2017 Undergraduate Fellows

Dhikshitha Balaji portrait

Dhikshitha Balaji graduated with a degree in pre-med and English Language and Literature. As a WHRY fellow, she worked on science literacy under the mentorship of WHRY Director Carolyn M. Mazure, Ph.D., Communications Officer Rick Harrison, and Media and Design Specialist Carissa Violante, designing, researching, and writing a new blog on the advancement of women’s health research for the center's website. In addition, Balaji helped create public health literacy videos and test their ability to inform, influence attitudes, and change behavior.

Kaveri Curlin portrait

Kaveri Curlin, a rising senior in Berkeley College majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is mentored by Dr. Njeri Thande, an active cardiologist who has a special interest in women’s cardiovascular health as well as HIV and heart disease. Curlin, who is preparing her medical school applications, is shadowing Dr. Thande and assisting in her ongoing project to integrate data on the influence of sex and gender on health into Yale’s medical school curriculum.

Lauren McNeel portrait

Lauren McNeel graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology and English. As a WHRY fellow, she worked with Dr. Kelly Cosgrove on a WHRY-funded study on how smoking cannabis possibly affects the brain differently in women and men. She received hands-on instruction from Dr. Cosgrove, whose research has focused on understanding the neurochemical, behavioral, and cognitive components of addiction, particularly tobacco smoking and alcohol dependence.

Seyram Dodor portrait

Seyram Dodor, a rising senior in Saybrook College majoring in History of Science, History of Medicine, and Public Health, worked as a junior with Dr. Njeri Thande, studying the factors that influence whether cardiac patients correctly follow medical advice involving medication, self-care, and other steps to improve the effectiveness of treatment. Dodor, a first-generation Ghanaian American from North Carolina, is a member of the Global Health at Yale program interested in how health affects those within the African diaspora. While pursuing a career in medicine and global health, she aims to explore ways of improving reproductive health among women of color and linking the connection between communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases in women.

Kanan Shah

Kanan Shah graduated from Yale with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Through WHRY, she worked in the lab of Dr. Kimberly Yonkers to help identify and treat substance abuse in expecting mothers. In her free time, she loves exploring New Haven food and dancing with Yale Rangeela. She will be interning at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy over the summer and working at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health this year before heading to medical school.

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