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

Sebastian Cota

Boston College

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Class of 2024

Mentor: Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

Kenechukwu "Kenny" Egbuonu

MIT

Biology

Class of 2021

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

Ramla Hagi

UMass Boston

Biology and Political Science

Class of 2022

Mentor: Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc

Meghna Iyer

Northeastern University

Health Science

Class of 2022

Mentor: Stephen Bartels, MD, MS

Shilei "Lisa" Li

Smith College

Biochemistry

Class of 2024

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

Leonardo Nguyen

Boston College

Neuroscience

Class of 2024

Mentor: Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

Shwetabh "Tabo" Tarun

The Ohio State University

Political Science

Class of 2021

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

Nina Zhang

Brandeis University

Health Science, Society, and Policy

Class of 2024

Mentor: Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD

Taylor Chiang

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 

MD Candidate

Class of 2024

Mentors: Karen Sepucha, PhD, Lauren Leavitt, MA

Vicki Do

Tufts University 

Biology and Philosophy

Class of 2023

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

Christina Exilhomme

Northeastern University

American Sign Language

Class of 2024

Mentor: John Hsu, MD, MBA, MSCE

Buuthien Hang

UMass Amherst

Computer Engineering

Class of 2024

Mentors: Zachary Wallance, MD, MSc

Jian Li

Columbia University Mailman Public Health

Public Health

Class of 2022

Mentor: Alice Ho, MD, MBA

Adna Mohamed

Williams College

Political Economy

Class of 2022

Mentor: Peggy Lai, MD, MPH

Won Shin

Pacific Lutheran University

Biology

Class of 2021

Mentor: Mathey Tobey, MD, MPH

Jingwen "Mordred" Yuan

Smith College

Chemistry

Class of 2021

Mentor: Amit Joshi, MBBS, PhD

Meet Our 2021 Mentors

 

Jehan Alladina, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Kimberly Blumenthal, MD, MSc

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

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Technology Assessment, MGH

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Randy Gollub, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with secondary appointment in Radiology, MGH

Emily Hyle, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Amit Joshi, MBBS, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

Lauren Leavitt, MA

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

Benjamin Medoff, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

Upeka Samarakoon, PhD, MPH, MS

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

Ken Shelton, MD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School

Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH

Director, Rural Medicine Programs, MGH

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

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

Lauren Breithaupt, PhD

Clinical & Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Caitlin Dugdale, MD

Instructor in Medicine, MGH

Alice Ho, MD, MBA

Director of Breast Services, Department of Radiation Oncology, MGH

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

John Hsu, MD, MBA, MSCE

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

 

Peggy Lai, MD, MPH

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

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan Ludmir, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

Instructor in Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

Karen Sepucha, PhD

Director, Health Decision Sciences Center, MGH

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

Director, Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute, MGH

Administrative Director, Mongan Institute

Zachary Wallace, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Program Leadership

 

Esteban Barreto, PhD

Director of Evaluation of Equity and Community Health, MGH

Long Nguyen, MD, MS

Assistant in Medicine/ Gastroenterology, MGH

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Mongan Institute, MGH

Nicole Taikeff Gabela

Project Coordinator, Disparities Solutions Center, MGH

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

Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH

Director, Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute, MGH

Administrative Director, Mongan Institute, MGH