Student Profiles

2019 Cohort

  • Jaskaran Cheema

    Jaskaran Cheema

    Jaskaran graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. As an MPH student at the University of California, San Diego, Jaskaran’s interests include infectious disease epidemiology, technology & precision health, public health policy, infectious disease modelling and health economic modelling.
  • Ricardo Flores

    Ricardo Flores

    Ricardo is a 15th generation Hispano of New Mexico, and grew up in Socorro, New Mexico, a small town next to the Rio Grande. He was awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship in 2013 and went on to earn a degree in Linguistics at New York University. He is interested in using quantitative data to tell a story and improve lives. In his free time, he enjoys calisthenics, genealogical research, and learning languages. He speaks Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese, and can get by in Mandarin, French, and Japanese.

  • Rita Hedo

    Rita Hedo

    Rita graduated with a B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Medicine Science from UC San Diego, and she is currently pursuing an MPH in Epidemiology. She enjoys traveling, hiking, the beach, and coffee. She did her MPH practicum at SD County, Department of Public Health Services, HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Branch; and she worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at UCSD Department of Psychiatry and the Stein Institute for Clinical Research on Aging where she developed her BSPH capstone project and master thesis manuscript. Rita is a friendly person, feel free to message her on LinkedIn if you have any questions (username: Rita Hedo). 

  • Andrew Kwaning

    Andrew Kwaning

    Andrew Kwaning is a 2nd year student with a concentration in Health Behavior. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After UCLA, he attained a Master of Social Work in 2019 from the University of Southern California. He is passionate about the alleviation of health care disparities and inequities in disenfranchised communities, especially within communities of color. In the coming years, he plans to become a public health social work researcher, educator, and practitioner. 

  • Michelle Liu

    Michelle Liu

    Michelle Liu was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California. She attended the University of California, Riverside and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, one of her greatest experiences was working at the wellness center as a peer educator for the mental health group, Active Minds; after which she was determined to pursue a graduate degree in public health. Her interests lie in studying different dissemination and implementation techniques as well as understanding the different barriers towards mental health care. While balancing her coursework, Michelle works for the County of San Diego as a COVID-19 Case Investigator as well as the UC San Diego Women’s Center as the Graduate Student Intern.

2020 Cohort

  • Haider Aldiwani, MD

    Haider Aldiwani, MD

    Haider Aldiwani was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He finished his medical school at Al-Nahrain University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Wayne State University and his fellowship in Women’s Heart Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is currently working as an academic hospitalist at Scripps Health System in San Diego, California.
  • Amy Atun

    Amy Atun

    Amy graduated from UC Davis with a double major in Animal Science and Spanish and a minor in Comparative Literature. She spent one year studying abroad at the Complutense University of Madrid, during which she furthered her passion for the Spanish language. Her internship with the Health Education and Promotion program at the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center is what sparked her interest in the public health field. In her career, she aims to interact with diverse communities, support underserved populations, and fight health disparities. Amy is also a barista and enjoys running in her free time.

  • Mia Casciani

    Mia Casciani

    Mia Casciani graduated from UCSD with a BA in Global Health. After taking a biostatistics and epidemiology course as an undergraduate student, she fell in love with public health. She’s applied public health knowledge throughout her work experience, including working as an Arabic language global programs intern at Millie’s Bookshelf and as a clinical trial data manager at CRC Oncology. In her free time, Mia enjoys surfing, rock climbing, and cooking.

  • Amber Chung

    Amber Chung

    Amber was raised in Orange County, CA and completed her undergraduate degree in General Biology from UCSD. She has experience working with a national nonprofit that works to encourage young people to take charge of their health and improve their physical fitness and wellness. She is passionate about helping others improve their health and wellbeing and hopes to implement lasting changes in the healthcare system to better help those in need. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, trying new foods, and traveling.
  • Jessica Dominguez

    Jessica Dominguez

    Jessica was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos in Mexico, but was raised in Wasco, located in California's Central Valley. While in high school, she realized that she wanted to become a physician to help empower people with health information. She became the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from UC Berkeley with B.A. in Integrative Biology. As a college student, she was involved in community health outreach, and became fascinated by public health. She then made it her goal to one day earn both a Medical Degree and a Master’s in Public Health. After graduating college, she worked for a couple of years as a health educator focusing on teen pregnancy and STI/HIV awareness and prevention. She then attended the UCSD Post-Baccalaureate Premedical program which helped her prepare to apply to medical school. She is now in the UC San Diego School of Medicine PRIME-Health Equity program, which is a combined Masters and Medical Degree program. Jessica believes that a Masters in Public Health will equip her with the tools needed to promote awareness and help address health disparities.

    In her spare time, Jessica likes to hang out with her nieces and nephew, see her family, and enjoy the outdoors. 

  • Alexandra Duisberg, MD

    Alexandra Duisberg, MD

    Alexandra Duisberg, MD, born in Latin America, and raised between five counties as the daughter of US diplomats seeks to utilize her global view by looking beyond US borders to developing countries to empower local healthcare providers with education and resources and create lasting impact.  

    As a former practicing physician in residency at Stanford University in the department of family medicine focusing on global health, integrative medicine and emerging technologies, she learned the importance of designing high quality health care and delivery systems for saving human lives.  

    Alexandra coordinated immigrant and refugee free clinics while in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also led several international health initiatives, and conducted infectious disease research abroad.  She also served as Medical Director for StopThirst, working with displaced Syrians seeking refuge. Subsequently she launched Energize the Chain in Ghana, in partnership with the University, to utilize technological innovation to increase vaccination and healthcare coverage in rural Africa.  

    She looks forward to continuing to develop new ideas of improving the health of our world while at UCSD. 

    Prior to her work in medicine, Alexandra was a competitive figure skater training with the Polish and US Olympic teams.  

  • Susan Glockner, MD

    Susan Glockner, MD

    Susan has been a family physician in San Diego for almost 30 years.  She graduated from Princeton with a Biology major focusing on animal behavior while running cross country and playing water polo.  She headed back to California (had been raised in Los Angeles) for medical school at UCSD graduating in 1989.  Public health was on her mind when publishing her thesis on women’s attitudes on the relatively new screening tool - mammography.  After she completed her family practice residency at Santa Monica Hospital, she returned to UCSD as one of the first fellows in sports medicine.

    After that she began private practice in Encinitas and raised two children who now are both in their mid-twenties.  As she became more involved in their science, sports and scouting activities, she moved her career to focus on outpatient medicine for the underserved by working in community clinics from Mission Bay to Oceanside.  Seeing the need for physicians in leadership to enact change, she retired from her regular practice to work per diem only currently with San Diego Sports Medicine while getting her MPH here.  Currently, she is helping on an Exercise is Medicine project, teaching medical students at their free clinic, and recently joined the San Diego Reserve Corps COVID Task Force for educating medical personnel.  She lives in Encinitas with her husband and her dog who is her running buddy.

  • Colin King

    Colin King

    Colin King graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communication. He is involved in local organizations and programs, including the Human Dignity Foundation, the Recovery Ride, and Family Health Centers’ Clean Syringe Exchange Program. His research interests include LGBT+ Health, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. In his free time, he enjoys country dancing, cycling, and watching movies.

  • Suzan Mahdai, MD

    Suzan Mahdai, MD

    Suzan was born in Iraq and finished medical school at Baghdad University School of Medicine. During that time, she survived three wars that forced her to leave my home country. Her dreams took her to the United States of America where she currently works as an assistant professor/faculty member at San Ysidro health IM residency program. She previously served in the same position at Wayne State University in Michigan. Currently, she is also a practicing academic hospitalist at Scripps Health in San Diego, California. She serves as member of the Advisory Board for Women Heart Health Alliance (WHA) to raise awareness on women's heart health via social media. Suzan has two amazing children, and in her spare time, likes to travel and listen to audiobooks.
  • Jane Moon

    Jane Moon

    Jane Moon is a San Diego native who received a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley with an emphasis in Human Biology. After graduating, Jane worked as a 5th-grade teaching assistant and an 8th-grade science teacher. Her interest in public health grew after she volunteered at several hospitals in the San Diego area. In her free time, Jane enjoys learning to sew and spending time at the beach.

  • Kristen Moore

    Kristen Moore

    Kristen was born & raised in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Nutritional Sciences & minors in both Psychology and Communications. After graduating, Kristen spent two years as a Nutritionist for the Texas WIC Program and then three years at Dexcom in San Diego. Her work experience confirmed her passion for public health, particularly public health policy, nutrition, health education, and disease prevention. In her free time, she is most likely running, playing with her black lab puppy, or finding other ways to be active outdoors.

  • Jacqueline Poblete

    Jacqueline Poblete

    Jacqueline was born in Acapulco, Mexico. She was raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from California State University, Northridge. Jacqueline has been working as a CNA for the past two years at a Japanese skilled nursing facility. Working directly with patients gave her the chance to impact the lives of others every day. Her interest in infection control and disease prevention is what led her to pursue her MPH in Epidemiology. When she’s not studying, Jacqueline enjoys playing soccer and attending music festivals. Here’s to growth, new challenges and exciting opportunities. 

  • Lauren Redfern

    Lauren Redfern

    Lauren grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and attended Davidson College in North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in mathematics. Lauren became interested in public health through her experiences working in clinical research laboratories and is passionate about women’s health and reproductive rights. Lauren also enjoys trail running and practicing yoga in her free time. 

  • Emily Reiter

    Emily Reiter

    Emmi grew up in Syracuse, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Human Development. As an undergraduate, she worked on various research projects related to water quality, the U.S. foster care system, and inclusion classrooms. After graduating, Emmi moved to San Diego to work as a Behavioral Therapist. She is interested in epidemiology and data analysis, particularly maternal, infant, and child health. In her free time, Emmi enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and eating good food with friends.

  • Selina Sandoval, MD

    Selina Sandoval, MD

    Selina Sandoval was born in Sacramento CA. She attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate degree where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Humanities. She then travelled to the Midwest and attended the University of Illinois for medical school. After graduation she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas before matching into the Fellowship in Family Planning at the University of California, San Diego. Selina has a special interest in reproductive justice and is dedicated to protecting her patient's rights and access to comprehensive reproductive health care.  

  • Dana Song

    Dana Song

    Dana Song graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelors in Public Health. Born and raised in Southern California's high desert, Dana grew up mostly outdoors where she spent most her time tending to her chickens, climbing trees, or running on the trails.

    Prior to entering the UCSD MPH program, Dana worked in various studies, relating to physical activity and active transportation. She also dedicates her time to illustrating fun and engaging illustrations and infographics covering various cool marine biology topics. While balancing school, life, and a global pandemic, Dana enjoys decompressing on a road and/or mountain bike ride whenever possible. 

  • Me Young Song

    Me Young Song

    Me Young grew up in Orange County, California and received her BS degree in Public Health at UC San Diego. Currently working at UC San Diego Health Services Research Center, she works with many projects on a county and state-wide level. She was inspired by her colleagues at her workplace to further her education and looks forward to working with more health-related data for public health programs. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and cafes, binge-watching Netflix shows, and is trying to learn the guitar.

  • Sharon Tang

    Sharon Tang

    Sharon is a San Diego native who stops at nothing. She believes that everyone deserves the best level of care, including people that have been overlooked. Her research presented at the Chapman University Honors Program Conference discussed the generational inheritance of trauma through epigenetics, and solidified her dedication to young voices unheard. Credited to spectacular professors and mentors, Sharon completed a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and minors in Sociology and the University Honors Program.  She is the Program Manager of Underground GRIT, an organization that promotes change in prisons, jails, and juvenile halls, and works with people who are breaking cycles perpetuated by trauma. She believes in rehabilitation over punishment and seeks to develop interdisciplinary opportunities to mend voids in communities, identify long-term solutions to social health problems, and celebrate resilience, hope, and redemption.