Teamwork in Tijuana

Training with UCSD research team on campus to learn blood and sputum processing techniques so I can successfully collect samples in TJ This summer, I am conducting a clinical study at Tijuana (TJ) General Hospital’s Clinica de Tuberculosis in TJ, Mexico to improve the accuracy and usability of a prototype assay which was designed to … Continue reading Teamwork in Tijuana

I swear I was doing research in Chile too

I have been lucky to gain unique insights into global health challenges by working with this cohort in Santiago, Chile. Chile underwent extremely rapid economic growth when this cohort was recruited at infancy, changing from a low- to high- income country in this time. This rapid progression brought about analogous epidemiological changes with regards to … Continue reading I swear I was doing research in Chile too

In Search of a Rare Allele: Breast Cancer Genomics in Peru

This summer in Peru I have worked on a study led by Dr. Laura Fejerman of UCSF School of Medicine that aims to better understand the problem of breast cancer genetics in Latina women, specifically Latina women of high indigenous ancestry. My first contact with Dr. Fejerman was in October 2016, as I started investigating … Continue reading In Search of a Rare Allele: Breast Cancer Genomics in Peru

Mountains Beyond Mountains: A Peripatetic Mzungu On the Hunt for Drugs in Uganda

Brief recap of what I did this summer. 16 June: MS1 ended (whoo) 17 June – 21 June: kicked it in Santa Barbara, LA, and Big Bear, where I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain to train for Mt. Kilimanjaro 22 June: flew from LAX à Amsterdam à Kilimanjaro 23 June – July 3: climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with … Continue reading Mountains Beyond Mountains: A Peripatetic Mzungu On the Hunt for Drugs in Uganda

Integrating an Alcohol and Violence Screening and Brief Intervention into HIV Post-test Counseling: Observations from a Ugandan Fishing Community on Lake Victoria

It was 11:00am on a hot July day. Inside a small green tent in a rural fishing village on the banks of Lake Victoria, an HIV counselor was speaking with two local women about a new study related to alcohol use and intimate partner violence. Outside, an intoxicated fisherman staggered around the tent, hollering unintelligible … Continue reading Integrating an Alcohol and Violence Screening and Brief Intervention into HIV Post-test Counseling: Observations from a Ugandan Fishing Community on Lake Victoria

Research in Quito

Hola! This will be my first time fully explaining what I’ve been researching here in Quito in English. I’ve become accustomed to giving brief synopses of my work to my host family, new friends I meet, cab drivers, store owners, etc. in Spanish and actually, my research has been conducted 100% in Spanish as well. … Continue reading Research in Quito

Força

Força! A professor enthusiastically told me after I described the project our team was working on, and I thought to myself: force? What did he mean? Força is a term of encouragement offering energy and motivation to keep doing what you are doing. Everyone here has been very supportive, enthusiastic, and dedicated to the research … Continue reading Força

Uganda, the first of hopefully many visits.

With four weeks down and four to go, I can confidently say I love this country. After a 33 hour trip, I landed in Uganda for the first time. While Kampala is one of the most crowded and busy cities I’ve ever seen and there seems to be a frightening lack of enforced traffic laws, … Continue reading Uganda, the first of hopefully many visits.

Las primeras Aventuras en Ecuador de Li-Li

I have officially been in Ecuador for 1 week and 1 day! It has been quite the adventure thus far. I arrived after midnight and thus stayed in a hotel in Quito my first night. I met my coworkers and host family the next day. I could not be any luckier; my host family is … Continue reading Las primeras Aventuras en Ecuador de Li-Li

Nutrition and nature around Santiago, Chile

Living in Santiago and hanging out at the University of Chile, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology over the last two months has been dope!  After working with Dr. Sheila Gahagan at UC San Diego Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health, and corresponding with Dr. Raquel Burrows and Dr. Paulina Correa through email, I was … Continue reading Nutrition and nature around Santiago, Chile