Rasa Izadnegahdar, M.D., has extensive global health experience in West Africa and Cambodia. As part of his fellowship, he recently completed a Masters of Public Health and was awarded an Early Career Investigator Award from the Thrasher Foundation to explore diagnostic options for tuberculosis using stool samples in low-resource settings. This research project is a sub-study of a large, multi-country investigation of the etiology of pediatric pneumonia (PERCH), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rasa is interested in medical education and capacity building for low-resource settings.
Rachael Bonawitz, M.D., has extensive experience performing clinical research in Ghana and Botswana. As a former Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, she explored HAART utilization in hospitalized patients at Princess Marina Hospital, Botswana. She is currently studying epidemiology and biostatistics while obtaining her Masters of Science in epidemiology at Boston University's School of Public Health. She plans to pursue an applied research project examining health systems strengthening for HIV/AIDS programming in sub-Saharan Africa.