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Meet Your Student Orientation Leaders

Eiman Ahmed

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Giovanni Appolon

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Mehreen Arif

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Tanya Braune

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Chuang Chen

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Nicole Gracias

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Pakhtana Hamed

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Avanthi Hulugalle

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Saara Kaudeyr

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Lindsey Killett

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Amber McLeod

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McKenzie Pickett

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Kristina Sokourenko

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Eiman Ahmed

Eiman is a first-year student with a Global Health concentration, she was born in Port Sudan, Sudan. Attended school in four different African countries, She earned her medical degree from Khartoum, Sudan where she received a bachelor degree in medicine and surgery. During her practice as a physician in Sudan, she was exposed to different uncontrolled diseases that brought to her attention that these diseases could be prevented if there was a clear public health policy and that made her think constantly on pursuing a public health degree were she will not only help to treat diseases but also control and prevent them.

Giovanni Appolon

Giovanni is a part time MPH student with a concentration in epidemiology. He was born in Brooklyn and lived in New York his whole life. He obtained his BS in respiratory care from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and worked in Pittsburgh for a year before moving back to New York. Currently he works full time as a Respiratory Therapist in New York Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights. His future goal after his mph is to obtain his PhD in Epidemiology and start his research in chronic respiratory diseases.

Mehreen Arif

Mehreen is a second-year student in the Global Public Health concentration. She was born and raised in Lahore (the city of gardens) in Pakistan. Growing up Mehreen was always interested in the sciences and the humanities given her love for Biology and strong penchant for Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and English at the George Washington University, in Washington DC. At GWU Mehreen pursued undergraduate research on the environmental effects of industrial grade neonicotinoid pesticides and herbicides on honeybee populations. But it was her work at the English department that inspired her to pursue Global Public Health. Examining the realm of gender, queer and disability studies sparked her interest in public health and health inequities in minority communities. Mehreen decided to pursue an M.P.H at NYU because she believes that NYU GPH is at the forefront of providing students a multidisciplinary and skills based education to tackle all sorts of public health problems, in all sorts of organizations, whether domestically or globally. As an immigrant to the United States herself, Mehreen is passionate about refugee and migrant health and human rights violations and addressing health disparities in LMIC countries. Through NYU Mehreen was afforded the opportunity to study the refugee crisis in Italy and was recently awarded the NYU Gallatin Human Rights Fellowship.

Tanya Braune

Tanya is a second year Public Health Nutrition student. She was born in Switzerland, grew up in France and Thailand, and attended the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, where she completed a BSc. in Nutrition and Food Science. She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. She was a research assistant for a human intervention trial at the University of Reading. She will be doing her applied practical experience with the Children's Nutrition Program in Haiti over Summer 2017. She is currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Parekh and Dr. Deierlein on a pilot study to test and modify the use of a web-based pictorial dietary assessment tool in children.

Chuang Chen

Chuang is a second-year student in the Biostatistics concentration. She is an international student, and she comes from China. Chuang graduated from West China School of Public health of Sichuan University and got the bachelor's degree in Preventive Medicine. She decided to pursue a MPH at GPH gain more knowledge about statistical method in public health field. During summer, she worked as graduate research assistant in Family Translational Research Group (FTRG) to gain more experience to deal with public health data set. Chuang pursues to be a data scientist in public health in the future.

Omar Elkeshk

Omar is in his second year as a Health Policy and Management student. He was raised in New Jersey and is a daily commuter into New York. Omar received his bachelors of science degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from the University of Scranton. He was first introduced to public health on a medical mission trip to Peru where he volunteered in a rural clinic that served underrepresented populations. Upon graduation, Omar found himself working as a financial analyst for a small nonprofit organization that serves developmentally disabled people in the tristate area. He now has taken the opportunity to intern at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, working with the COO as part of the transformation team. After receiving his MPH degree, Omar wishes to work in hospital administration or public health consulting.

Nellie Gottlieb

Nellie is a second year MPH student on the Epidemiology track. She completed her BS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Community and Environmental Sociology. Prior to starting her Masters, Nellie worked to complete clinical research trials for HIV vaccines. Her main interests include infectious disease research and food-borne illness surveillance.

Nicole Gracias

Nicole is a second year MPH student in the Health Policy and Management track, with a focus in management. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went on to graduate with her B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago before coming to NYU. A medical/public health brigade to Ghana during college sparked her interest in the field of public health. Nicole currently works for NYU Langone Medical Center as a research intern on the project called "Dentistry United to Extinguish Tobacco". Over the summer, Nicole completed her internship at a dental public health clinic called "Exalta Health" in Michigan, working toward improving measurement and assessment of dental outcomes and management of dental electronic medical records.

Pakhtana Hamed

Pakhtana is a second-year student in the Health Policy & Management track, with an emphasis in Health Policy. She was born and raised in the United States, with familial Afghan roots and considers herself Afghan-American. Pakhtana graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is also on the pre-med track and hopes to one day apply to medical school.

Avanthi Hulugalle

Avanthi is a second-year student in the Global Health Concentration. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She also completed her undergraduate degree in Southern California at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Avanthi is currently associate director of research for one of GPH's lab - The Reproductive Health and Health System's lab and is a Research Consultant at the Research Alliance part of NYU Steinhardt. After completing her masters, Avanthi would like to enroll in a PhD program and continue to research Reproductive Health.

Saara Kaudeyr

Saara is a second year MPH student in the Community and International Health concentration. Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Saara attended the College of William & Mary and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Public Health. She became interested in public health through exposure to courses that highlighted the disparities in health outcomes among so many minority groups. Internship and volunteer experiences and service trips further strengthened her resolve to enter the field.

Lindsey Killett

Lindsey is a second-year student in the Global Health concentration. She was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Public Health, Lindsey served at a community health center as an AmeriCorps Community Health corps member in Peekskill, NY. Currently Lindsey is working as the GPH office aide and on her free time volunteers at the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) headquarters. She is also the Executive Director of the Health and Human Rights Association and participates in the Population Health Innovation Lab.

Amber McLeod

Amber is a second-year student in the Global Health concentration. She was born and raised in Somerset, New Jersey. Amber graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in fine arts. Initially aspiring to become a physician, she spent time as an emergency room clinical research assistant working with physicians to determine alternative treatment methods for UTIs and peripheral intravenous insertions. She then came to witness the ineffectuality and lack of innovation in the current health systems for patient/community care. This kicked started her initiative to work with the community to improve access to healthcare and increase preventative behaviors. As a biology teaching assistant, she developed an interest in working with students to encourage them to take pride in what they do. Combining her love for teaching and health, she applied her skills to the global health initiatives within the community of Cajamarca, Peru. Her goal is to continue to build strong relationships and work closely with the community to develop sustainable cost-effective health and education programs to reduce economic and medical deficits.

McKenzie Pickett

McKenzie is a second year NYU Master of Global Public Health student and loving (almost) every minute of it. She received a BS in biology with a minor in International Studies in 2015 and worked with a veteran’s, grassroots nonprofit organization as a Marketing and Development Specialist in Milwaukee, WI before coming to NYU. McKenzie spent her first year at GPH as a Student Representative on the Student Governing Council (SGC). This year, McKenzie is a co-President for the SGC and looks forward to helping in the activation and empowerment the GPH community in students’ studies, community creation, and political engagement. If you have ideas on ways to enhance the GPH community, please reach out to Ms. Pickett.

Kristina Sokourenko

Kristina is a second year masters student in the Bioethics program. Throughout her time in New York, she has worked with several public health initiatives: a social work program in Bellevue Hospital, a microbiome laboratory at Langone Medical Center and an urban farm in Red Hook. She recently finished interning with the Medical Services Division at the UN, and is interested in seeing how the social determinants of health vary across the international landscape. She is passionate about the overlap between medicine and the environment, and hopes to one day revolutionize institutional food procurement.

Christy Wysota

Christy Wysota is a second-year MPH student in the social and behavioral science concentration. She was born and raised on Long Island, NY. In 2016, she received her BS in Health Behavior Science from University of Delaware with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to beginning the MPH program at GPH, Christy worked as a Co-Investigator and carried out a project on the co-occurrence of tobacco use and food security. Her research has been published and is entitled: Characterizing Cardiovascular Health and Evaluating a Low-Intensity Intervention to Promote Smoking Cessation in a Food-Assistance Population. Christy currently works as a research assistant in the Social Epidemiology and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Program at NYU where she researches how to prevent secondary stroke.