North America

Varoon Mathur, Queen’s University

Varoon Mathur, Queen’s University

Varoon is a fourth year student at Queen’s University in Canada studying Neurobiology and Biochemistry. He has been involved with UAEM since founding the Queen’s chapter in 2012, and joining the Coordinating Committee in February of 2013. Varoon is primarily interested in the intersection of medical innovation and access licensing strategies in the context of global health, and is a part of the Report Card team for UAEM North America.
Jennifer Nguyen, University of Western Ontario

Jennifer Nguyen, University of Western Ontario

Jennifer is a first year MPH candidate at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and recently graduated from UWO with a B.S. in Biology and East Asian Studies. She helped found the UAEM chapter at UWO and has been one of the leaders of the UAEM-WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Working Group for the past two years. Jennifer is particularly interested in neglected diseases, social determinants of health, and the role of health communications in alleviating health inequities. She is looking forward to helping coordinate chapter efforts for UAEM’s global campaign in the coming year!
Gaëlle Groux

Gaëlle Groux

Gaëlle Groux is pursuing a JD/MA in both law and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. She first joined UAEM as a part of the the Western University Chapter  while an undergraduate student at Western University in London, Ontario, where she completed a bachelor degree in political science and biology of the human body. She has actively advocated against the TPP and been a long-time member of Amnesty International. She also spent a year interning for the Global Strategy Lab where she studied international health policy, such as the WHO’s organizational structure and pandemic response. Her interests include studying intellectual property law and healthcare policy more generally.
Emmy Sun

Emmy Sun

Emmy is a third year student at Western University in London, Ontario studying Biochemistry and Pathology. She has been involved in Western’s UAEM chapter since her first year and had since fallen in love with UAEM and what it stands for. Her work primarily focuses on NTDs, the social determinants of these diseases, and the innovation/funding gap that perpetuates it (shout out to Jennifer for being a phenomenal mentor). She is excited to continue her efforts in advocacy at the global level as well as coordinating UAEM initiatives and campaigns with UAEM chapters in this upcoming year.
Samuel Mehr, Central Michigan University

Samuel Mehr, Central Michigan University

Sam is a second-year MA candidate in Economics at Central Michigan University (CMU). He previously served as the CMU chapter leader, and has been involved with UAEM since 2013. He plans to attend law school upon graduation to study Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights.
Mohammad Shahzad, University of Toronto

Mohammad Shahzad, University of Toronto

Mohammad is a first year medical student at the University of Toronto and a recent graduate from the University of Western Ontario where he was one of the student leaders at the UAEM-Western chapter. He is excited about the potential impact student chapters can have on their universities’ technology transfer policies and hopes to promote greater coordination between North American chapters and their Access campaigns in particular. His main interests are in healthcare leadership, policy, and advocacy.
Samik Upadhaya, Columbia University

Samik Upadhaya, Columbia University

A native of Nepal, Samik is a PhD candidate in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine at Columbia University. Samik began his involvement with UAEM in 2008 as one of the founding members of UAEM chapter at Central Michigan University. While at CMU, he helped organize two global health conferences in 2010 and 2011. He also played a key role in unifying a team of students and faculty to advocate for institutionalizing global health discourse on campus. He believes that proper dissemination of the fruits of biomedical research is one of the most challenging issues facing our generation and hopes to be a part of the solution. In his spare time, Samik enjoys the outdoors and likes to experiment with cooking.
Lauren Chan

Lauren Chan

Lauren has been involved with UAEM for the last three years, both at Queen’s and through national campaigns and projects. Last year, she helped with the Global R&D Campaign, which opened her eyes to the incredible impact advocacy work can have on an international level. Lauren has a passion for global health and is particularly interested in neglected diseases and health policy. She is very excited to contribute to both our new and ongoing campaigns!
Chloe Stone

Chloe Stone

Chloe is a third year biology undergraduate student at Trinity Western University in Canada. She became involved with UAEM in 2014 and founded a chapter at Trinity Western University in 2015. She is the president of the Trinity Western University chapter.  Her work with UAEM is focussed on antimicrobial resistance, developing the “Canadian University Global Health Impact Report Card,” and developing access to medicines curriculum on her university campus. She believes patent policy reform is the key to providing access to essential medicines, and hopes to work towards global change through advocacy and field work.
Navya Dasari

Navya Dasari

Navya is a second-year undergraduate student studying Global Health and English at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she serves as director for the Policy Committee of the MedX Program, an undergraduate club which focuses on alternative approaches to pre-med and pre-health. Her work with UAEM focuses on domestic drug pricing and licensing practices, better research and development frameworks for global health, and the impact of trade policy on intellectual property law. She is interested in health justice, innovation, and global health governance.

Sophia Tonnu, Yale University

Sophia is currently a MPH student at Yale University, focusing on health policy. Her interests include the social determinants of healthcare access and pharmaceutical policy. Her focuses include drug safety, health law and systems reform. Her past research at the University of Texas Health Science Center included “orphan” drug pricing and access. Currently, her advocacy work includes the non-profit Universities Allied for Essential Medicine and as a student fellow at Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership/Treatment Action Group (TAG). Campaigns include hepatitis C drug access, intellectual property in international trade, and financing global health research & development. Sophia graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Chemistry, with a focus in medicinal chemistry.

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Chris Noble, Boston University

Chris Noble, Boston University

Chris is a first year MPH candidate at Boston Universities School of Public Health with a focus in Global Health and Pharmaceutical Production and Development. He has experience in clinical and biological research, and is now focusing on improving the impact of research projects to make tangible impacts on a global sclae. He has worked on various access related initiatives including the 100 Campaign, advocating for 100% access to Insulin by its 100 year anniversary of use in 2022. Chris has lived and worked out of Latin America where he assists in implementing health education programs through AYUDA [All Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad] and their local partners out of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Chris is an avid runner and biker who cherishes being outdoors and exploring new areas.
Mark Chee, Duke University

Mark Chee, Duke University

Mark is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Chemistry and Global Health at Duke University. He serves as the chapter leader at Duke, having been involved with UAEM since 2013. During this time, he taught a course titled Barriers to Medical Technology Access and Innovation and is helping to coordinate the 2014 UAEM Global Conference hosted by Duke. Mark is currently researching innovation and access issues related to antibiotics as a research assistant with the Program on Global Health and Technology Access.
Annie Liang, McGill University

Annie Liang, McGill University

Annie is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Pharmacology and International Development studies at McGill University. She is particularly interested in neglected tropical diseases, and has spent the past year in the infectious disease unit of a Montreal hospital screening drug candidates for Chagas and Leishmaniasis. Annie is actively involved in various global health student groups and initiatives on the McGill campus, serving as a student representative to McGill’s Health Services Advisory Board, co-hosting a global health radio show on CKUT 90.3 FM, and directly launching the national outreach effort for IFMSA’s annual MonWHO conference. Although this will be her first year on the UAEM coordinating Committee, she has worked on UAEM’s “University Global Health Impact Report card” in the past, and is beyond excited in what this year will bring!
Hannah Keppler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Hannah Keppler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Hannah is a fourth year medical student going into pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Binghamton University. She has been on the UAEM Coordinating Committee for many years and hopes to continue throughout medical school. She is interested in women’s and children’s health as well as infectious diseases.

Ravendra Naidoo, Queen’s University

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