Intern, HealthMap, a computational epidemiology group at Boston Children’s.

United States of America

This past summer I split my time working between Boston and Guayaquil. In Boston, I was working for HealthMap, a computational epidemiology group at Boston Children’s. My project concerned analyzing geocoded Twitter data to retrospectively monitor the 2012-2013 flu season, which was overestimated by the Google Flu Trends prediction algorithms. At HealthMap, I also worked on developing a research tool for other investigators to track the movement of flu related tweets. In Guayaquil, I was working in a diagnostic lab, using molecular biology techniques to assess HPV prevalence for women in Guayaquil. The research was motivated by the fact that the universal HPV vaccine is targeted towards high risk genotypes 16 and 18, which may not apply to the Ecuadorian population being studied. Additionally in Guayaquil, I was able to shadow doctors and attend classes with medical students at the Luis Vernaza Hospital and Instituto Nacional de Investigacion en Salud Publica in gynecology, gastroenterology, and intensive care. This exposure to healthcare in a growing, urbanized Latin America was a great experience.