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2016-17 Global Health Student Advisory Committee

The Global Health Center has formed its 2016-17 Global Health Student Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of student representatives from Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, McDonnell International Scholars Academy, the School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy, and the Brown School.

The role of the committee is to communicate with the different schools and student groups to help generate awareness and interest in global health among students at Washington University. The group will also organize university-wide events such as Global Health Week and a Global Health Case Competition, and support the annual Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference.

Committee Members

  • President: Wayne Warner, Division of Biology and Biomedical Science
  • Treasurer: Sarah Wondmeneh, Brown School and School of Medicine
  • Communications Director: Joanna Cho, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Lucy Chin, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Cameron Hill, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Porpong Boonmark, McDonnell International Academy Scholar

Honorary Member

  • Cynthia Tang, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

If you are interested in getting involved with global health student activities please email Wayne Warner.

Member Bios


Wayne Warner, President GHSAC, Division of Biology and Biomedical Science
Wayne is a molecular cell biology PhD candidate. He is extremely interested in cancer rates and trends globally and the best practices for prevention and control particularly in developing countries. Currently he leads a multi-university collaborative effort tasked with looking at the epidemiology, and the functional genomics of cancer in the Caribbean. With insights gleaned from his doctoral studies in molecular cell biology, he is striving to increase research efforts, as well as impact cancer prevention and control efforts in the region.


Sarah Wondmeneh, Treasurer, Brown and Medical School
Sarah is a MD, MPH student, currently in her year dedicated to public health at the Brown School. Her personal experiences abroad, as well as second-hand exposure to health care inadequacies as a first generation Ethiopian-Canadian, have fueled a long-held passion for improving global health equity. She is particularly interested in working with vulnerable populations to address existing health disparities and improve access to health care services.


Joanna Cho, Communications, Arts & Sciences
As a representative of the College of Arts and Sciences, Joanna Cho is a 2nd year pre-medical undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in molecular biology & biochemistry and anthropology: global health & environment. Within the field of global health, she is particularly interested in addressing medical issues pertaining to Spanish-speaking populations. Her long-term career goals include becoming a pediatrician and traveling abroad to serve rural areas with limited healthcare access. She currently volunteers at La Casa de Salud and Children’s Hospital and she will be studying public health abroad in Peru this summer.


Lucy Chin, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Lucy is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, double majoring in anthropology on the blobal health and environment track and american culture studies. Throughout her time at WashU, she has focused on studying the intersection of individual and community level health and contemporary social policies. Outside of the classroom Lucy is involved in GlobeMed at WashU – a student-run non-profit that works to upend health inequity through a long-term international partnership – and a student staff member at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, where she coordinates a tutoring program at the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. After graduation Lucy hopes to find a job opportunity in which she can combine public health and education equity, continuing to interpret health from a broad socially informed perspective. 


Cameron Hill, Arts & Sciences
Cameron’s interest in global health springs from her trips to rural Kenya where she learned about female genital cutting and other health issues specific to women. Cameron is majoring in global health and the environment in the College of Arts and Sciences and is in the medicine and society anthropology program. She plans to become a doctor and practice in a developing country or on a Native American Reservation. 

Cynthia Tang, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
Cynthia is a clinical research coordinator at Washington University. She grew up in Idaho and graduated from The College of Idaho with a major in chemistry and minors in philosophy and international development. As a researcher at Washington University, she worked with lncRNAs in cancer and is helping to develop a noninvasive assay to diagnose kidney cancer for low-resource settings. Cynthia aspires to become a physician working to improve access to quality healthcare and preventive medicine for under-served populations as well as expand health literacy. She enjoys volunteering with the World Pediatric Project, working with patients from under-resourced countries receiving treatment in St. Louis. Beyond research, Cynthia enjoys coaching figure skating and traveling.