Andraiae LaCour

College: Xavier University Of Louisiana

Farhana Khatun 

College: Stony Brook University

Margaret Salisu, PhD., LMSW, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. Margaret received her Social Work Master's Degree from SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, and her Doctorate degree from Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research focus is determining the environmental and social determinants of health that may impact various metabolic disorders, in African American (AA) individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). 

Qudsia S. Banu, MD

Area of Interest: Physician - obstetrics and gynecology

Research Interests:  the expanded role of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology in controlling Diabetes mellitus, considered a coronary heart disease (CHD) risk equivalent, in traditionally health disparate and underserved communities. She would like to investigate the prevalent anecdotal concept that the use of CGM technology is more suited for patients with a high health literacy and look into protocols that can help patients with low health literacy overcome barriers and optimize CGM use.

Portia Thomas

Transport Years: 2020-2022

Area of Interest: My educational area of interest is Biology. I hope to continue doing more research in the future, go to Physician Assistant school, and work in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

Jesse's research interest's stem from his background in public health and desire to leverage data science for social justice measures.  After completing his MPH at the University of California, Davis, he has worked on research related to farmworker exposure to organophosphate pesticides at the California Environmental Protection Agency, as well as pre-diabetes, substance abuse, and homelessness in a Medicaid population at Partnership Healthplan of California.  Currently, he is working on research regarding High Risk Neurodevelopmental Neonatal Follow Up for babies graduating from the NICU with Dr. Lawrence Fordjour at University Hospital Brooklyn.  His goal is to leverage geospatial and statistical analysis to disaggregate sociodemographic risk factors associated with disparities in chronic disease burden and adverse outcomes.  

Jesse Landis 

Gladys Joseph 

College: CUNY Hunter College

Basimah Zahid

College: CUNY Brooklyn College

Imani Williams

College: Howard University

Amina Tariq

College: University of Pennsylvania  

Area of Interest: My educational areas of interest: I am a premed student and I plan on going to medical school to obtain an MD as well as an MPH to hopefully become an Oncologist who conducts research while also focusing on health disparities within cancer.

Area of Interest: I am a rising Senior attending Stony Brook University majoring in Biology with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. I plan to attend medical school with hopes of becoming a physician and conducting public health research on health disparities.

Marlene Camacho-Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Success at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Camacho-Rivera’s research and scholarship focus on three main themes: (1) identifying structural and social determinants of chronic disease disparities among urban racial and ethnic minoritized communities; (2) developing community-engaged approaches to promote chronic disease self-management; and (3) improving linkages and continuity of care using mobile health and health information technology. Dr. Camacho-Rivera holds a BS in Biology and Society from Cornell University, an MPH from Tufts University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Type your paragraph here.

Area of Interest: I am a biology major interested in becoming a trauma surgeon in the future.

Nawab Rustum Qaderi

College: SUNY at Stony Brook

Marcos Vargas

Johann Zephirin

College: SUNY at Albany

Simone Lee

College: Cornell University; Houston Community College Syst.

Area of Interest: My aspiration has always been to help others in need, so I plan to continue being
involved in programs that will further strengthen my knowledge and promote the wellness of others. In the future, I plan on finishing my studies and attending medical school while continuing research in Public Health, using what I have learned to help serve people in underrepresented
communities and other countries.

Areas of Interest: ​I am interested in pursuing optometry and learning about how health disparities impact the care patients receive. My studies in cultural anthropology have informed my interests in
health policy as well and their ties to both optometry and health disparities.​

Areas of Interest: I'm passionate about eliminating health disparities and providing culturally appropriate and equitable care for children and women, particularly women of color. My interest in health policy further intensified during the SPRINTER program with the mentorship of Dr. Girouard. I've learned over the course of the 8 weeks that it's not enough to address problems with one individual at a time. If we want to see major change that benefits communities, we need to radically change the system within and be in tune with peoples needs by diversifying leadership and allocating funds in preventative education and resources. That's how crucial health policy
is, so at the forefront of these laws, there should be professional healthcare workers, community leaders, and the individuals impacted. Furthermore, I'd like to do global health clinics/research as well, starting with my parent's home in Noakhali, Bangladesh. The more I know about the diversity and cultures of people, the better equipped I'll be as a doctor, an educator, and a person. I'm a curious being so I'm sure there will more interests as I go on in my career. At the moment, I plan to take a gap year after graduation (May 2022) to obtain clinical experience/research and then head to medical school for a MD-MPH degree.


Area of Interest: My research interests include delineating the various disparities in individuals’ and communities’ exposure to the natural, built, social, and occupational environment; demonstrating how these disparities in exposure in turn impact and cause disparities in adults’, children’s, maternal, and/or workers’ health; and ultimately determining the solutions that can help us decrease the disparities observed to ensure environmental justice and health for all.

Area of Interest: My name is Marcos and I'm a second-year medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Miami, I realized from a young age the importance of structural and societal determinants of health and the impact they have on disadvantaged groups. My dedication to serving underprivileged and underserved populations led me to pursue a Master’s in Public Health from Florida International University, where I focused on HIV/AIDS and STD education, as well as conducting research on opioid usage. As a current medical student, I hope to bridge public health and medicine, in order to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.

Vicki Yang

College: CUNY Hunter College

Ernie Yap, MD

Dr. Portia Thomas is a nurse scientist and postdoctoral associate at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in the Department of Medicine, Special Treatment and Research (STAR) program. Her research aims to decrease HIV disparities among racial and sexual minorities by reducing barriers to engaging in HIV prevention methods and behaviors. Thus, her research program focuses on understanding and supporting decision-making surrounding HIV behaviors and risks among racial and sexual minorities in the Southern US. Current and upcoming studies are: 1) assessing the acceptability of telemedicine to provide HIV care services among Black and Hispanic sexual minority men (SMM); 2) exploring pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) decision-making among Southern SMM; and 3) increasing representation of minority populations in HIV interventional research. Dr. Thomas earned her Doctorate in Nursing Science from Kennesaw State University, WellStar School of Nursing and is a certified nurse educator. She also holds an MPH with a focus on public health practices from the University of South Florida.

Area of Interest: My educational area of interest is in the medical field, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Brooklyn College, and would like to go to medical school to pursue an M.D. and a career as a physician (specialty unsure).

Area of Interest: vaccine hesitancy among religious communities.

Ashley Rainey

College: Spelman College

Area of Interest: Medical Anthropology, Healthcare systems, Women's Health

Tolulope Atolagbe

College: St Francis College

Omar Rezaka

College: University at Albany (SUNY)

Claudia Brown

College: SUNY At Albany

                            Post Doctoral Fellows  

Area of Interest: I am currently arising sophomore at Hunter College. I am a pre-med student and plan on attending medical school to become a pediatrician in the future. I also have interests in cell biology and oncology, hoping to participate in research relating to these fields in the near future.

Area of Interest: my educational area of interest is to pursue a joint MD/MPH degree! I hope to one day become a Trauma Surgeon and use my experience in Public Health research to discover ways in making improvements in local community violence. I want to thank the SUNY Downstate SPRINTER Program for the valuable research enrichment program offered to me. I hope to continue my education further with SUNY Downstate in the future.

Nadia Ashraf

College: Stony Brook University

Area of Interest: I am a Biomedical Science major on the Administrative Science and Pre-Med track interested in obtaining a Medical Degree and a Master's of Public Health.

Naomi Ligon

College: CUNY New York City College Of Technology

​Marlene Cam​ach-Rivera

​Transport Years: 2020-2022

Area of Interest: After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Biology, I plan to attend medical school and study Dermatology or Psychiatry.

Faizan Maqsood

College: CUNY Brooklyn College

Area of Interest: I am interested in becoming a PA. Additionally, due to my time at SPRINTER became very interested in pursuing a career in research and also teaching as well. I would like my research to be based on health disparities, clinical research, or research within the life sciences.

Samia Ahmed

College: CUNY Brooklyn College

Iqura Naheed

College: CUNY Brooklyn College

                              TRANSPORT Trainees  

Margaret Salisu

Transport Years: 2020-2022

Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Area of Interest: My area of interest is biomedical science.

Area of Interest: I am a rising junior at CUNY Brooklyn College and will receive my Bachelor of Arts in health and nutrition with a concentration in health science on the pre-med track in Spring 2023. After my undergraduate, I hope to attend medical school and am considering a gap year to focus on research. I have a strong interest in women’s health and health disparities. As a physician, I want to travel to underrepresented countries especially in South Asia because women face discrimination due to deeply rooted cultural norms. There are gender gaps that exist in education, healthcare, and employment. In order to minimize these gaps, it is important to raise awareness of the importance of health literacy and educational attainment among women.

Area of Interest: I would like to go on to get my M.D and work in medicine in the field of cardiology.

​Research Interests: I am interested in studying cardiovascular epidemiology related to health disparities and public health, developing Health IT and community-based solutions tackling these health issues, especially among the underrepresented minorities.​​

Research Interests: urinary miRNA as biomarkers in chronic kidney disease.

                            Junior Faculty  

Jeremy Wilson

Area of Interest: My areas of interest are Psychiatry, research on brain diseases, and Sports

Tanya Victor

College: St. Johns University - New York


Translational Program of Health Disparities Research Training 

Area of Interest: Interested in applying to med school. Career aspirations to be a physician.

Area of Interest: My interests are to go to medical school in the future and specialize in cardiology. I am also interested in conducting clinical research in the future.

Adiebonye E. Jumbo, Ph.D., ITIL.

Jonathan Shields

College: CUNY New York City Of Technology 

Vivian Nguyen