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Center For Global Health Fellows

CGH supported fellowships are a core component of developing future leaders in global health. Current fellows include Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Innovations postdoctoral fellows and Global Infectious Disease Research Training (GIDRT) predoctoral fellows associated with the UVa-Univen collaboration in South Africa. In the 30+ year history of the Center, over 100 fellows have received training and have all returned to research, academic and other leadership positions in their home countries.

 

Briggite Mahlatse Modipane

GIDRT Pre-Doc Fellow


University of Venda

Briggite obtained her MA from the University of Venda in 2013, after completing research on the sexual practices of those living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment. She is currently a fellow at the Foundation for Professional Development and has presented her research at the Public Health Conference in Bangkok. As a fellow, she will be receiving training and conducting research on the therapies and practices for HIV infected persons. Her research will contribute to a collaboration between UVA and UNIVEN in research on health priorities of northeast South Africa.
 

David M. Kahler, Ph.D., E.I.T.

WHIL Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow


University of Virginia

David earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Duke University, where he examined the fluid mechanics of groundwater remediation and a novel technique to speed up contaminant removal. He was an NSF Graduate Teaching Fellow in K-12 education, which led him to India to teach environmental engineering for two summers. Following graduate school, David was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow for USAID in the Office of Water. There, he focused on higher education partnerships and water resources management, especially in agricultural projects primarily in Africa. At UVA, David will study the dispersion dynamics of the ceramic water treatment device, Pure Madi.

Liz Rogawski

WHIL Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow


Liz received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a research focus in infectious disease and international health. Her dissertation studied the impact of antibiotic use early in life on childhood diarrheal rates and growth among children in south India. Previously during her training, she studied the effects of malaria and preventive treatment during pregnancy on fetal anemia, and helped implement diagnostics for asymptomatic malaria in an elimination setting in Thailand. As a WHIL fellow, Liz will continue to study child health in the MAL-ED cohort and implement a randomized trial to test the effectiveness of point-of-use water technologies to prevent childhood stunting in Limpopo.

Nontokozo Daphney Matume

GIDRT Pre-Doc Fellow


Daphney recently received her MSc in Microbiology from the University of Venda, where she studied Anti HIV-1 replication properties of an herbal preparation (Pheko). She is working under Drs. Guerrant and Dillingham, and in collaboration with Professors David Rekosh and Marie-Louise Hammarskjold of the Myles Thaler Center for Human Retrovirus Research, analyzing potential co-evolution of host cell genes and HIV-1 in genetically diverse South African populations. Her research will contribute to the collaboration between UVA and UNIVEN in research on health priorities of Northeast South Africa.

Rendani Netshikweta

GIDRT Pre-Doc Fellow


University of Venda

Rendani has completed his MSc in Applied Mathemathics from the University of Venda. He is working under Dr. Guerrant, Dr. Dillingham, and Professor Learmonth using advanced mathematical modeling as an analytical tool in the study of human helminthiases dynamics, specifically, modeling the transmission of diarrheal infection. His research will contribute to a collaboration between UVA and UNIVEN in research on health priorities of northeast South Africa.