The Global Health Student Advisory Committee is comprised of student representatives from the School of Arts & Sciences, Brown School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, School of Medicine, McKelvey School of Engineering, School of Law, and Olin Business School.
This group works closely with the Global Health Center on university-wide activities and organizes events. 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 and beyond. The group participates in university-wide events including Global Health Week as well as the annual Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference.
2023-24 Global Health Student Advisory Committee
- Chair: Aarav Dubey, Arts & Sciences
- Vice Chair: Samyuktha Kolluru, McKelvey School of Engineering
- Vice Chair: Victoria Wright, Arts & Science
- Esse Aigbokhan, McKelvey School of Engineering
- Grace Henderson, Olin Business School
- Peter Kalulu, Brown School
- Miriam Ndukwe, School of Medicine
- Jane White, Olin Business School
About the members
Aarav Dubey is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in neuroscience with a keen interest in providing equitable and holistic medical services. He was born in Gwalior, India and moved to America when he was 13. He has experiences with the vastly different medical systems in the two countries and has previously worked towards fundraising towards providing culturally sensitive care to immigrants in his community. He hopes to deepen the community’s understanding of how different groups interact with the medical system in a global context.
Samyuktha Kolluru is a second-year PhD student in materials science and engineering with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Her research lies in experimental and computational biomechanics and biomaterials to study human pregnancy. Samyuktha’s long-term goal is to advocate for the importance of engineering-driven solutions within the realm of women’s health and the vital role of the scientific community in pushing the boundaries of technology to promise a better quality of life for women during and after pregnancy. Born and raised in Virginia and enriched by her teenage years in India, she is passionate about global health due to her exposure to health care disparities in diverse settings. She is committed to advancing global health equity and awareness, particularly in resource-constrained environments.
Victoria Wright is a junior pursuing a multidisciplinary education in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology with a focus on cognitive neuroscience and anthropology. Her passion for learning is fueled by her dream of becoming a global health pediatrician, dedicated to serving vulnerable children and advocating for their rights and well-being. Victoria actively seeks opportunities to deepen her understanding of intersectional efforts in medical democratization, particularly in the realms of mental health care and child-maternal health policy. Her experiences include interning with the grassroots organization Uganda Development and Health Associates and conducting research on child maltreatment recidivism rates at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis Medical School’s Children’s Psychiatric Department.
Esse Aigbokhan is a third-year PhD candidate in biomedical engineering, harnessing the power of synthetic biology tools to engineer microbes for the targeted delivery of biologics. Prior to embarking on her doctoral journey, she made significant contributions to the pharmaceutical sector in Nigeria, where she played a pivotal role in ensuring the availability of life-saving medications to patients with chronic conditions. Her unwavering commitment to global health is rooted in her profound awareness of the glaring inequity in health care access experienced by millions of individuals across the globe. She firmly believes that addressing these inequalities necessitates a proactive and inclusive approach. Her academic background includes a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in biomedical engineering from Bells University of Technology, Nigeria.
Grace Henderson is a junior studying health care management with double minors in business analytics and film and media studies at Olin. She is interested in the intersection between health care, business, and health analytics and how these factors can work together to improve patient care. She has explored these interests through her summer internship working for health care start-up Caralyst Health, whose driving mission was to help marginalized communities in St. Louis access health care providers and physicians. Through this work, Grace hopes to showcase the positive effects having the right health care provider can have on groups who traditionally do not have access to primary care. Following undergraduate school, she hopes to receive her MPH and JD in health law and policy.
Peter Kalulu is a dedicated second-year Master of Public Health student specializing in global health at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. With a focus on promoting global health equity and accessibility for marginalized groups, Peter hails from the Northern part of Uganda and has a strong passion for evidence-based public health. His background in quantitative economics, attained from Makerere University, Uganda, further complements his expertise in this field.
Miriam Ndukwe is a second year medical student. Her interests in global health stem from her inadequate health care experiences growing up in Nigeria. She moved to America for college at Claflin University where she majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. Prior to medical school, she worked on research projects at Atreca, Inc., studying targeted immunotherapy for cancer. Additionally, she volunteered for the Santa Clara Public Health on their vaccination programs during the COVID pandemic. Her current global health interests include preventative care, health care system innovation and health policy.
Jane White is a sophomore studying health care management at the Olin Business School and women, gender, and sexuality studies(WGSS) with a health concentration in the College of Arts and Sciences. She attributes her interest in sexual health programming to her past experiences as a sexual assault response peer counselor and the knowledge she has accumulated in her WGSS courses at university. This interest soon developed into a passion for global health, specifically how strategies from other countries’ health systems can improve U.S. patient care, health care financing and access, and intervention programs. On a smaller scale, Jane hopes to promote harm-reduction and health care financing literacy programming on WashU’s campus.