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.Follow us on Facebook
Sofia Singer is a senior 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.
Harika Kottakota, a junor, 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 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 is a sophomore 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.
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 junior 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.
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 sophomore 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 and the CHARIOT Program. 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 co-director of the Stanford Research Conference and 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 sophomore 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.