Research Fellows Tackle Global Issues


Brandi Wampler​​​​​​​ | September 28, 2019

Nine graduate students from the University of Notre Dame have joined the Eck Institute for Global Health’s fellowship program. The program aims to support students across the University with an interest in topics that impact global health.

“Along with providing financial support for impactful global health research, the Eck Institute for Global Health fellowship program provides an opportunity for students to connect with peer researchers across campus and learn from one another,” said Bernard Nahlen, director of the Eck Institute and professor of biological sciences. “By championing a diverse array of research programs from biology to anthropology, we aim to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration that benefits the next generation of global health leaders.”

The 2019 EIGH graduate student fellows are:

Katelyn Carothers, graduate student of biological sciences, for her project titled “Role for a secreted Streptococcal protease in host cell and polymicrobial interactions.” Carothers received her bachelor’s degree from Manchester University, and her adviser is Shaun Lee, associate professor of biological sciences.

Rose Donohue, graduate student of biological sciences, for the study “Understanding neglected tropical disease control from a socio-ecological perspective.” Donohue received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Notre Dame, and her adviser is Edwin Michael, professor of biological sciences.

Daniel Hammers, graduate student of biological sciences, for his project, “Identification of a host cell membrane target for Streptolysin S.” Hammers received his bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and his adviser is also Lee.

Kayla Hurd, graduate student of anthropology, for her study titled “Are insects the next health aid? Exploring the correlation between seasonality and consumption patterns with blood spots in Oaxaca, Mexico.” She recently published a paper on the topic in Annals of the Entomological Society of America, which was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Hurd received her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and her master’s degree from Wayne State University, and her adviser is Vania Smith-Oka, associate professor of anthropology and director of graduate studies in anthropology.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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