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Meet our new cohort of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows at USAID!

USAID has been a long-time host of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, which gives scientists and engineers with a doctoral degree an opportunity to work in Congress and in federal agencies on policy issues. Fellows are placed in Washington, D.C. for one year with the option to extend for a second. In the USAID Bureau of Global Health, Fellows bring a thirst for understanding the challenges facing global health and development and apply their expertise to reach across boundaries to develop solutions.

Christopher Coleman Leary, Ph.D.

Christopher Coleman Leary Ph.D.

As a mathematician, Chris Leary’s work is primarily focused on theoretical mathematical epidemiology. He is joining the USAID Bureau for Global Health as an AAAS Fellow – from a teaching position at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, where he holds the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor. He has also worked on epidemiological problems with the Institut für Medizinische Biometrie at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Chris is working in the Data Analytics Hub in the USAID Bureau for Global Health.

 

Kristina Monroe Bishop, Ph.D.

Kristina Monroe Bishop, Ph.D.

As a professional with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit, government, and higher education fields, Kristina has built a diverse portfolio of work in the United States and southern Africa. Formerly, she was the director of a master’s program in Development Practice at the University of Arizona. As an AAAS Fellow, she is working in the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programing in the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS. Her work will be focused on various behavior interventions, testing and counseling services, antiretroviral therapy adherence, and girls and young women programming.

 

Jennifer Armistead, Ph.D., MSc, MPH

Jennifer Armistead, Ph.D., MSc, MPH

Jennifer (Jen) is an entomologist and microbiologist with a background in both vector-borne disease research and public health, with a focus on malaria. She was formerly a researcher at NIH/NIAID where she worked in the Laboratory for Malaria and Vector Research. Prior to this, Jennifer established and managed an insectary for malaria transmission research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia. Jennifer has an MPH and Ph.D. in molecular microbiology and immunology from Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer is passionate about being active in her community and has served as president and executive board member of the Virginia Mosquito Control Association.

 

Robin Miller, Ph.D.

Robin Miller, Ph.D.

Robin is a parasitologist by training with a background in molecular epidemiology. She also has experience developing new tools for the detection and surveillance of malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Robin received her Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University. She has investigated HIV-malaria co-infection in Western Kenya and led malaria detection trainings in Nigeria. As an AAAS Fellow and technical advisor, Robin will be working with the Malaria Vaccine Development Program and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

 

Lydia Abebe, Ph.D., MSE

 Lydia Abebe, Ph.D., MSE

Lydia is a global health research specialist with a background in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and a focus on low-tech innovations and environmental health conditions in health facilities. She is joining us from the School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she held a dual appointment at the Water Institute and the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department as project manager and postdoctoral fellow. During her time as a project manager, she investigated environmental deficiencies in health care facilities and how those deficiencies affected delivery of health services. She has completed worked in antimicrobial resistance, WASH, health research, and environmental research. She has also worked on projects with the World Health Organization and UNICEF. She has worked in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Switzerland, and South Africa and speaks Amharic and French. Lydia has an MSE and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia.

 

Thomas Barnum, Ph.D., MSc

Thomas Barnum, Ph.D., MSc

Thomas Barnum earned a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and spent the last three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). He also has a master’s from Auburn University in Entomology. His doctoral research used network analysis to examine how species loss affected food web structure in Neotropical streams. During his last year at the Smithsonian, his research began to examine whether restoration efforts of streams were “successful” and if predictions could be made for where conservation efforts would yield the greatest effects with limited resource pools. Thomas is proficient with data analytic technology, such as the R programming language. As an AAAS Fellow, Thomas will be working in the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s Analytics Hub where he will be analyzing large data sets, such as the Demographic Health Survey, to provide analytical support for decision-makers.

 

Sangeeta Rana, MD, MPH

Sangeeta Rana, MD, MPH

Sangeeta is a public health physician with experience in global health policy, health services research, and communicable disease control. Sangeeta is currently a AAAS Fellow with the Prevention, Care and Treatment Division, Office of HIV/AIDS; prior to joining USAID, she was a fellow with the State Department, working on health, science and technology issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Her professional interests are in global health and infectious diseases. Prior to the fellowship, Sangeeta was practicing public health medicine in London. She has worked globally in public health and clinical medicine, including a year with the Government of Nepal Health Research Council as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, and researched health policies in the United States, Brazil, China, Ghana, and Nepal. Sangeeta earned her medical degree from King’s College, London, Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Ryan B. Mahoney, MS

Ryan B. Mahoney, MS

Ryan B. Mahoney is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and WASH Advisor at the Division of Nutrition and Environmental Health at USAID. Previously Mr. Mahoney served as Project Director for the WASH Benefits Study at Innovations for Poverty Action Kenya. Ryan spent over two years in western Kenya as the lead for logistics, implementation and financial reporting/budgeting. He has held health-related project meetings with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners in India, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand. Ryan completed a certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder. Ryan has a passion for service and has significant experience as a volunteer with Engineers Without Borders – USA. He has worked with the organization since 2007 and led seven trips to the field in Honduras and Peru. Ryan holds an MS from CU Boulder and a BS from Northeastern University, both in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

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Last updated: February 08, 2018

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