June 12, 2015

Current Fellows

2018-2019 Biobook 



Cassandra Rene, MPH

U.S. Scholar

Ms. Rene will spend her fellowship year at Groupe Haïtien d’Étude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunists in Port-au-Prince under the mentorship of Jessy G. Dévieux, MA, PhD and Marie Deschamps, MD. Her research will focus on an educational intervention to increase awareness, knowledge, and self-assessment skills of peripartum cardiomyopathy in Haiti.

Ms. Rene is a PhD student and McKnight Fellow at Florida International University in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in 2013 and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2016.

Ms. Rene recounts that her most impactful role has been in serving as the current Chief Administrative Officer of KORE Haiti, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports the Haitian community by addressing educational barriers, access to healthcare, and economic sustainability through diverse partnerships. As a first-generation Haitian-American, she has been motivated to center her service and research on health disparities, such as HIV and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, in the Haitian community.



Ana Rodriguez, MS, MA, MSc

U.S. Scholar

Ms. Rodriguez will spend her fellowship year at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá under the mentorship of Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD, Dionne Stephens, PhD and Olga Lucia Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD. Her research will focus on intimate partner violence and sexual health among adolescents and young adults: a social network analysis.

Ms. Rodriguez is a PhD candidate in the Psychology (Developmental Science) Program of Florida International University. She holds a BA in Political Science and three Master’s Degrees: one in Development and Culture (from Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar in Colombia), a second in Political and Social Sciences – Sociology and Demography Specialization (from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain) and a third one in Psychology from FIU (on her PhD track).

Her inter-disciplinary background has served as a foundation for her emerging methodological

expertise in Network Analysis (NA). Through the application of network sciences and social network analysis she is developing a program of research that seeks to identify the psychological and social impacts of health inequalities, inclusion/exclusion dynamics, and violence in diverse populations across the globe.



Neha Joshi, PhD, MSc

LMIC Fellow

Dr. Joshi will spend her fellowship year at the Public Health Research Institute of India in Mysore under the mentorship of Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD and P A Mahesh, MBBS, DTCD, DNB. Her research will focus on the assessment of cognitive impairment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its implication in disease management: a study in a South Indian cohort.

Dr. Joshi received her PhD in 2012 from the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India, for which she developed a transdermal patch for vaccine delivery. Her most recent appointment was as a postdoctoral clinical research investigator in a Department of Biotechnology, India sponsored Centre of Excellence for Clinical Research, at JSS Hospital Mysuru, India, where she utilized her research and management skills to help conduct ICH-GCP compliant

clinical research in the hospital. She has published several first author original articles in peer reviewed international and national journals, and presented her work at several international and national conferences.

Her career goal is to establish herself as an independent researcher, utilizing her scientific training to provide solutions for global health problems.



Subash Sonkar, PhD

LMIC Fellow

Dr. Sonkar will spend his fellowship year at the Public Health Research Institute of India in Mysore under the mentorship of Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD. His research will focus on High-Risk Human Papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection. Dr. Sonkar’s research interests are focused on improving the quality of women’s health. He gained a postgraduate degree in applied microbiology in clinical microbiology. During his postgraduate training, he also served as a member of the bacterial diagnostic unit in the Department of Microbiology that assisted in the diagnosis of bacterial infections for patients admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India.

Dr. Sonkar developed First Molecular-beacon-based-PCR diagnostics, for detection of T.vaginalis that meets the ASSURED guidelines proposed by WHO. His thesis research work resulted in nine publications in high impact journals as first author and co-author. This work was also nominated for the Visitors President Award in 2016 from the University of Delhi.