Cardiovascular Research Inst

Poonam Rao, MD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Poonam Rao, MD, graduated as a MBBS from Pt. B.D Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, India in 2016. After graduation, she worked for some time as a General Physician in rural India. She moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue higher education as a physician-scientist, and complete clinical observerships in Jackson Health System, Miami, and Cleveland Clinic, Florida. As she wants to stay at the boundary between research and clinical practice in the long term, after some clinical training, she pivoted towards research.

Abra Jeffers, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Abra Jeffers, PhD, has a doctorate in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University focusing on statistical health care methods and applications. Her dissertation was on machine learning and epidemiological methods in the study of personal risk factors of cancers of the breast and prostate. Her research can be used to guide personalized health care strategies based on risk stratification.

Neiloy Sircar, JD, LLM

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Neil Sircar, JD, LLM is a human rights lawyer specializing in global and public health, global governance, and health in humanitarian crises. He recently concluded a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship with the National Institutes for Health through the Northern Pacific Global Health Consortium at the University of Washington. He is principal investigator on a study for assessing the implementation of human rights-based approaches to HIV testing and notification in Kenya with the prominent Kenyan non-governmental organization Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network.

Joanne Lyu, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Joanne Lyu, PhD, received her PhD in Communication from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining CTCRE, she was an Assistant Professor at Macau University of Science and Technology, and most recently at The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. During her doctoral study, Joanne won a Top Student Paper award in the Public Relations (PR) Division at the 2012 annual conference of International Communication Association (ICA). In 2017, as a principal investigator, she was awarded a Hong Kong government research grant. Joanne is excited to be a member of CTCRE.

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Shannon Kozlovich, PhD, has a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Washington State University where her research focused on the impact of genotype and menthol on tobacco toxicity and carcinogenic effects. The work with menthol opened her eyes to the impact scientific evidence has on public policy, or rather, the impact it should have.

Amit Yadav, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Amit Yadav, PhD, received his Doctorate in Law with a focus on Public Health, Tobacco and International Trade and Investment Treaties from the National Law School of India University Bangalore, India. He has also completed MPhil and LLM from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Other Research and Leadership Trainings Completed by him include, Dissemination and Implementation Training for Waterpipe Research from the U.S.

Arit Harvanko, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Amy Hafez, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Priyanka Vyas, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Priyanka Vyas, PhD started her career as a journalist in New Delhi, after completing her BA in political science from Wilson College, Mumbai.  During her stint as a reporter covering trade and policy issues, she became interested in how policies could be better analyzed and implemented.  This single most desire to influence policy decisions led her to move to the US for further education.

Yvette Van Der Eijk, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Cardiovascular Research Inst

Yvette did a PhD in public health ethics at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore and a BSc in Biochemistry (Pharmacology) at the University of Surrey, UK. As part of her studies, she was also based at the University of Turku (Finland), Hastings Center (New York), University of Tübingen (Germany), Brocher Foundation (Switzerland), and WHO Regional Office for Europe (Denmark). After her PhD she worked as a Public Health Analyst at Newcastle City Council, UK, and as a freelance consultant for the WHO Regional Office for Europe's tobacco control programme.

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