Student and Postdoctoral Achievements
Starting at left top MSPH graduates: Cori Pflugradt, Rebecca Kreston, Megan Saunders, Rosie Chavez, Kelly San Miquel, John Kriese, Katie Theoktisto Shelby Lloyd & Steph Love
The 2011 commencement was a great success and the Department of Tropical Medicine would like to congratulate all of our students on their hard work and contributions.
Megan Saunders received the Ernest K.Faust Award for outstanding student in the masters of science in public health program in the Department of Tropical Medicine.
Raeed Ba Heleah received the Charles C. Bass Award for outstanding student in the masters of public health and tropical medicine program in the Department of Tropical Medicine.
Congratulations to Jana Hambley for coming in 2nd place for the Delta Omega Eta Chapter annual poster contest. Jana's title for her poster was "Traumatic Injuries and the Time for Transport to Definitive Care in Ballabgarh, India." Jana was mentored in her research by Dr. Latha Rajan.
After completing her MPH&TM at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in December of 2010, Dr. Refilwe Sello has been in charge of the adolescent program at Botswana Baylor Children Center of Excellence, the first HIV excellence clinic in Africa. The clinic is a partnership between Botswana government and the Baylor International Pediatric Institute located in Houston, Texas. Dr. Sello's clinical duties include providing HIV screening, diagnosis, initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy, ART treatment follow-up and treatment of opportunistic infections and HIV co-morbidities including malaria, TB, pneumonia, cryptococcus meningitis, diarrheal illnesses, malnutrition and management of ART side effects. Since returning back to Botswana, Dr. Sello has used all her skills from Tulane not only in clinical medicine but also to scale up public health interventions at the clinic and in the country.
Dr. Anusha Gopalakrishnan
Anusha Gopalakrishnan, a postdoctoral fellow in the DTM (Kumar Lab) presented a poster on "Recombination Machinery in Plasmodium falciparum" at The Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM) from Sep. 11-15, 2011, held at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA. This meeting gave her an opportunity to discuss her current and future research program that could set the stage for collaborative research endeavor with other national and international scholars.
Anusha also did an oral presentation of this work at the The New Orleans Protein Folding Intergroup (NOProFIG), a biweekly meeting dedicated primarily to the discussion of current research at New Orleans area academic research laboratories and to the dissemination of important research news from conferences and scientific literature.
Mark Rider, a PhD student in the DTM (Wesson lab) presented his work on "Modeling aquatic habitat colonization in the Antimonite valley, Haiti" at the 77th Annual Meeting of The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). This Meeting is the premier education and networking event for researchers, educators, vector control professionals, industry representatives, and students from North America and from other countries. The AMCA recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the science of medical entomology, mosquito studies and public health; and to the development and implementation of control methods and/or equipment.
The Department of Tropical Medicine would like to welcome ALL incoming MSPH, MPHTM, Ph.D. and Diploma Course students.
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