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WOMEN IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCH INITIATIVE

Meet The Team

Jennifer Downs, M.D., Ph.D

Co-Director
Institutional Liaison & Partnership Director

Dr. Jennifer Downs is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology in the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medicine who conducts her research and teaching at the Weill Bugando School of Medicine in Mwanza, Tanzania. Her research focuses on schistosomiasis and HIV prevention in adolescent girls and women in Tanzania. Dr. Downs co-founded the Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell in 2014.

Jyoti Mathad, M.D., M.Sc.
Co-Director
Institutional Liaison & Partnership Director

Dr. Jyoti Mathad is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology in the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research interests include the immune changes of pregnancy and how they affect the development of tuberculosis in TB-endemic countries, including India and Haiti. She also chairs an IMPAACT study on the safety and pharmacokinetics of the isoniazid/rifapentine regimen for latent TB in pregnant and postpartum women. Dr. Mathad co-founded the Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell in 2014.

Lindsey Reif, MPH
Co-Symposium Chair

Lindsey Reif is a research program manager at the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell and a doctoral trainee in Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on adolescent HIV care and prevention, specifically health-systems based interventions to improve outcomes among adolescent girls with HIV in Haiti. She also coordinates research training activities for the Center's programs in Haiti and Tanzania. She co-founded the Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell in 2014.

Chelsea Kennard, B.Sc.
Co-Symposium Chair

Chelsea Kennard is a Research Assistant at the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is currently based in New York, where she coordinates the Women in Global Health Research Initiative. Her research interest is in maternal-child health and nutrition, including optimal feeding practices in the PMTCT context and nutrition during pregnancy in a resource-limited setting.

Kathleen Walsh, M.D., MPH
Co-Leadership Training Director

Dr. Kathleen Walsh is an Instructor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She has been living in Haiti for the past three years, first as an NIH Fogarty Fellow, then as a Global Health Research Fellow through Weill Cornell. Her research focuses on the treatment of HIV and drug resistant TB in resource-limited settings.

Sasha Fahme, M.D.
Co-Leadership Training Director

Dr. Sasha Fahme is an Instructor of Medicine and a Global Health Research Fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her MD degree and residency training in internal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She has done research in HIV and mental health and has worked in Lebanon, South Africa, and Tanzania. Her current research interests involve the burden of NCDs and barriers to accessing healthcare by Syrian refugees, as well as the impact of forced migration and trauma on structural determinants of health.

Margaret McNairy, M.D., M.Sc
Institutional Liaison & Partnership Director

Dr. Margaret McNairy is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Center for Global Health and the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research focuses on models of HIV care to improve treatment outcomes among adults and adolescents in Africa and Haiti. Additionally, her work is focused on cardiovascular disease and the association with poverty-related social and environmental determinants in Haiti. Dr. McNairy is the Co-Director of the Weill Cornell Medical College Global Health Research Fellowship.