Emily Briskin (PC ’15) plans to pursue a Master of Public Health degree after graduating with a double major in French and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Emily's interest in both foreign cultures and science has fostered her passion for global health. At Yale, Emily enjoys her work in a molecular biology research laboratory and is an active member of Community Health Educators, an outreach group that equips New Haven students with facts on personal health. Emily has also served as co-director of Yale Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition, a student organization focused on global health activism and advocacy. Emily is spending fall semester of 2013 studying abroad in Paris, France. Emily hopes to use her passion for biology and knowledge of French to work on structuring evidence-based health programs in underserved populations around the globe.
During the summer of 2013 I worked as a research intern in the Center for Nutrition and Food Security at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). I completed statistical analysis of demographic, socioeconomic and anthropometric data collected from subjects living in an urban slum in the Mirpur district of Dhaka city. The results of this study were used as the basis for an article examining environmental contributors to stunted growth in children. I also observed clinical rounds in the diarrhea ward and interacted with mothers and undernourished children in the Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit of the hospital in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges leading to malnutrition as well as its prevention and treatment.