COVID Corps Biomedical Research Internship Program:

2021 Cohort

2021 Cohort Summary

We are pleased to announce our 2021 cohort of the MGH COVID Corps Biomedical Research Internship Program. We have selected 17 exceptional interns from a pool of 138 applications. 100% of our cohort are from groups historically underrepresented in biomedical science, with an average graduate and undergraduate GPA of 3.68. 

  • 8 are cisgender women, and 2 are genderqueer, non-binary, questioning or unsure.

  • 4 are Black or African American, 2 are Hispanic or Latinx, and 10 are Asian or Asian American.

 

Meet Our 2021 Cohort

Elizabeth Abe

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

DO Candidate

Class of 2024

Mentors: Jehan Alladina, MD, and Benjamin Medoff, MD

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Sebastian Cota

Boston College

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Class of 2024

Mentor: Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

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Kenechukwu "Kenny" Egbuonu

MIT

Biology

Class of 2021

Mentors: Caitlin Dugdale, MD, and Emily Hyle, MD, MSc

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Ramla Hagi

UMass Boston

Biology and Political Science

Class of 2022

Mentor: Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc

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Meghna Iyer

Northeastern University

Health Science

Class of 2022

Mentor: Stephen Bartels, MD, MS

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Shilei "Lisa" Li

Smith College

Biochemistry

Class of 2024

Mentors: Lauren Breithaupt, PhD, and Randy Gollub, PhD, MD

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Leonardo Nguyen

Boston College

Neuroscience

Class of 2024

Mentor: Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

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Shwetabh "Tabo" Tarun

The Ohio State University

Political Science

Class of 2021

Mentors: Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc, and Upeka Samarakoon, PhD, MPH, MS

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Nina Zhang

Brandeis University

Health Science, Society, and Policy

Class of 2024

Mentor: Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD

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Taylor Chiang

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 

MD Candidate

Class of 2024

Mentors: Karen Sepucha, PhD, Lauren Leavitt, MA

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Vicki Do

Tufts University 

Biology and Philosophy

Class of 2023

Mentors: Kenneth Shelton, MD, and Jonathan Ludmir, MD

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Christina Exilhomme

Northeastern University

American Sign Language

Class of 2024

Mentor: John Hsu, MD, MBA, MSCE

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Buuthien Hang

UMass Amherst

Computer Engineering

Class of 2024

Mentors: Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc

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Jian Li

Columbia University Mailman Public Health

Public Health

Class of 2022

Mentor: Alice Ho, MD, MBA

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Adna Mohamed

Williams College

Political Economy

Class of 2022

Mentor: Peggy Lai, MD, MPH

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Won Shin

Pacific Lutheran University

Biology

Class of 2021

Mentor: Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH

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Jingwen "Mordred" Yuan

Smith College

Chemistry

Class of 2021

Mentor: Amit Joshi, MBBS, PhD

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Meet Our 2021 Mentors

 

Jehan Alladina, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc

Co-Director, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, MGH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Technology Assessment, MGH

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

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Randy Gollub, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with secondary appointment in Radiology, MGH

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Emily Hyle, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Amit Joshi, MBBS, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

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Lauren Leavitt, MA

Senior Clinical Research Program Manager, Health Decision Sciences Center, MGH

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Benjamin Medoff, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

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Upeka Samarakoon, PhD, MPH, MS

Senior Program/Project Manager, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, MGH

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Ken Shelton, MD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School

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Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH

Director, Rural Medicine Programs, MGH

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

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Stephen Bartels, MD, MS

Director, Mongan Institute

James J. and Jean H. Mongan Chair of Health Policy and Community Health

Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Lauren Breithaupt, PhD

Clinical & Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

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Caitlin Dugdale, MD

Instructor in Medicine, MGH

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Alice Ho, MD, MBA

Director of Breast Services, Department of Radiation Oncology, MGH

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

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John Hsu, MD, MBA, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, MGH, Harvard Medical School

 

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Peggy Lai, MD, MPH

Assistant Physician, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, MGH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Jonathan Ludmir, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

Instructor in Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

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Karen Sepucha, PhD

Director, Health Decision Sciences Center, MGH

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

Director, Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute, MGH

Administrative Director, Mongan Institute

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Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Program Leadership

 

Esteban Barreto, PhD

Director of Evaluation of Equity and Community Health, MGH

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Long Nguyen, MD, MS

Assistant in Medicine/ Gastroenterology, MGH

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Mongan Institute, MGH

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Nicole Taikeff Gabela

Project Coordinator, Disparities Solutions Center, MGH

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Andrew Chan, MD, MPH

Chief, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Mongan Institute, MGH

Director of Cancer Epidemiology, MGH Cancer Center

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

Director, Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute, MGH

Administrative Director, Mongan Institute, MGH

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