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.
The Stanford Global Health Student Council is an interdisciplinary student organization at Stanford University dedicated to strengthening the global health community on campus. Composed of undergraduate and graduate students, the Council works in close partnership with the Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH), Stanford’s premier global health research, education, and mentorship center.
Blending education with meaningful action, the Global Health Student Council’s mission is three-fold. Seeking to engage students and scholars from all parts of campus on global health issues, the Council seeks to create community among faculty, staff, and students interested in global health. To better inform young leaders, stakeholders, and the public about critical global health challenges, the Council aims to facilitate interdisciplinary learning about global health, both in and out of the classroom. Lastly, to provide needed experience and practical knowledge to future leaders in the field, the Council works to connect students to opportunities focused on underserved communities locally and abroad.
A diverse and interdisciplinary group, the Council is composed of undergraduates and graduates, premedical students, economists, biologists, and engineers — all with a shared interest in and passion for ensuring every single human being, no matter who they are or where they are from, has access to affordable and quality healthcare. We welcome any and all Stanford students to join our team, as we strive to include as many perspectives and voices as possible in our effort to improve health for all.
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Harika Kottakota is a senior from Burbank, CA, studying Biology with minors in Human Rights and African Studies, and is writing an interdisciplinary honors thesis in Science, Technology, and Society. Harika hopes to use her role on the GHSC’s Community Committee to create more opportunities for undergraduates to enter global health through mentorship and building a strong, diverse network of students across campus. Harika has been a research assistant and undergraduate coordinator for the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program, which advises international legal teams on the psychiatric impacts of human rights abuses. In Summer 2018, she served as a Donald Kennedy Service Fellow in central Uganda, working at the embraceKulture Amaanyi Empowerment Center, the first high school for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Harika also interned with Doctors Without Borders in Cape Town, South Africa, researching national protocols on Advanced HIV care. Harika returned to western Uganda in 2019 as a field research assistant studying WASH in rural healthcare facilities. Outside of global health, Harika enjoys writing poetry and photography.
Anpo Jensen is a senior 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 is a junior from Maple Grove, MN studying economics and public health. Mina is interested in health disparities in urban centers and hopes to examine the interplay between health policy, finance, and communication. As part of Dr. Mark McGovern’s research team at the Center for Behavioral Health Services and Implementation Research, Mina has strong research interests in the healthcare response to the opioid epidemic as well as implementation sciences. In the future, she aspires to practice as a physician and work in health policy. Mina also loves 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.
Adithi is a junior 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 (‘20) is a senior at Stanford studying Computer Science, specializing in Biocomputation. She presented her abstract on Care Community at the Third Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening and hasa keen interest in applying frugal innovations to increase access to medical care, at the intersection of medicine and technology. 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 playing the violin, exploring new genres of music, and rock climbing.
Edric Zeng (‘19) is a senior 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!
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.
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.
Panos Vandris (’21) is a junior at Stanford majoring in Biology and Comparative Literature. Passionate about improving access to and quality of care, he volunteers at Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Cardinal Free Clinics and works for Project ECHO T1D in the Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes. His foreign language experience in Greek, Spanish, and Mandarin and engagement with the medical humanities have instilled in him a deep appreciation for culturally competent care and effective science communication. As president of Stanford Undergraduate Neuroscience Society, co-president of Stanford Undergraduate Research Association, and director of Stanford Premedical Conference, he also loves building community among undergraduates who share the same interests and ambitions. In his free time, he enjoys reading novels, watching films, and listening his way through Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Alexandra Crew is in the class of 2020 and is studying Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She grew up in Portland, OR, where she became a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys sharing this practice with others. She is currently a Campus Ambassador for Genentech, a biotech company fighting disease globally, supports research in a stem cell lab at Stanford’s School of Medicine, and tutors in oral communication at Stanford’s Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Her interest in health ranges from addressing health disparities in the US to mitigating infectious disease globally, and she is excited to learn more about community health in Cape Town in the spring of 2019.
Sarah Chen (‘21) is junior at Stanford University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is originally from Orange County, California, where she spent most of her life. As the co-founder for Stanford Coalition to Healthcare Reform, Sarah is working with Vaden Health Center, the Stanford Hospital, and Stanford administrators to improve student healthcare on campus. Sarah strives to educate herself and others on the diverse ways students of any discipline can be involved in global health. Aside from global health, Sarah spends her free time singing opera, finding hidden gems on Spotify, and hiking with family and friends.
Michele Holtkamp (‘20) is a junior at Stanford majoring in Management Science & Engineering and minoring in Human Biology with a focus on Global Health. She is interested in the intersections of business, technology, and health. Her global health interests include the access to medicine in developing countries, particularly for maternal and neonatal patients and health care policies across the world. She has been an active member of the Stanford Lightweight Rowing team since 2016, and enjoys many sporting activities including cycling, backpacking, and nordic skiing. She speaks German and French, and loves to travel to new places, spend time outdoors, cook, and listen to podcasts. She is excited about working with fellow council members to foster a strong, interdisciplinary community on and around campus that allows students to learn about and explore their interests in the field of global health.
Sofia Singer is a senior from the Bronx, NY, studying Medical Anthropology and Human Biology. Through her experiences, Sofia has become committed to addressing global health challenges and human rights abuses, particularly against infants and children. She has carried out work in Tanzania on implementation of PEPFAR’s HIV/AIDS interventions, in Paraguay on access to emergency care for indigenous families, and in Uttar Pradesh, India on adherence to skin to skin care for premature infants and subsequently on strengthening services for women facing violence. Currently, she’s working on a project to equip Syrian refugees in Lebanon with mental health coping and communication skills. 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.
Isabella Duan (‘21) is a junior who is majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in anthropology and minoring in Symbolic Systems with a focus in linguistics. Originally from Hillsborough, CA, she has only moved 20 miles south of her hometown for college! On campus, Isabella competes on Stanford’s Lightweight Rowing team, volunteers with Cardinal Free Clinics, and conducts pharmaceutical research on diabetic retinopathy. Through her collaboration with the Nepal Ambulance System on emergency care system development, she has been predominantly been exposed to global health through the lense of international emergency medicine but hopes to tie other dimensions, including her interest in epidemiology, into her future explorations of what global health means.
Dawson Sproul (‘22) is a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Human Biology. He was born and raised in a small town of 2,000 people in rural Kansas. At Stanford, he has been a member of both Stanford Speaker’s Bureau as well as 5-Sure on Foot. He enjoys driving around with friends and listening to his custom-made, monthly playlists of indie-alternative music, spending time with his 60-lb bulldog, and is eager to foster a community of peers who are interested in global health disparities. His global health interests include water sanitation, infectious disease, and increasing access to health care for underrepresented communities, which he works to do as a lab assistant for the Pacific Free Clinic. Dawson hopes to educate the Stanford community about the broad field of global health and provide them with an outlet to explore their interests as well as discover new global health passions of his own.
Caroline Huang (’21) is a junior majoring in Human Biology with a focus on health policy and infectious diseases. She is interested in exploring the determinants of healthcare disparities around the world and improving health education. In the past year, she has served as the Education Officer of Partners In Health, researched under the Bio-X Undergraduate Fellowship, and volunteered in the Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Caroline is especially passionate about disability rights and is involved in activism organizations on campus such as Power2Act and SenseConnect. She loves to go food hunting with friends, basking in the Stanford sunshine on grassy fields, and enjoying a good cup of latte.
Jennifer Vu (‘21) is a sophomore at Stanford studying Human Biology and Education. Within HumBio, she is interested in exploring the intersection of global child health and infectious diseases. Her global health interests stem from growing up in Singapore, Germany, and New York. These experiences influenced her interests in exploring and respecting new spaces and advocating for equitable access to health care resources and higher education. On campus, she enjoys spending time as a coxswain on the Women’s Lightweight Rowing team, volunteering with Arbor Free Clinic, and engaging in public service through the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association. She can also be found enjoying the outdoors, making Spotify playlists, and finding new study spots around and off campus.
Rebecca Spencer (‘22) is a sophomore studying East Asian Studies and Human Biology. She first became interested in global health her freshman year, when she took on a research project about the after-effects of rapid industrialization on the health of factory workers in South Korean industry. Since then, she has become very interested in researching demographics in East Asia, especially in concern with aging populations, elderly care, and the future for healthcare systems. When not in class, Rebecca spends her time dancing with the Stanford Bhangra dance team, lifeguarding at the campus pool, and looking for the sunniest spots on campus!