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.
2021-2022 Global Health Student Advisory Committee
Blake Sells, School of Medicine – Chair
Kyerra Norton, McKelvey School of Engineering – Vice Chair
Ifeyinwa Nora Ijeh, Brown School
Tyler Kung, Arts & Sciences
Caellagh Morrissey, School of Medicine
Rida Qureshi, Arts & Sciences
Kaelan Smyser, McKelvey School of Engineering
Rachel Wang, Olin Business School
About the Members
Ifeyinwa Nora Ijeh is a second-year MPH (global health specialization) student at the Brown School. She is currently working as a research assistant on the Education Equity and Quality in Afghanistan and Pakistan (EEQAP) project. Her interests include strengthening health systems to reducing health disparities, system dynamics, and improving maternal and child health. Before joining the Brown School, Ifeyinwa worked as a physician and clinical researcher in Lagos, Nigeria, specializing in primary health care, clinical research, health care financing, and management. She is a graduate of medicine and surgery from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. She is a current scholar of the McDonnell International Academy and a Khinduka fellow. She also works with The NEO Child Initiative (a non-governmental organization focused on child health and education) and is an alumnus of the Action Group on Adolescent Health, both of which are in Nigeria.
Tyler Kung is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences double majoring in Economics and Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment on the pre-medical track. He joined the committee due to his interest in improving healthcare infrastructures and access to care for people all around the globe. One day, Tyler hopes to work to lessen structural inequality and lack of access to care in his work in the medical field. Through his work on the GHSAC, Tyler aspires to increase awareness of global health initiatives as well as connect more students with ways to get involved in global health work.
Caellagh Morrissey is a second-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in History and International Development she worked in Iganga, Uganda, as a program manager for a small non-profit organization focusing on women’s equity, early childhood education, and maternal-fetal health. She is particularly interested in bridging knowledge between low and high-resource healthcare systems to optimize resource management with a focus on equity and the interplay between global health care and climate change.
Kyerra Norton is a sophomore Computer Science student who is also minoring in human-computer interaction. Her interests lie within the intersection of public health and data science. She has experience in global health communications through WUSTL’s two-part Pandemic: Science and Society courses. She hopes to utilize her past experience to create effective and understandable digital public health communication interfaces in the future.
Rida Qureshi is an Arts & Sciences sophomore majoring in Global Health and Environment as part of the Medicine and Society Ampersand program. She fell in love with the Centers for Disease Control early in her high school career and dedicated her senior year to increasing low-income communities’ awareness and surveillance of health threats like antimicrobial resistance. She remains dedicated to closing gaps in healthcare from a policy implementation standpoint, spending this past summer in the uSTAR Scholars Program helping Dr. Lindsay Kuroki resolve unmet social needs that interfere in women’s cervical cancer care. She is especially interested in the role that religion and culture play in complicating women of color’s access to healthcare.
Blake Sells is a second year MD/PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine. As an undergraduate student at Duke, he worked in Shirati, Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda, with community organizations on projects related to treatment and education about schistosomiasis and assessing how nutritional status impacts pediatric cancer treatment outcomes, respectively. He is particularly interested in how dietary, metabolic, and microbiome-directed interventions may improve treatment outcomes for patients with cancer.
Kaelan Smyser is a sophomore studying Environmental Engineering. She is interested in how public health is impacted by climate change and other environmental factors. She has explored these interests both as an Environmental Biology Research Intern for Shaw Nature Reserve, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Tyson Research Center and as a volunteer for the Newborn Brain Society. Through her studies she hopes to minimize environmental pollutants that negatively impact the health and development of marginalized communities.
Rachel Wang is a senior majoring in Operations & Supply Chain Management and Anthropology, with a minor in Computer Science. She is interested in understanding how business theories such as those she has learned in her supply chain management courses can be used to mitigate – and ultimately resolve – current global health challenges. Within the realm of global health, Rachel is particularly passionate about reproductive health and infectious diseases.