M.A. Candidate – Class of 2018

I was born and raised in New Jersey, where I attended Montclair State University (MSU). At MSU, I earned a B.S. in Biology and was able to partake in multiple health related research projects. My most notable project was evaluating the in vitro synergistic antiviral activity of Epigallocatechin Gallate-stearate and Acyclovir on Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2 in Vero cells. After orchestrating this study, I had the opportunity to present my research at multiple conferences including the international American Society of Virology Meeting. My research experience concerning herpes as well as my experience overseas in Africa cultivated my interest in the relationship between globalization and healthcare. Therefore, I am excited to pursue my MA in Global Thought to learn how issues such as global governance, economic inequality, and cultural diversity impact the quality of health around the world. After pursuing my MA in Global Thought, I plan to matriculate to medical school.

Research Interests

I am interested in investigating how globalization is impacting healthcare systems in developing countries because of the difficulties health policy-makers face in implementing rules and standards of medical practice internationally. Therefore, I want to study how importation of medical goods and movement of health practitioners in and out of developing countries influences the quality of care and risk of disease. I am also interested in studying how the development of preventive healthcare programs based on western medical practice is influencing the quality of care in developing countries. The goal of my research is to provide evidence that could influence political initiatives on international health regulations.

Education

  • MS, Biology, Montclair State University, 2017