gang members. She also developed Project Eridu: Increasing Access to Self-Advocacy Among ESL Inmates, a project that translates legal memos for prisoners into their preferred language.
Currently, she is a non-traditional student, a mother of two children (one with a genetic disorder that causes autistic-like symptoms), a wife, and a volunteer for nonprofit organizations. She will graduate in May of 2017 and continue her education in Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She hopes to work on as a micro level social worker within the New York State prison system. As a corrections social worker, she wants to assist clients to realize their strengths and build upon their resiliency.
Presidential Honor Society - Project Coordinator William Roth Endowed Scholarship - Recipient Dean’s List: Fall 2015, Spring 2016 & Fall 2016 Baccalaureate Social Welfare Association - Public Relations Chair

Randal Bierman,    
 
Sharareh Biglari, Sharareh is a master’s candidate in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Transportation. She will be graduating in August 2017. She Also graduated in December 2013 with a bachelors of science in Architecture engineering. She has been in GIHHR since September 2015. She served as a project coordinator. She worked with a team on an Environment Project which provides Health, Sustainable Development and Leadership trainings to students and faculty. Additionally, She has developed part of the the Environment project by translating and editing notes and then inserting voice on them. Following graduation, she plans to work and then also return back to school to earn her PHD of transportation engineering.

Alex Bradt, Alexandra will be graduating in the fall of 2017 with a major in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. During her first semester at GIHHR in the spring of 2017, she has worked on a project involving literature review to help develop a mental health assessment for the Albany Police Department to use. After graduation, Alexandra plans on becoming a substance abuse counselor.  

Tanner Brooks, Tanner is a biochemistry major here at the University at Albany. The spring 2017 semester was his first semester with GIHHR. During his time here he has done research, worked on the Online Education for Displaced Syrian Students project, and worked with fellow interns to create the winter GIHHR winter Newsletter. After Tanner graduates in 2020, he plans on attending medical school.

Nicole Bulanchuk, Nicole will be graduating in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development with a minor in Neuroscience. Although she is new to the GIHHR team, Nicole has been diligent and proactive during her time at UAlbany.
She has made strong efforts to promote health and wellness on campus through her work with Middle Earth Peer-Assistance Program. Similarly, she spends a majority of her free time performing community service and other volunteer work. Nicole is also an avid researcher. Currently she is a Research Assistant in Damian Zuloaga’s Behavioral Neuroscience Lab which studies the neural mechanisms of mice after exposures to stress. Additionally, Nicole is researching the possible psychopathologies in maltreated children and how potentially their experience could relate to their own unique attributions. Indeed Nicole is eager to make a difference within the GIHHR and beyond. At the moment she is working on organizing and interpreting data from the Global Status Report for Violence Prevention (2014). She plans to utilize her skills, her knowledge and data like this to somehow benefit the lives of people all around the world.
President’s Award for Leadership - Community Service (2016) President’s Award for Leadership - Great Dane Award (2017)Treasurer, Middle Earth Peer-Assistance Program  Psychological Researcher Alpha Phi Omega: National Co-Ed Community Service Fraternity  EOP Tutor Dean’s List of Distinguished Students  Psi Chi - International Honor Society in Psychology Member of NSCS President's Advisory Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors

Ozden Caglar Ozden is graduating in May 2017 from the Rockefeller College, University at Albany Masters of Public Administration Program. She has 8 years of professional experience as a finance expert between 2007-2015. She has been working in the GIHHR since September 2016 as a graduate research assistant. She is assisting with a project on health care workers’ training on substance use treatment. After graduation, she aims to combine her professional experiences and coursework to work professionally in one of the areas of her interest.

Adriana Celaya, Adriana Celaya will be graduating December 2018 she is going for her Bachelors double majoring in Spanish Linguistics and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Fall of 2017 was her first semester at GIHHR, where she collected data for research on Street Gangs and HIV. She also worked on translating legal documents for Prisoners Legal System, in Spanish to English and vice versa for lawyers, staff and importantly incarcerated individuals which allows them to self advocate. This spring she has added on being an Instructor for IELP, working with displaced Syrian students. She hopes to work for a three letter government agency in the future helping human trafficking victims or be part of a narcotics division.

 

 

Whesley De La Cruz,
 
Rachel Dejean, Rachel Dejean has worked at the GIHHR since the Fall of 2016. She is a journalism major and art minor and is a part of the Institute’s social media team. During her time as an intern, she has created two newsletters which outline the yearly accomplishments of the GIHHR. In addition, she has helped to write several reports on the Online Education for Displaced Students (OEDS) as well as drug addiction and HIV/AIDS research and treatment in Turkey. She plans to continue working for the GIHHR until she graduates in the spring of 2019. Recipient of the Spellman Academic Achievement award (2016, 2017) Dean’s list of distinguished students  Member of the presidential honor’s society  Member of UAlbany’s Honors college

Rachel Eager, Rachel Eager has been a Research Aide and Project Coordinator since April 2015 when she joined as a freshman. She is now a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with minors in Political Science and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Rachel started working on Women’s Barnes and Noble Scholar Dean’s List of Distinguished Students Member of UAlbany’s Honors College
Honors College POET
NLNY Graduate Member of the Tobacco-Free Coalition Member of the Campus Life Advisory Committee for OSI
Nuraliman Elmegahed, Nuraliman will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University at Albany. Spring of 2017 was her first semester with GIHHR, she worked as a bilingual project assistant on the Online Education for Displaced Syrian Students program. Nuraliman plans on attending medical school post graduation.

Petar Gajic, Petar is a second semester freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He will graduate in May 2020. This is his first semester interning at the GIHHR where he worked on finding research articles on HCV in Turkey. He is also participating on a new project involving HCV, HBV, and HIV in Bosnia. After graduation he plans to attend medical school. Following his passion for science, Petar hopes one day to become a physician-scientist, and teach medical students in his home country of Serbia. -Presidential Honors Society -Dean’s List -Global Medicine and Human Rights Living-Learning Community

 

 

Lhadoen Gyephel Lhadoen is currently a sophomore majoring in Anthropology and minoring in French, International Studies and Public Health. She will graduate in May 2019 and hopes that during her undergraduate career, she will gain valuable experience and vital skills interning under GIHHR. Coming from the Tibetan exiled community, she has been passionate about fighting for human rights her whole life and hopes that one day, Tibet will be independent. Meanwhile, she is excited to conduct research and work to improve the lifestyle of marginalized communities in today’s society.

-Two time recipient of the Spellman Academic Achievement Award

-Dean’s List of Distinguished Students (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

-Nominee for NSCS, Golden Key Honour Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society Lambda Alpha Honor Society (2017- ) 

-Member of the Chinese Student Association (CSA) and Liga Fiipina (2016- )

-World Within Reach Scholarship (2015)

Sayyida Hasan,
 
Brianna Hope,
 
Sally Holt,                   
 
Ciara Hoye, Ciara has been interning at the GIHHR since June of 2016. During her time at the GIHHR she has focused her research on HIV disclosure and HIV specific laws in the United States. In May of 2018 Ciara will be graduating from the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a minor in Health and Human Rights. After graduating she intends to pursue a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in the field of maternal and child health. Presidential Scholarship

Deans list                   

 

Chase Israel,
 
Oyenike Ilaka, In May 2018, Oyenike is graduating from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of science degree in Public Health and a minor in French. After graduation, she hope to become a medical student in 2019. In the future, she hopes to become a public health physician, who has her own practice. She wants to open a women’s clinic in Lagos state, Nigeria and collaborate with Doctors without borders, the WHO, and the United Nations. Two time recipient of the Spellman Achievement Award of Academic excellence(2015-2016). The 2016 recipient of the Eleanor Bazzoni 1906 Fellowship. The University at Albany Rugby Football club Alumni (2015-2017).

September Johnson, September graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with minors in psychology and educational studies. She is an aspiring public health professional with hopes to work in the fields of international development, reproductive health, substance use prevention/recovery or HIV/AIDS. Following graduation, she plans to work amnd then return to school to earn her Masters of Public Health. Additionally, she hopes to earn her DrPH. September served as the Intern Coordinator and as a Project Coordinator. During her time here, September researched and wrote reports on health and human rights indicators with regards to HIV/AIDS. She also coordinated our Health Law Project which provides health and human rights training to students in the Middle East. Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research President's Award for Leadership – Middle Earth Award Dr. Dolores Cimini Service Award Four time recipient of the Dr. Seth W. Spellman Jr. Academic Achievement Award Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar NLNY Graduate Dean’s List of Distinguished Students President's Advisory Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors

Jaehee Jong,
 
Michalina Kulesza, Michalina is in her second year at UAlbany and studies anthropology with minors in Russian and Spanish. She will be graduating in 2018 and intends on attaining a Masters of International Relations degree and further working as a diplomat. During her first semester at the GIHHR, she worked translating and sorting data pertaining to sex workers in Tajikistan. She also worked translating legal documents into Spanish for prisoners in the global setting that are unaware of their rights. Dean’s List Vice President of Community Service for the Newman Catholic Organization UAlbany Dance Council Member Middle Earth Peer Wellness Ambassador

Chandan Kang, In May 2018 Chandan will be graduating from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Chandan is currently completing a joint honors degree in History & Politics. She has been working with GIHHR since the fall of 2016. During her time at GIHHR Chandan was a student assistant where she assisted in coordinating the Intensive English language Program for Displaced Syrian Medical students, as well as this she was also an instructor. Chandan also worked on a project which aimed at unfolding the main issues regarding the stigmatizing of women in Indian with HIV aids and how this correlates with the lack of women attending clinics for treatment. Following her graduation Chandan plans to attain a law degree in the United Kingdom with a hope of working in America in the future. Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Vince LaMantia, Vince graduated in May of 2017 from the Honors College with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Along with being the President of the Pre-Med Club, Vince was a co-organizer of the World of Global Medicine and Human Rights, a Living Learning Community for freshman interested in medicine and was the Community Assistant for that world his senior year. He was a teaching and research assistant and his research has been published. Vince discovered GIHHR by taking an undergraduate class with Dr’s Alaei and became interested in their work. Throughout his semester’s as a Teaching Assistant with them, he has enjoyed learning from them, and other students about their backgrounds and views on various health and human rights issues. Vince is currently applying to medical schools and hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine. President- UAlbany Pre-Medical Club

Presidential Honor Society

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Ben V. Smith Science Scholar

President’s Council Committee

Student Health Advisory Committee

Kate Mishkin,
 
Allyson Marshal, Allyson will graduate in May 2018 with a double major in Human Biology and Public Health and a minor in Emergency Preparedness. During her time at GIHHR she has worked on several projects including a research paper on WESR and a grant proposal focusing on building better relationships between police and refugees/immigrants. In the future, she plans to continue her education and pursue a Master's Degree in Epidemiology. Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Member of the Presidential Honor Society

Member of UAlbany’s Honors College

Shannon Moquin, Shannon has interned at the GIHHR since January 2016. During her time at the GIHHR, her main role was in researching and organizing the Intensive English Language Program for Displaced Syrian students. She formatted the curriculum for IELP as well as other classes into the online format. She has also been involved with other research projects, such as the Child Rights in Afghanistan grant, and organizing the study tour for stakeholders in Turkish drug policy to study in various American and Canadian cities. She is currently conducting a comparative study on Internally Displaced Persons and their access to services in Syria and Iraq. Shannon is looking forward to working as an English instructor for the Syrian program next semester. She will graduate with a degree in Public Policy (Human Services Concentration) and Psychology in May 2018. She has hopes to study immigration and refugee law in the future.

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Member of Presidential Honor Society

Member of Honor’s College

Amy Martial,    
 
Dhanisha Nandigama, Dhanisha is a sophomore pursuing a major in biochemistry at the University at Albany. She will be graduating in May 2019. She joined GIHHR in June 2016. She began by working on the Syrian Refugee Project, where she took videos of lectures at the University at Albany for medical students in Aleppo, Syria. She later initiated a research project in India, in which she explores reasons why there is a lack of Indian women with HIV using helpline services. She is passionate about learning new avenues of public health, and is excited to be part of the GIHHR community. Presidential Honors Society
Member of University at Albany Honors College

Emma Oechsner,
 
Kira Oliver, Kira has worked at the GIHHR since the Spring of 2017. In December 2018, Kira will be graduating from the University at Albany with a major in Human Biology and minors of Medical Anthropology and Psychology. During her time as an intern she has helped coordinate the Advisory Board Meeting. After graduation, she plans to begin PA school and become a Physician’s Assistant. She hopes to continue work with Global Brigades, frequently traveling to Central America on medical brigades.

Member of the NSCS Scholars The University at Albany Women’s Club Soccer Alumni (2015-2018)

University at Albany Global Medical Brigades Chapter Secretary and Public Relations Chair                   

 
Christopher Paynter,
 
Paul Pangburn, Paul will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration. Beginning in October of 2016, Paul has been researching diversion programs for low-level drug users and a grant proposal for funding a program that intends to build better police and immigrant relations in the City of Albany. Future plans include attending graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in Economics.

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Member of the Presidential Honor Society

Member of UAlbany’s Honors College                   

Sam Quetchenbach, Sam will graduate in May 2019 with a political science degree from the University at Albany. Spring 2017 was Sam’s first semester with the GIHHR, during which he worked on several literary analysis projects. Sam plans on attending law school after he graduates in 2019. Dean’s List Member of the Presidential Honor Society Member of UAlbany’s Honors College
 
Yadurshini Raveedran, Yadurshini Raveendran graduated in Spring 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in English. During her time at the GIHHR, she worked on numerous projects including a grant for HIV/AIDS treatment for specific populations in Tajikistan and a project on fostering relations between law enforcement and refugee immigrants. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in either Infectious Disease or Biological Anthropology.

Lindsey Riback, Lindsey graduated in May 2017 with a bachelors of science in public health and a double minor of history and journalism. She will be going on to get her MPH in Epidemiology with a concentration in global health. Upon completing her master’s, it is Lindsey’s goal to to work in a community-based setting focusing on disease prevention, especially STD and HIV prevention. Eventually she would like to work for a non-profit organization as a health and human rights advocate, specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS such as those who have contracted the disease as a result of a human rights violation. During her time at GIHHR, Lindsey has worked on several grants, such as improving access to higher education in Afghanistan and improving the long-term care needs of the aging HIV population. She has also assisted Kamiar with several research papers, mainly focused on risk factors for injecting drug users in Iran. She has also completed her Honors College Thesis with Kamiar, which assessed the social and cultural factors contributing to HIV-status disclosure among the MSM population in New York City.

Member of the UAlbany Honors College

Dean’s List of Distinguished Students

Mary Rose Noonan,
 
Thania Rodas, Thania will graduate in May 2019 from the University at Albany.. She is a double major in HECH and Spanish with a minor in Criminal Justice. Spring 2017 was Thania’s first semester with the GIHHR, during which she worked on translating legal documents in Spanish to English and vice versa for lawyers, staff, and importantly, incarcerated individuals, which enables them to engage in self-advocacy.

Recipient of the Spellman Achievement Award of Academic excellence(2016-2017)

Dean’s List (Spring 2016)

Maya Sunar,
 
Shaber Seraj,
 
Mohammad Sarwar, Mohammad is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate at Rockefeller College; he will be graduating in May 2017. Mohammad is a research assistant at GIHHR with an interest in Health Policy.
 
Natalie Turner, Natalie graduated in May of 2017 with Bachelors of Science in Social Work and minors in neuroscience and psychology. She is an aspiring social worker and hopes to work with the aging population or in a medical setting. Eventually, she would also like to earn her PhD. Natalie worked as a Student Assistant and Project Coordinator. During her time here she helped set-up a substance abuse hotline in Turkey, developed proposals on increasing access to education for international students and professionals, organized a collaboration between Kurdish scholars and UAlbany faculty, and researched HIV laws and infectious diseases. Presidential Scholarship Dean’s List of Distinguished Students Member of the University at Albany Honors College Member of the Presidential Honors Society Member of NSCS AMGEN NIH Scholar (2016) President’s Award for Leadership - Great Dane Award (2016)President’s Award for Leadership - Outstanding Senior Award (2017)

Josepwalshh Walsh, Joe will be graduating in the Fall of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in political science and bioethics. He has been with the GIHHR since October 2015. During his time here, he has assisted with the development of several grant proposals and coordinated the Child’s Rights project in Afghanistan. He originally worked on the Health Law project helping with case study development with law students and co-instructors. Currently, he is researching HIV disclosure and risk behavior as well as HIV-specific criminal laws in the United States. After graduation, Joe plans on attending law school to pursue any number of interests including environmental law, IP law, and bioethics. Presidential Scholarship Dean’s List of Distinguished Students University at Albany Honors College                   
Haemi Won,
 
Xinyun Xu,
Billy Zakrzewski,