Our Team

Julie Uchitel

Julie is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience in French and minoring in Chemistry. She currently performs research on epilepsy and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood with Dr. Mohamad Mikati at Duke Children’s Hospital. Julie has worked in pediatric neurology labs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia studying epilepsy and neurocritical care. She is also a co-president of Duke Global Medical Brigades, the president of the Neuroscience Majors’ Union,and a contributor to the Duke Science Review. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga, and reading French fiction. Next year she will be studying Pediatrics and International Child Studies at Cambridge and King’s College London as a Marshall Scholar.

Sahil Sandhu

Sahil is a junior pursuing a self-designed degree through Program II in “Health Innovation: Evidence to Impact.”  He studies the use of evidence-based practice to design, implement, and evaluate new health innovations both domestically and globally.  Sahil conducts health services research through the Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation, the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, the Duke Social Science Research Institute, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He teaches a house course on drug development for essential medicines and has worked on HIV prevention in Kenya.  

Evi Alexopolous

Evi is a junior from Rye, NY majoring in Biology and Global Health. She serves as a volunteer at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, aiding especially in HIV vaccine research. Evi gained valuable experience in the cross-section between sociocultural factors and heightened disease prevalence during her summer internship with Project Achieve, a national HIV Vaccine and Prevention Trials Network site in Manhattan. In her spare time, Evi enjoys spending time with friends, watching Parks and Recreation, and reading fiction (when she’s not sleeping in a tent for Duke basketball).  

Angela Renne

Angela is a sophomore from Maryland majoring in Biology and Chemistry. She is currently involved in volunteering at the Veritas Institute and conducts research on potential causes of cardiac related SIDS. She has previously interned with the Red Cross and taught CPR and First Aid classes in a Red Cross summer camp. She is interested in the health care of developing countries and has traveled to Togo to work in the local health clinic and teach English and writing. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and going to art exhibits. 

Hope Jackson

Hope Jackson is a third-year from Virginia Beach, VA studying Biology and Global Health. Hope is most interested in reproductive health and women’s rights globally. She has worked in Guatemala with the Global Public Service Academy, created curricula for the nonprofit Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest, and worked with young adult leadership development at the Anti-Defamation League. In the future, Hope would like to pursue either a Ph.D. in Health Behavior, Health Administration, or Health Policy & Management in order to contribute effective methods of intervention and evaluation to the field. Potential careers in applied research and professorship regarding global health interest her the most. She would prefer these careers relate to reproductive health issues globally and involve fieldwork or project management. 

Alumni

John Lu

John majored in Chemistry and Mathematics. John previously won over $20,000 in grants to fund his research on schistosomiasis prevalence in rural Tanzania, vaccination uptake in Ghana, and the pathophysiology of Epstein-Barr virus. He created and teaches the first undergraduate course at Duke focusing on neglected tropical diseases. John also serves on the national advisory board of the END7 campaign of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a leading social movement to end the 7 most common neglected tropical diseases by 2020. John is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and he enjoys meeting new people and learning new things.

Elish Mahajan

Elish majored in Biology and minored in Computer Science.  He is interested in the social, legal, and ethical reaches of science on the world. He is a certified EMT-Basic and volunteered with Duke EMS. He was also a member of Nita Farahany’s Science Law & Policy Lab and did basic research on the Human MicroBiome. He knows everything will be all right.

Maaz Mulla

Maaz majored in Biology and minored in Computer Science. Through Bass Connections, Maaz worked with a group on a global health research project where he is examining disability care across several countries. He is was involved with basic science research and is working on a project studying drug resistance in breast cancer cells. Aside from research, Maaz volunteered at the Children’s Hospital, and a proud member of GANO (a student-run ESL group on campus). He loves to play tennis, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Thabit Pulak

Thabit majored in Environmental Science and Policy. Thabit is the founder of iKormi, a nonprofit organization he founded over 5 years ago, which deals with battling arsenic water poisoning, a problem which affects over 150 million people worldwide. Currently, his organization produces over 100 water filters a month, using local materials and local labor in heavily arsenic affected regions in Bangladesh. His filters have resulted in clean drinking water supplies for over 4,000 people in Bangladesh, serving people from villages, to mosques, and to hospitals. In addition, Thabit is the Worldwide Director for Water Resources at the Sabrina Memorial Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit organizations to operate in Bangladesh.