Stanford Global Health Student Council

The Global Health Student Council, working in partnership with the Center for Innovation in Global Health, is composed of undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds committed to strengthening the global health community on campus.

Mission

  • To create community among faculty, staff, and students interested in global health.
  • To facilitate interdisciplinary learning about global health, both in and out of the classroom.
  • To connect students to opportunities focused on underserved communities locally and abroad.

     

Meet the Student Council Leaders

Get involved

For more information, please email cigh_studentcouncil@lists.stanford.edu!

Sofia Singer, President

Sofia Singer is a Junior from the Bronx, NY, studying Medical Anthropology and International Relations. Through her experiences, Sofia has become committed to addressing human rights abuses, particularly against infants and children. She has worked in Mbeya, Tanzania, to help carry out the PEPFAR initiative aimed at reducing incidence rates of HIV/AIDS. More recently, she carried out research in Lucknow, India, that addressed the high rates of premature births in the region. Currently, Sofia’s working on a project through Stanford’s d.school aimed at increasing access to reliable emergency care in an indigenous community in Paraguay. Sofia speaks Hindi and Italian, enjoys coaching gymnastics to young girls, and is excited to help foster a community that creates meaningful relationships and a support network for any student interested in global health. 

Andrea Lund, Communications

Andrea Lund is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. She studies how human interactions with the environment, through agricultural livelihoods and other daily activities, affect risk for schistosomiasis in northern Senegal. Her research also considers how environmental interventions for infectious diseases could become more integrated into control strategies in developing countries. Andrea has also spent time learning about infectious disease and global health in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic and spent a few years chasing mosquitoes in urban Atlanta. Through the Council, Andrea is excited to help connect people interested in global health across Stanford to each other and to resources for developing meaningful careers in the field.

Edric Zeng, Communications

Edric Zeng (‘19) is a junior at Stanford majoring in Human Biology. In 2016, he completed a Haas service-learning fellowship with Child Family Health International in social determinants of child and maternal health in Accra, Ghana. In 2017, he worked with Dr. Christopher Gardner and the Crum Lab, studying the impacts of attitudes towards healthy foods on eating outcomes in children. He speaks English and Spanish, loves singing with Stanford Talisman, and is excited to help foster an undergrad global health community at Stanford!

Laura Kwong, Engage Lead

Laura Kwong is a post-doc in Civil & Environmental Engineering who focuses on understanding the relative importance of food, water, soil, hands, and objects to a child's exposure to fecal contamination. She has also worked on container-based sanitation projects in Peru, Bangladesh, and Kenya. Laura is part of the PoopGroup with Jenna Davis, the Practical Approaches to Global Health Research Lab with Steve Luby, and the Natural Capital Project. 

Nick Shankar, Communications

Nick Shankar (‘20) is a sophomore at Stanford University studying Economics with a focus on health and development. Dedicated to helping raise living standards worldwide through sound health and strong institutions, Nick currently studies the Indian health system’s structural capacity to ensure the survival of mothers and infants through a fellowship with the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development. As an associate editor at the Stanford Journal of Public Health, as well as co-founder and co-president of the Stanford Global Development Association, Nick actively works towards a deeper understanding of how health care systems can be changed to be more effective, efficient, and sustainable through advanced coursework, research pursuits, and collaborations with other students. 

Harika Kottakota, Engage Lead

Harika Kottakota (‘20) is committed to using her role on the Global Health Student Council to expand accessibility and community around global health for Stanford undergraduates. She has worked closely with the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program to help survivors of human rights abuses receive mental healthcare reparations around the world (including in the USA, Kenya, and Uganda) through international courts. As a research assistant in a translational neuro-immunology lab, Harika is learning about current challenges to our understanding of molecular complexities in neurodegenerative diseases. She also has a deep commitment to serving communities affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities and is an Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Public Health. Outside of health and medicine, Harika enjoys writing poetry and reading novels.

Anpo Jensen, Engage Lead

Anpo Jensen is a Junior at Stanford University majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering. Her focus is on infrastructure and sustainable designs. She interned at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 3 years before researching COPD at Women’s Brigham Hospital through the Four Directions Harvard Summer Program. While her interests range from engineering to medicine, she hopes, one day, to utilize her engineering skills and passion for cultural competency to contribute to the improvement of the global health crisis in developing countries. At Stanford, she hopes to assist in the creation of an interdisciplinary Global Health Community. Anpo loves to run, speak Lakota, and keeps up cultural practices. 

Mina Yuan, Experience Lead

Mina Yuan is a freshman from Maple Grove, MN who plans to study economics and public health. Mina is interested in health disparities in urban centers and, as a former reporter for youth magazine ThreeSixty Magazine, hopes to examine how young voices can contribute to the dialogue surrounding public health policy. As part of Professor Mark McGovern’s research team at the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Implementation Research, Mina is also learning about healthcare’s response to the U.S. opioid epidemic. In the future, she aspires to practice as a physician and work in health policy. Mina loves learning Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish, playing taiko, and listening to Freakonomics podcast episodes. As part of the Council, she is excited to help foster a thriving undergraduate global health community at Stanford.

Chris LeBoa, Experience Lead

Chris LaBoa is a junior at Stanford in Human Biology concentrating in Disease Ecology Track.  His work focuses on the intersection of environmental degradation and the spread of pathogens in a variety of ecosystems. He also runs Students for a Sustainable Stanford, an environmental group focused on expanding sustainability education and improving environmental policy on and off the Stanford Campus.  He hopes to work one day on disease outbreak investigations or environmental interventions to stop the spread of disease. 

Adithi Iyer, Experience Lead

Adithi Iyer is a sophomore here at Stanford. She’s passionate about global health systems and policy, with a background in education policy and biomedical research. She wishes to use her time at Stanford to shape the world through a compassionate, empowering lens and take that perspective to the field of global health. When not thinking about global health systems, Adithi writes, raids the self-help section of Barnes and Noble, makes jewelry, and sings Indian classical music.

Durga Ganesh, Logistics Chair

Durga Ganesh (‘20) is a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Computer Science, specializing in Biocomputation. She presented her abstract on Care Community at the Third Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening and has a keen interest in improving access to maternal and neonatal care. Durga conducts biocomputational research in immunology and enjoys volunteering at Stanford’s Pacific Free Clinic. She looks forward to promoting a community of students committed to global health through the Council. Durga also enjoys rock climbing, playing the violin, and exploring new genres of music.