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Kenneth Freedberg, MD, MSc

Dr. Freedberg is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is the Director of MPEC, Director of the Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, and Director of the Program in HIV Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests focus on HIV and tuberculosis, as well as other chronic disease clinical outcomes and health policy, utilizing the methods of comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness analysis, clinical epidemiology, and implementation science.

Dr. Freedberg earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and also holds an MSc from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH

Dr. Bassett is an infectious disease physician and clinical investigator with a focus on developing and evaluating innovative strategies for improving engagement in HIV and TB care and prevention in South Africa. Using a variety of methods, including observational cohort studies, randomized trials, mixed methods, and implementation science, she has been collaborating with South African researchers and clinicians since 2004. Dr. Bassett is particularly interested in community-based interventions outside of the “bricks and mortar” health care system. She is the recipient of an NIH midcareer investigator award (K24) dedicated to mentoring early career investigators.

Dr. Bassett serves as the Co-Director of MPEC and Director of the Developmental and Mentoring Core at the Harvard University Center for AIDS. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and earned her MD from Harvard Medical School and MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Lisa Bebell, MD

A cross-disciplinary clinical researcher trained in infectious diseases and critical care medicine, Dr. Bebell’s clinical and translational research focuses on how infections in pregnancy and the peripartum period affect maternal and child health outcomes. Her current projects investigate differences in placental structure, function, and metabolism; microbiology and antimicrobial resistance of maternal and neonatal infections; and the effects of maternal HIV infection on early-life immune development. Dr. Bebell partners with obstetricians, pediatricians, immunologists, computational biologists, and biostatisticians to carry out multidisciplinary research on these topics in Uganda and other resource-limited settings.

She is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Medicine at MGH in the Infectious Diseases Unit. She received her MD from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Andrea Ciaranello, MD, MPH

Dr. Ciaranello is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves as director of the Perinatal Infectious Disease Program at MGH and Director of the Program in Health Economics and Modeling at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research.

She is also Co-Chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Treatment of Pregnant Women with HIV Infection and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission, and has served as technical consultant for UNAIDS and WHO about simulation modeling and cost-effectiveness related to pediatric HIV and mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Her research interests involve the use of simulation models to examine the long-term clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of strategies to care for women, children, and adolescents living with and at risk for HIV. Dr. Ciaranello also uses modeling methods to evaluate strategies to prevent and manage COVID-19 and is working with public K-12 schools to guide safe in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Ciaranello earned an MD from the Yale School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Caitlin Dugdale, MD

Dr. Dugdale is an adult infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and MPEC research faculty.

Her research focuses on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to promote maternal and child health and reduce vertical transmission of HIV in resource-limited settings.

She earned her MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine.


Esther Freeman, MD, PhD

Dr. Freeman is a physician-scientist performing epidemiological research in the area of HIV dermatology and global health. Her area of interest is in HIV-associated malignancies, including Kaposi’s sarcoma. She has received the most highly cited author award in Epidemiology in AIDS. She is a consultant in the area of HIV-associated skin disease to the World Health Organization and the Director of Global Health Dermatology at MGH.

Since 2020, Dr. Freeman has been researching the effects of COVID-19 on the skin, in collaboration with the American Academy of Dermatology and the International League of Dermatologic Societies. Dr. Freeman established the American Academy of Dermatology registry of COVID-19 skin complaints, which was one of the first to identify the symptom of COVID toes. In addition to her research on COVID-19 dermatology, her work has been cited extensively in the lay press, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Freeman is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her MD from Harvard Medical School.


Emily Hyle, MD, MSc

Dr. Hyle is an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Her research interests include using cost-effectiveness analysis to investigate policy-relevant questions for the clinical care of people with HIV, including point-of-care technologies, virologic resistance, and non-communicable diseases among people with HIV, in the US and resource-limited settings. Dr. Hyle also collaborates with the Global TravEpiNet Consortium to investigate the cost-effectiveness of pre-travel medicine.

Dr. Hyle earned her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a DTMH from the Gorgas Institute in Lima, Peru and an MSc in Epidemiology for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Jennifer Manne-Goehler, MD, DSc

Dr. Manne-Goehler is an adult infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of HIV and metabolic disease. She serves as a co-investigator on the Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) cohort study and is a co-founder of the Global Health + Population Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic diseases (HPACC). Her current projects include NIH-funded research on the prevention of metabolic disease in people with HIV and application of computer vision methods to improve evaluation of diabetes risk in this population.

Dr. Manne-Goehler has also served as an advisor to the World Health Organization regarding their global diabetes strategy. She maintains secondary research interests in Chagas disease and gender equity in academic medicine.

Dr. Manne-Goehler is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and received her MD from Boston University and her DSc from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Suzanne McCluskey, MD

Dr. McCluskey’s research focuses on the epidemiology and management of HIV treatment failure and antiretroviral drug resistance in resource-limited settings with projects based in Mbarara, Uganda and KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Her current work aims to explore novel strategies to more accurately differentiate between patients failing therapy with resistant versus wild-type virus and to evaluate the impact of HIV drug resistance and adherence patterns on the effectiveness of dolutegravir-based anti-retroviral therapy regimens in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. McCluskey is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Medicine in the MGH Division of Infectious Diseases, where she serves on the Infectious Diseases consult service. She received her MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.


Anne Neilan, MD, MPH

Dr. Neilan is a medicine and pediatrics-trained adult infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical and research interests focus on adolescents and young adults.

In her work at MPEC, she uses computer simulation modeling to inform optimal care strategies for adolescents with HIV and at risk of HIV. She is also the Director of the Modeling Core for the national Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions and a member of American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Pediatric HIV/AIDS.

She earned her MD and MPH from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and a Fogarty Scholar in Peru.


Crystal North, MD, MPH

Dr. North’s research focuses on characterizing the epidemiology of chronic lung disease in resource-limited settings. She currently leads projects based in Mbarara and Kampala, Uganda and collaborates on projects in Bangladesh. Her current projects include NIH-funded research on the influence of environmental and infectious exposures on lung health among people living with HIV. Dr. North maintains secondary research interests in COVID-19 clinical epidemiology and treatment outcomes.

Dr. North is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate in Global Health at MGH Center for Global Health, and a visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She earned her MD from the University of Washington and her MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Krishna Reddy, MD, MS

Dr. Reddy is a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

His research program focuses on informing clinical and public health policy for tuberculosis, HIV-related comorbidities, and tobacco and nicotine in the US and internationally. He applies methods of simulation modeling, clinical epidemiology, and cost-effectiveness analysis to study policy-relevant clinical and economic outcomes.

Dr. Reddy earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MS from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and a Fogarty Scholar in Peru.


Fatma Shebl, MD, PhD

Dr. Shebl is the Director of Biometry for MPEC and a Member of the Faculty at Harvard Medical School. After receiving her PhD in 2008 , she was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and then joined the faculty at the Yale School of Public Health where she taught advanced analytic methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology courses.

Dr. Shebl’s research interests are in the areas of infectious disease epidemiology and its intersection with chronic diseases and cancers. Dr. Shebl is also interested in maternal and child health and community trials. She specializes in applying advanced analytic methods and analysis of large datasets.

Dr. Shebl earned her MD at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and her PhD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.


Mark Siedner, MD, MPH

Dr. Siedner practices clinical infectious disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, and holds faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, the Africa Health Research Institute in KwaZulu-Natal, and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.

He leads implementation science trials for interventions to improve care delivery and longitudinal cohort studies of people with and without HIV to understand the intersection between infectious and non-communicable diseases. He is also an active and proud mentor of dozens of trainees on both sides of the Atlantic, helps direct research training grants, and was a recipient of the Harvard Medical School Young Mentor Award.

Dr Siedner received his MD and MPH from John Hopkins University.


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Fellows


Jessica Becker, MD

Dr. Becker is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. She completed her combined adult and child/adolescent psychiatry training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital in 2020.

Her research focuses on the interface of medical and psychiatric disease in children and adults. She is working on several ongoing modeling analyses at this intersection with Dr. Freedberg and Dr. Reddy, and is working to develop a novel simulation model of pediatric mental illness under the guidance of Dr. Freedberg and Dr. Ciaranello.

Prior to her clinical training, she completed her MD at Yale School of Medicine and her AB in Economics at Harvard College. She is currently completing her Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Ali Castle, MD

Dr. Castle is an Infectious Diseases fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her research interests focus on how tuberculosis and HIV affect the risk for noncommunicable diseases in resource limited settings. She is working with Drs. Siedner, Bassett, and Wong to study the relationship of tuberculosis and risk for diabetes in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

She received her MD at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed an Internal Medicine residency at MGH.


Megan Curtis, MD

Dr. Curtis is a research fellow and infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

She will conduct research with Dr. Ciaranello and collaborators at Boston Medical Center evaluating the cost-effectiveness of Hepatitis C management strategies for pregnant women with opioid use disorder and their infants.  


Dr. Curtis completed her MS in Global Health Sciences at UCSF, MD at Tulane University School of Medicine, and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. For her second year of her infectious diseases fellowship, she was the Brigham and Women’s Hospital HIV Fellow with focused training in the clinical care of patients living with HIV.   


John Chiosi, MD

Dr. Chiosi is an Infectious Diseases fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is interested in the infectious complications of substance use disorder, including injection drug use. He is working with Dr. Ciaranello to develop a simulation model of infectious morbidity and mortality among people with opioid use disorder in order to project the clinical and economic impact of the opioid use epidemic in the US.

He earned his MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Tulane University.


Akash Gupta, MD

Dr. Gupta is an adult Infectious Diseases fellow at MGH, and previously completed his combined Medicine/Pediatrics residency at MGH.

He is interested in the intersection of infectious disease, global health, and substance use. He is working with his mentor Dr. Bassett to evaluate the impact of substance use on retention in care among patients in tuberculosis and HIV treatment programs in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Prior to residency, he received his MD at Yale School of Medicine, and his BA in History and Environmental Biology from Columbia University.


Jana Jarolimova, MD, MPH

Dr. Jarolimova is a research fellow at MPEC and a physician in Infectious Diseases at MGH. She previously completed her internal medicine training in the MGH Global Medicine residency program.

She is interested in care delivery for sexually transmitted infections and HIV in resource-limited settings. Her previous work focused on rural primary care delivery, HIV, and disparities in reproductive health, primarily in western Uganda. She is working with Dr. Bassett to study implementation of STI care and HIV prevention in South Africa.

She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Amir Mohareb, MD

Dr. Mohareb is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and an infectious diseases physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on HIV and Hepatitis B management in resource-limited settings. He also has clinical and research interests in forcibly displaced populations.

He earned his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Jodi Pinkney, MD

Dr. Pinkney is an Infectious Diseases fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

She is interested in the cost effectiveness of interventions that address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, HIV prevention and HIV treatment in the US Black population including non-US born immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean. She will be co-mentored by Drs. Emily Hyle and Bisola Ojikutu while conducting qualitative and simulation modeling studies in this area. 

She earned her medical degree and DM from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of South Carolina. 


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Staff


Alyssa Amick, MPH – Research Specialist

Alyssa joined MPEC in August 2020. She currently works with Dr. Dugdale on cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions currently undergoing clinical trials in Mozambique and Malawi to prevent and reduce vertical transmission of HIV. She is also working with Dr. Ciaranello on improving EID rates in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to these projects, Alyssa helps manage the Center’s Twitter account.

Alyssa graduated in 2020 with an MPH in the epidemiology of microbial diseases with a concentration in public health modeling from the Yale School of Public Health. She also received a BS in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale in 2019.


Dina Ashour, MD, MPH – Data Analyst

Dina joined MPEC in December 2021.

She worked at the University of South Florida as a Research Assistant in the Florida Violent Death Reporting System project, which is developed and funded by the CDC. 

She earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida and MD from the University of Cairo in Egypt.


Dara Baltin – Recruiting and Training Coordinator

Dara joined MPEC in January 2020. She works closely with MPEC’s Operations Manager and the research and operations teams to recruit candidates for all posted positions at MPEC. Dara works across teams to improve recruiting processes in place for each position, and is currently working with the Center’s internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion group to provide better outreach to universities and research centers around the country.

Dara graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Psychology and made a recent career change from the field of human services. She is currently a part-time MBA candidate at Suffolk University.


Shana Carvalho – Operations Coordinator

Shana joined the MPEC team in May 2019.

She has a background and experience in global curriculum development and early childhood education.

She earned a BS in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Wanyi Chen, PhD – Research Scientist

Wanyi joined MPEC in December 2021.

Her research interests lie in the areas of Health Economics Outcomes Research and Medical Decision Science using methods including decision-analytic modeling, statistical simulation, and cost-effectiveness analysis. She has extensive experience in building Markov, agent-based, and micro-simulation models for complex disease and healthcare systems and using these models to identify effective health policies aimed at improving quality of care/operational efficiency. At MPEC, she is supporting methodologic advancements within the CEPAC model, serves as an in-house technical consultant for model users, and uses the model to address HIV policy questions as new clinical evidence and/or research needs arise.

She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Operations Research from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southeastern University in China.


Melissa Comenduley – Operations Coordinator

After spending a few years away from corporate life, Melissa joined MPEC as a Staff Assistant in November 2021. Melissa’s professional background includes a diverse set of experiences, including financial derivatives trader, undergraduate advisor, research assistant, project manager, and Chief of Staff.

Melissa earned her BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Lithuania in 2009.


Michaelle Destinoble – Biometry Program Coordinator

Michaelle joined MPEC in June 2021. She will be working closely with Dr. Shebl, Director of Biometry for MPEC. Michaelle previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neurology ICU as both a unit coordinator and clinical assistant.

Her interest in public health allowed her to branch off into preventative community services such as homelessness prevention at MetroHousing Boston and research for LUNA, a cooperative child care organization. Her primary research interests include global health equity, clinical and public health program efficiency, and bioethics. She is pursuing her MPH, with a concentration in Global Health Program Management at Boston University. 


Lotanna Dike, MPH – Research Program/Project Manager

Before joining MPEC in June 2021, Lotanna conducted research projects on implementation outcomes of evidence-based interventions for chronic diseases in low and middle-income countries. She also worked as Research Associate at William James College, where she evaluated programs that improve access to culturally sensitive behavioral health care for the underserved population. 

Her background in public health and medical microbiology informed her interest in syndemics. More specifically, she is interested in implementation outcomes and cost-effectiveness research of evidence-based interventions that address syndemics with the potential to inform policy and improve global public health. 

Lotanna holds an MPH in Global Health from New York University, Certification in Project Management and Health Economics in Global Health from the University of Washington, and a BS in Medical Sciences from Igbinedion University, Nigeria.


Clare Flanagan, MPH – Research Program/Project Manager

Clare Flanagan joined MPEC in June 2019. Before joining MPEC she worked on the endTB study with Partners In Health. She has a background in the implementation and management of research projects.

Clare holds an MPH in Global Health & Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Government and Women’s & Gender Studies from Georgetown University.


Rebecca Gilbert – Project Coordinator

Rebecca joined MPEC in July 2019 after working as a project coordinator at the MGH Center for Global Health. Previously, she was a research assistant at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She currently works with Dr. Siedner on projects related to improving health for people living with HIV and non-communicable diseases in Uganda and South Africa.

She received her BA in Anthropology with a focus in global health from Washington University in St. Louis.


Nicole Holt, MPH – Compliance Manager

Nicole joined MPEC in 2014 after previously working as a Project Coordinator and Lab Manager at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She has a background in the coordination and implementation of research studies. She holds a BA in Psychology and History from Brown University and earned a MPH from Oregon State University with a focus in Health Promotion.

In her role as Compliance Manager for MPEC, Nicole works with investigators to ensure compliance with NIH and institutional policy regarding protection of human subjects in research, data protection and management, conflict of interest reporting, and public access publication requirements. She also assists with the preparation of grant submissions and progress reports.

Through close collaboration with MPEC faculty, fellows, and staff, Nicole ensures research projects are compliant through the lifecycle. She especially enjoys working with junior investigators and conducting compliance trainings and consultations with new fellows and staff.


Satoshi Koiso, MDP, BVSc – Research Specialist

Satoshi joined MPEC in July 2022 with a passion for using data and quantitative analysis to improve evidence-based policymaking in global health for socially disadvantaged people worldwide. Before joining MPEC, he worked as a Graduate Student Researcher at Center for Effective Global Action to estimate the economic impacts of deworming randomized controlled interventions on intergenerational child mortality in Kenya. He also has experience working in the health and public sector, incorporating statistical analysis and project management in global teams at Accenture and the Ministry of Agriculture in Japan.

Satoshi earned a Master of Development Practice with a focus on Global Health and Data Analysis from UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (DVM equivalent) from the University of Tokyo.


Jodi Kurtz, MScM, MA – Administrative Manager

Jodi joined MPEC in 2012 and has a wide array of experience with sponsored research administration and operations management. She has a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA from the University of Washington, and an MScM with a specialization in Research Administration from Emmanuel College.

In her role as Administrative Manager for MPEC, Jodi is responsible for setting direction and coordinating the operational and financial aspects of the center. She collaborates closely with Center leadership to continually assess and direct management of personnel, finances, research, and strategic planning.

After attaining the designation of Certified Research Administrator in 2014, Jodi has been committed to supporting research administration training and education across the MGH community. She is a founding member of the Partners 2.0 Training Steering Committee, presents at the Harvard CFAR K workshop, hosts annual training sessions for new investigators, and teaches research administration fundamentals to new staff members.


Jaime Nangle – Operations Manager

Jaime joined MPEC in 2013 after working for two and a half years at Mass General Brigham serving as a procurement and accounts payable resource for the research community. She holds a BA in Psychology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

In her role as the Operations Manager for the MPEC, Jaime develops, implements, and oversees Center-wide policies and procedures improving administrative, fiscal, and operations management. She collaborates with MPEC faculty and leadership to develop job descriptions which accurately and thoroughly address MPEC hiring needs in compliance with MGH HR standards and works closely with the Recruitment and Training Coordinator throughout all phases of RA recruiting. Jaime also coordinates required passport and visa documents, maintains familiarity with materials management policies and procedures, and continues to serve as resource for procurement and expense questions.

Jaime serves as the Chairperson for the MPEC Events Committee and is dedicated to coordinating vital team-building events throughout the year. Jaime is also a member of several steering committees and working groups devoted to fostering an even greater sense of community within MPEC, as well as the Mongan Institute, and has been invited to participate in MGH and MGB training, onboarding, and professional development pilot programs.


Pamela Pei, PhD – Research Scientist

Pamela joined MPEC in 2011. She has a PhD in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS/BS in Applied Mathematics, and BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

She is currently working with Dr. Reddy on assessing the value of a new TB diagnostic test, and with Dr. Hyle on an elimination of the HIV epidemic project.

In her role, Pamela lends her operations research skills to help develop various in-house modeling tools for the team. She is responsible for developing value of information tools, which comprises a feature that allows for probabilistic sensitivity analysis; a multi-cohorts tool to help expedite the processing of analyses that require multiple cohorts to be considered simultaneously; and a Markov-based module that tracks the epidemiology of HIV over time.


Lizzie Qian, MPH – Data Analyst

Lizzie joined MPEC in August 2019. She assists the group with statistical data analysis projects and generating data inputs for the CEPAC model.

She holds an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health and has a Bachelor of Medicine in Preventive Medicine from Tianjin Medical University in China and completed her rotation at Tianjin Baodi Hospital.


Livia Qoshe – Programmer Analyst

Livia graduated from Princeton University in 2021 with a BA in Neuroscience and Computer Science. Prior to joining the MPEC team in September 2021, she conducted research in computational psychiatry, studying reinforcement learning and the role of risk sensitivity in state-induced stress and anxiety. 


Lien Quach, PhD – Research Scientist

Lien Quach is a Gerontologist who earned her PhD from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2017. Born in Vietnam, she practiced medicine there for ten years after earning an MD from Hanoi Medical University.

Her research interests focus on the social determinants of health, specifically on how patterns of social (dis)connection relate to mental health and physical function in later life. Her work seeks to understand the unique roles social isolation, network characteristics, and social support play in health outcomes in older adults. Dr. Quach’s research investigates the mechanisms underlying these relationships while exploring how social disconnectedness and perceived isolation separately and in combination influence mental and physical health conditions, as well as disease management.

She also has expertise in designing and analyzing surveys using appropriate statistical approaches, including survival analyses, generalized estimating equations, moderation and mediation analyses, and measurement modeling techniques. Dr. Quach seeks to engage in translational research with the goal of improving the quality of care for older people. Her understanding of institutional dynamics in the US and international settings enables her to foster collaborative approaches to multi-disciplinary teams in conducting social and clinical research.


Zahra Reynolds, MPH – Research Program/Project Manager

Zahra joined MPEC in July 2019. She will work closely with Dr. Siedner. She previously worked as a Research Associate at MEASURE Evaluation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she designed and managed studies improving the availability of data on male HIV case finding in Namibia and Eswatini, characterizing the male partners of adolescent girls and young women in Swaziland, and understanding the behavioral risks of key populations with HIV in Guyana in order to improve programming for high risk populations.  

Zahra has a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Justine Scott, MPH – Senior Research Program/Project Manager

With a background in public health and biomedical research, Justine has focused on research program management for MPEC since 2016. She contributes to strategic and operational management across the Center and manages a team of research assistants and other research staff. She oversees a portfolio of CEPAC modeling projects and provides program management across the modeling team. Motivated by the pursuit of global health equity, she is interested in research that addresses health disparities and social determinants of health both domestically and internationally.

Justine holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Biology and Government from Colby College.


Violeta Stanojevic, MA, MPhil – Grant Administrator

Violeta joined MPEC in January 2022 after a research career in the field of diabetes and obesity at MGH.

She holds a BS degree in Molecular Biology and Physiology from Belgrade University in Serbia, and MA and MPhil degrees in Biological Sciences from Columbia University.


Virginia Talbot – Programmer Analyst

Virginia joined MPEC in June 2020, and helps to build and maintain simulation models. Her strong background in pure as well as applied mathematics adds a unique perspective and high level of flexibility to her programming and data analysis projects. A British-American dual citizen, Virginia also has strong family ties to Southern Africa and to the healthcare field, which lend special meaning to her work with the group.

She began her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Williams College and later transferred to Lesley University, where she completed it in 2019.


Yao Tong, MS – Data Analyst

Yao joined MPEC in December 2020 after graduating from Yale University with an MS in Biostatistics. She also received a BA in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT. She is passionate about leveraging data analytics to facilitate global health research, which led to her decision to join MPEC.

At MPEC, she works with the biometry unit to provide statistical support to research projects. Currently, she works with Drs. Neilan and Shebl on enrollment in a pediatric biorepository during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also working with Drs. Siedner and Dustin Rabideau to examine HIV treatment adherence, virologic suppression, and drug resistance among individuals initiating antiretroviral therapy in Uganda and South Africa. In addition to these projects, Yao helps analyze recruitment data for MPEC’s internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.


Elizabeth Van Blarcom, JD – Grant and Finance Manager

Leaving her work as an attorney behind, Ellie joined MPEC in 2018 and has a wide array of experience with sponsored research administration and fiscal management. She has a BA from Juniata College and a JD from New England Law ǀ Boston.

In her role as Grant and Finance Manager for MPEC, Ellie provides oversight and management to the Center’s sponsored research portfolio throughout the award life cycle. Working closely with the Center’s Principal Investigators and outside collaborators, she ensures the successful execution of sponsored awards through counseling Investigators on fiscal strategy, monitoring activities and addressing questions of collaborating subaward sites, and conducting monthly assessments of fund activities.


Aaron Wu – Programmer Analyst

Aaron graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2022 with a BS in Physics. During undergrad, he was involved with biophysics research investigating the physics of biologically active materials. Aaron joined MPEC in August 2022.


Dani Zionts, MScPH – Research Program/Project Manager

Dani joined MPEC in May 2020 after years working in health care delivery and implementation science research at Stanford University. She has a BA from Brandeis University and an MScPH from McGill university, focusing on epidemiology.

As a Clinical Research Program/Project Manager in the Implementation Program, key responsibilities include growing and supporting the expanding Implementation Program and identifying, training, and supervising the research assistants who start their careers at MPEC. She works closely with Dr. Bassett and other Implementation Program investigators and RAs to advance their research, notably in the fields of community-based HIV and sexual health care in South Africa; domestic sexual health services; and COVID-19. 


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Research Assistants


Ali Ahmed

Ali graduated from the University of Washington in 2022 with a degree in Political Economy. As an undergraduate student, Ali contributed to chemotherapy toxicity research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and designed MICRO-CT image analysis as well as data visualization programs in R and MATLAB at UW Medicine’s Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. He further developed and translated his research skills as an Applied Research Fellow with the Population Health Initiative investigating social, health, economic, and public infrastructure inequities for King County policymakers.


Luke Ang

Luke joined MPEC in August 2021. Luke graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020 with a BS in Bioengineering. During undergrad, he was involved in education research on developing a visual plot to provide students detailed feedback on their performance in a course. He also worked on a project to improve organization and retrieval of patient data in Sierra Leone.


Taing Nandi Aung

Taing joined MPEC in August 2021. Taing has previous research experience with SAS, multiple myeloma and clinical outcomes, meta-analyses, and MDR- and/or XDR-TB treatment, as well as experiences in leadership, administration and organization, academic and health policy advocacy work, volunteering, and teaching. Taing graduated from Brown University with an AB in Biology in 2019 and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with a Master of Science in Clinical Research in 2021.


Geoffrey Chen

Geoff joined MPEC in August 2021. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2021 with a BA in Biochemistry. Previously, he worked as a research fellow at Mayo Clinic to investigate the role of specific immune cell populations in kidney stone formation.


Kevin Chi

Kevin graduated from Bowdoin College in 2021 where he studied biochemistry and English. He has experience working for projects in global public health, whose topics include antimicrobial resistance and Typhoid fever & COVID-19 surveillance. During his time at Bowdoin, Kevin has completed a study to better understand the mRNA transport pathway in Candida albicans, yeast responsible for candidiasis.


Elif Coskun

Elif graduated from the Boston University School of Public Health with her MPH in 2022. During graduate school, she worked on modeling the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV as well as determining the social determinants of disparities in excess mortality due to COVID-19 across the U.S.

Elif graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S in Political Science and Economics, and tries to bring in a policy perspective to her approach to public health.


Florence Ebem

Flo graduated from New York University with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in a Chemical Biology lab studying synergistic interactions of various drugs to treat Tuberculosis. She also worked for NATAL, a podcast centered on giving birth while Black, as a Research and Media intern. Flo joined MPEC in August 2022.


Maya Hajny Fernandez

Maya graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Biology and a minor in Spanish with a concentration in Community and Global Health. While in undergrad, she worked for the Community Health Improvement Partnership through Hennepin County Public Health and with the Minnesota Department of Health in Foodborne Disease. She has also worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Minnesota serving the Twin Cities. Maya joined MPEC in July 2021.


Mary Feser

Mary joined MPEC in June 2020. She currently works with Dr. Hyle on modeling the costs and health impacts of non-communicable diseases in people with HIV and with Drs. Freedberg and Stephen Resch on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a combination prevention initiative intended to increase ART coverage and decrease HIV transmission in Botswana.

She graduated from Wellesley College in 2020 with a BA in Economics.


Stephanie Horsfall

Stephanie joined MPEC in July 2021. She graduated from Yale University in 2021 with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Previously, she conducted research on the repression mechanism of the tumor suppressor p53 as well as on methods to increase genetic diversity in the human reference genome.


Surabhi Iyer

Surabhi graduated from Williams College in 2021 with a BA in Biology and Public Health. Prior to joining MPEC team in July 2021, she has conducted research in microbiology, sexual and reproductive health, and molecular cardiology.


Elena Jin

Elena graduated from Brown University in 2021 with a BA in Biology. During undergrad, she served as a Patient Advocate for Connect for Health and was involved in research on tissue resident memory cells. Elena joined MPEC in July 2021.


Michelle Jones

Michelle graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a BS in Mathematics. After graduating, she studied the math of voting rights and gerrymandering, helped map affordable housing in Connecticut, and worked to collect and improve data in the homelessness sector. Michelle joined MPEC in June 2021.


Munashe Machoko

Munashe graduated from Bates college with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics. During the summer of 2020, he worked with Dr. Amit Joshi of Massachusetts General Hospital through the Covid-Corps program to evaluate a statistical model for COVID-19 status prediction. Munashe joined MPEC in August 2021.


Nora Mulroy

Before joining MPEC in July 2021, Nora worked at Virginia Commonwealth University where she researched the association between marital status and smoking behavior and helped with the team’s survey assessing COVID-19’s impact on Richmond residents. Nora has also worked in a neuroscience lab researching the progression of Machado-Joseph Disease. She graduated from Colgate University in 2021 with a BA in Biology.


Kashfia Rahman

Kashfia joined MPEC in July 2022. She graduated from Harvard College in 2022 with a BA in History of Science and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Previously, she conducted research on race, sex, and gender disparities in COVID-19 outcomes, telemedicine use in U.S emergency departments, and opioid harm reduction in carceral systems. She also conducted health policy research on child and maternal health and Medicaid. 


Linzy Rosen

Linzy joined MPEC in July 2022 after graduating magna cum laude from Colby College with a BA in Environmental Policy and a concentration in Public Health. During her undergraduate career, Linzy pursued an honors thesis on arsenic contamination in Maine’s private well water. She has also conducted research in the fields of microbiology and food insecurity.


Shruti Sagar

Shruti joined MPEC in July 2022. She graduated from Tufts University in May of 2022 with a BA in Community Health. During her time at Tufts, Shruti conducted research on a variety of topics, including the effects of chronic stress and identity-based discrimination on health, the impact of poor sleep quality in college-aged populations, and water infrastructure in global health contexts. 


Prakriti Shrestha

Prakriti joined MPEC in July 2021. Before joining MPEC, she analyzed protein-protein interactions in biological networks using computational methods. Prakriti graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Biological Sciences and Data Science.


Hailey Spaeth

Hailey joined MPEC in July 2021. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021 with a BA in Economics and Anthropology: Global Health and Environment. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the St. Louis City Health Department to collect demographic data regarding COVID-19 outbreaks and the age structure of new cases and contacts in the region.


Acadia Thielking

Acadia recently graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Biology and Science in Society and joined MPEC in August 2021. Previously, she worked as an EMT and as a Research Assistant investigating the neurobiological effects of mutations associated with a severe form of autism.


Anisha Tyagi

Anisha joined MPEC in June 2020. She currently works with Dr. Mark Siedner on his projects in Uganda and South Africa focused on improving health and quality of life for people living with HIV. She also works with Dr. Anne Neilan on the MGH COVID-19 pediatric data registry and Dr. Esther Freeman on the global COVID-19 dermatology registry, which will be used to understand the impact of the disease on pediatric and dermatological patients. Outside research, she is involved with the internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives at MPEC.

Anisha graduated from Smith College in 2018 with a BA in Chemistry. Prior to joining the team, she was a Fulbright Scholar where she served as an English Teaching Assistant at a vocational high school, in Semarang, Central Java Indonesia.


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Affiliates


Anneke Claypool, PhD

Anneke Claypool is a research fellow at MPEC. Her research interest is in mathematical modeling to inform health policy decisions. Her past research includes cost-effectiveness analysis of mosquito-transmitted viruses and methods to simplify modeling multiple infectious diseases. She will be working with Dr. Freedberg on research to model HIV resource allocation.

She earned her PhD and MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and her BA in Mathematics and International Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Eren Gulbas

Eren is a COVID Corps intern who will be working with Drs. Emily Hyle and Caitlin Dugdale this summer. He will be engaged with a COVID-19 modeling project and a retrospective study evaluating the optimal timing and frequency of repeat COVID-19 testing among hospitalized patients.

Eren is a rising Junior at UMass Amherst majoring in Math. 


Amanda Ihama

Amanda is currently a student at the University of Maryland, where she is majoring in Biological Sciences: General Biology.

This summer, Amanda will work on a few projects with Dr. Manne-Goehler and Dr. Ciaranello related to the intersectional relationship between HIV and obesity/diabetes. The primary research focus includes the perceptions of one’s health and weight, along with nutritional habits and how it relates to obesity in people with and without HIV in South Africa. Another focus is on body composition measurements (quantified by visceral adipose tissue, subcutaneous adipose tissue, and skeletal muscle mass) and metabolic health outcomes over ten years in data for men with HIV in the United States.


Seyedeh Nazanin Khatami, PhD

Nazanin is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined MPEC in January 2022. As part of the MPEC modeling team, she is working closely with Dr. Krishna Reddy on developing a tuberculosis transmission module.

Nazanin received her PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst. She also holds an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UMass Amherst. Her research focuses on disease modeling, control, and optimization. During her PhD, she closely collaborated with the HIV Division at the CDC where she developed a sequential decision-making model to control HIV at a national level using reinforcement learning algorithms.


Laura Platt, MD

Dr. Platt is an Infectious Diseases physician at Brigham and Women’s hospital and a medical consultant at the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS.

Her interests include using methods of epidemiology and implementation science to reduce disparities in care for HIV and sexually transmitted infections. She is particularly interested in integrating infectious disease diagnosis, prevention, and treatment services into community-based settings to better reach key populations.

She earned her MD from Duke University and completed residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Katie Rich

Katie is currently a fourth year medical student at Harvard, who is spending this year working with MPEC mentored by Dr. Hyle. Her prior research has focused on access to care, with a focus on individuals with HIV and substance use disorders, as well as those who have been incarcerated. She has been involved in projects both domestically in Connecticut, as well as internationally in Peru and Ukraine. Before coming to Boston for medical school, she earned an MPH from Yale, where she was introduced to cost-effectiveness analysis through coursework, however, her prior work primarily used survey methods. While at MPEC she plans to focus her project to better understand disparities within the US HIV continuum of care, and to assess interventions to reduce barriers to HIV care.


Emily Santos

Emily is a rising second-year student at Brown University in the Program in Liberal Medical Education. She have previously worked with MGH Neurology conducting research regarding traumatic brain injuries endured by asylum seekers and refugees as well as community outreach for the MGH Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program in order to inform underrepresented communities about dementia prevention. 

This summer, Emily will be working with Dr. Bebell and Dr. Ciaranello on projects regarding maternal-child infectious diseases, including learning about modeling, preparing manuscripts, and participating in wet bench research.


Angelique Sousani-Twumasi

Angel is a COVID Corps intern who will be working with Mark Siedner on crafting and implementing a POSITIVES Study results sharing event for study participants. She will also be developing and implementing a participant survey to improve study procedures.

Angel is a rising Sophomore from Bucknell University majoring in Arts and Sciences. 


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Former Faculty and Fellows


Aima Ahonkhai, MD, MPH

While part of MPEC, Dr. Ahonkhai was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her primary research interests are in improving the quality of HIV care in resource-limited settings.

Dr. Ahonkhai left MGH in 2016 and is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Jason Andrews, MD, MS

During his time at MPEC, Dr. Andrews conducted research exploring strategies for diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. His NIH-funded K01 award focused on developing models for tuberculosis transmission that incorporate the social contact structure in sub-Saharan African townships to elucidate the potential impact of interventions to control drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Dr. Andrews left MGH in 2013 and is now an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford University and a practicing infectious diseases physician.


Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc

Dr. Kimberly Blumenthal is an Allergist/Immunologist and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She performs drug and vaccine allergy research that uses methods of epidemiology, informatics, economics, and decision science. 

Dr. Blumenthal left MPEC in 2019 to join the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology’s (RAI) Clinical Epidemiology Program where she continues to collaborate closely with MPEC investigators.


Kelli O’Laughlin, MD, MPH

Dr. O’Laughlin was a faculty member of MPEC, an attending emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a faculty member at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She conducts operational research in low-resource settings to expand access to HIV testing and related care for refugees living in Uganda.

In 2019, Dr. O’Laughlin transitioned to her new role as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington.


Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH

Dr. Walensky was the former Co-Director of MPEC, and the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

While at MPEC, her research interests included the promotion of routine HIV counseling, testing, and referral as well as the economic evaluation of HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment policies both in the US and internationally. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), and the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, the HIV Medicine Association Board of Directors, and she is past Chair of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. She has also been an advisor to the WHO and the UNAIDS.

Dr. Walensky earned an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In January 2021, Dr. Walensky became the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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