Staff

Our Interdisciplinary Health Network Team, is truly interdisciplinary. Our backgrounds encompass a range of fields to provide the best services possible that meet the mission of the Interdisciplinary Health Network. Feel free to contact any one of us with any questions/concerns! If you are interested in joining the staff, please contact us at ihn.contact*gmail.com

Executive Team

Ye Jin Kang

Ye jin Kang

Co-Founder; Executive Director

Ye jin is a current student at Harvard Medical School. Ye jin’s passion lies in tackling infectious diseases in low resource countries, with a strong interest in North Korea’s healthcare system. Thus far, she has taken a disease-driven approach to studying development, where she has pursued internships studying tuberculosis in clinical (Masan National TB Hospital), laboratory (US National Institutes of Health), and community settings (Operation ASHA). Her undergraduate studies at Rice were in ecology and evolution to comprehend disease transmission dynamics and in biochemistry to understand the molecular basis of disease. She is a graduate of SIT/World Learning’s International Honors Program Health and Community track, which allowed for a comparative study of healthcare systems in Switzerland, India, China, and South Africa. Based upon the recognition that interventions should be based upon an understanding of people, she recently completed studies in medical anthropology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She also completed her MPP at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government to learn to develop effective and ethically oriented policy. Her goal is to enter public service, so that she can push to innovate and scale socially conscious policy interventions that stay true to community needs. Ye jin also enjoys playing the cello, traveling, and scuba diving.

Lucy Zhu

Lucy Zhu

Co-Founder; Director, Development

Lucy has a myriad of interests ranging from infectious and chronic diseases to preventative healthcare and healthcare management. She graduated magna cum laude from Rice University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, holding a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, a B.A. in Managerial Studies, and a minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. While at Rice, she completed an honors thesis on the impact of a multi-variable model of disease on population dynamics in alternative states of microcosms. As a Rice/Baylor Medical Scholar, she is currently pursuing an M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine. Lucy firmly believes in that “quality healthcare is a fundamental right, not a privilege.” Her goal is to establish a fully comprehensive health institution encompassing quality medical care, preventative care, patient education, and lifestyle counseling through a biopsychosocial approach. In her spare time, she loves teaching, writing and volunteering, and yoga.

Felix Chang

Felix Chang

Director, Financial Management

Felix Chang graduated from Rice University in 2012 with a BS in Bioengineering. During his time at Rice, he also performed research in cancer biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Specifically, his research was in better understanding the pathogenesis of leukemia in relation to important tumor suppressor genes. For his senior design project, he participated in a team that developed a medical device for the treatment of glaucoma. Felix is currently a medical student at UT Southwestern and aspires to better understand how disease manifests differently in each individual and how treatments can be tailored as such. In his free time, Felix likes learning guitar, martial arts, and other activities.

Course Coordinators

Neima Briggs

Neima Briggs

Course Coordinator, 2014 Neglected Tropical Diseases Online Learning Institute

Neima is a current MD/PhD Candidate at UTHealth/MD Anderson Cancer Center. Following his graduation in 2011 from the Dean’s Scholars Program at the University of Texas at Austin, Neima began his pursuit of international healthcare through a Fulbright Fellowship to Valencia, Spain. There he conducted research in understanding the transmission of antibiotic resistance between mothers and infants to help guide protocols of antibiotic therapy during pregnancy. Upon returning to the States, Neima began his PhD research in Neglected Tropical Diseases with the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine that works in conjunction with the BCM National School of Tropical Medicine. His current research is immune profiling humans infected with soil-transmitted helminthes, which infect over a billion people, predominately the world’s poorest. The major aim of his research is to contribute to the development of a pan-helminth vaccine and novel diagnostics. Partnering with the non-profit Houston Shoulder to Shoulder and S.I.G.H.T. at UT Health Medical School, Neima works with a small medical brigade to provide continuous medications, nutritional supplementation, and education to the rural municipality of Colomoncagua, Honduras. His lifelong goal is to enhance global access to interventions for the prevention and elimination of neglected diseases. Some of his favorite leisure activities include scuba diving, travel, and playing sports, in particular soccer.

Paul Hausknecht

Paul Hausknecht

Course Coordinator, 2014 Neglected Tropical Diseases Online Learning Institute

Paul majored in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. This interdisciplinary curriculum allowed him to study health from a variety of perspectives. Collaborating with the Wash U school of medicine, he helped develop and conduct a male sexual health assessment studying the adherence of STI screening in home-based versus clinical settings. Later, during post-baccalaureate study at Mills College, he spent two years working with the Casa Segura Needle Exchange in Oakland, California, implementing various harm reduction strategies within the local community. Paul also helped found the Mills College chapter of FACE AIDS—a nationwide organization that raises money and awareness to promote global health equity. Paul is currently in his first year at Baylor College of Medicine, where he continues to pursue a wide range of interests including refugee health, wilderness medicine, and neglected tropical disease. In the future, he looks forward to combining the roles of student, educator, clinician, and health advocate. In his free time, Paul likes to travel, rock climb, and mountain bike.

Kate Klein

Kate Klein

Course Coordinator, 2014 HIV/AIDS Online Learning Institute

Kate Klein is a current ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Kate is also the Associate Director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Kate has a Master’s in Public Health from Northwestern University, as well as a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from American University, and takes a cultural approach to public health. She also the blog editor and frequent contributor to Northwestern’s Public Health Review. Kate is interested in international public health, with a focus on HIV and other infectious disease prevention education in resource poor settings. Kate has worked in Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa on HIV/AIDS education and research. She was part of Northwestern’s team competing at Emory University’s International Global Health Case Competition and completed Complex Humanitarian Emergency Assistance Leadership Training Program at the University of California-San Francisco. Kate interned with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia, working with IntraHealth International on a PEPFAR funded Community Prevention of Mother to Child (HIV) Transmission project. Her goal is to work in international public health, specifically designing behavior change education programs that are evidence based, culturally sensitive, and tailored to specific locations. She also enjoys reading, Woody Allen movies, and running.

Swetha Mandaloju

Swetha Mandaloju

Course Coordinator, 2014 TB Online Learning Institute

Swetha Mandaloju is a medical student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas. She graduated in May 2013 from Rice University with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Swetha discovered her interest in global medicine through a pediatric global health seminar course at Rice. In the summer of 2013, she was a student of IHN’s inaugural TB learning institute, and in the following summer, she helped coordinate the very same course. She is currently continuing her education as a global health scholar at TTUHSC. Apart from academics, Swetha is highly involved in her community. As vice president of TTUHSC’s Texas Medical Association/American Medical Association chapter, she is an advocate of being informed and involved in healthcare policy decision-making, and she promotes medical community service programs such as "Hard Hats for Little Heads" and "Be Wise – Immunize". As co-founder and vice-president of the Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) Club, she works to promote student wellness and to educate future healthcare professionals about the importance of integrating (rather than ignoring) evidence-based CAM therapies with conventional medicine. Swetha also volunteers from time to time at local community events.

Aimee Nguyen

Aimee Nguyen

Course Coordinator, 2014 TB Online Learning Institute

Aimee recently graduated from Rice University with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Through the Health, Humanities and Social Sciences program, she completed an research internship at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center that focuses on alleviating the symptoms from the co-morbidity of diabetes and depression via telephone therapy. Her interests currently vary widely from women’s health, preventable diseases, history of medicine, mental health, and social and cultural influences on health. She believes that improving the health of local communities is the key to overall global health improvement. In the near future, she hopes to go to medical school and serve her local community by treating each person as a whole individual being. Currently she is working as a ER medical scribe in Houston. In her spare time, Aimee enjoys reading mysteries, drawing, and watching Doctor Who.

Bru Prasad

Bru Prasad

Course Coordinator, 2014 TB Online Learning Institute

Bru Prasad is a recent medical graduate of Zhejiang University, located in Hangzhou, China. After completing his clinical internship year at Zhejiang University 2nd Affiliated Hospital, Bru is ready to take on the United States Medical Licensing Exams in order to become a practicing physician in the United States. In the past couple years, Bru has had the opportunity to closely examine the newly discovered infectious strains of the Avian Flu virus and the effects they have been having on patients in the eastern regions of China. In addition to Infectious Disease, Bru also possesses great interest and talent in the fields of Psychiatry and Neurology. Currently, his passion lies in scientific research. His goal is to enter public service to care for patients and to educate patients to care for themselves. In his free time, Bru enjoys playing western and eastern percussion instruments, music production, and travelling to places near and far.