The Universities Allied for Essential Medicine (UAEM) Board of Directors is the authority that handles all of the business affairs of UAEM, as well as providing long-term guidance to the student-led organization. The Board has the power, inter alia, to appoint and remove officers of UAEM, to manage the affairs of UAEM and make new rules for the organization, to determine its principal location, and to manage the non-profit’s financial resources.
Gloria is an MD/PhD student at Case Western Reserve University, and was recognized for her work with UAEM by Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare in 2017. Gloria was an early member of UAEM and founded a UAEM chapter at the University of Florida in 2005 and now fosters the chapter at Case Western. Gloria is a proud past-member of the UAEM Coordinating Committee, where she worked from 2006-2011, primarily on UAEM empowerment and neglected disease projects. She joined the UAEM North American Board in 2011 and has served as President since 2015.
Gloria’s research focuses on infectious disease genetics and immunology, particularly H. pylori bacterial genes associated with development of stomach cancer. She graduated the University of Florida in 2009 with degrees in neurobiology, political science and a minor in public health. From 2009 to 2010, she conducted research in the neuropathology of dengue hemorrhagic fever in Mexico as Fulbright scholar. The following year, she completed a research internship at the NIH as an intramural training fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, studying malaria drug resistance.
Taylor Gilliland, Ph.D. is a Health Science Policy Analyst based in Washington, D.C. He is working on policy issues surrounding biomedical innovation to enhance the development, testing and implementation of medical interventions across a wide range of human diseases and conditions. Taylor received his graduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California San Diego where his research focused on understanding the structure and function of a family of proteins involved in immune cell migration. He is a recipient of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF Graduate STEM Fellowship in K-12 Education, and NIH Training Grant in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. Taylor previously served as a UAEM Coordinating Committee Member for five years where he helped lead chapter outreach and empowerment efforts and played a key role in the University of California campaign. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Florida where he conducted research on HIV drug resistance and was an active member of the Student Global AIDS Campaign.
Ethan Guillén is an independent consultant working to promote access to medicines so that all people are able to live their lives in health and dignity. Ethan currently consults for the policy and advocacy team of the Medicines Patent Pool, an organization dedicated to increasing access to affordable HIV medicines in developing countries. Previously, he served as the first Executive Director of UAEM, working with hundreds of dedicated student activists to achieve both tremendous growth for the organization and many policy changes to promote access to affordable medicines. Prior to UAEM he worked on political campaigns around the United States, as both the manager of a political consulting firm and as a campaign member working on strategy and policy. Ethan received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, with a focus on United Nations peacekeeping efforts in southern Africa.
Matt has been involved with UAEM since 2005 and served on its Board of Directors from 2008-2010. He is currently an MSc candidate in Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and Population, previously worked on global health issues in East and Southern Africa, and has a BSc in Biology from The College of William and Mary.
Reshma is Program Manager for the Strategic Policy Program and North America node of ReAct-Action on Antibiotic Resistance, a global network founded in 2004 that spans across 5 continents working to combat this growing public health threat. The Strategic Policy Program also serves as the informal secretariat for the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition, a coalition of over 20 civil society organizations (including UAEM) across human and animal health. The Strategic Policy Program is housed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where in her role as research faculty she works on projects in national and global pharmaceutical policy related to innovation and access.
Prior to this, she served as the first American Medical Student Association PharmFree Fellow, working on projects in pharmaceutical policy, the intersection between trade policy and health, and industry conflict of interest with academic medical centers. She currently serves as the co-Chair of the National Physicians Alliance Food and Drug Administration Task Force and the High Drug Prices Exploratory Committee. She is also a member of The Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies. Reshma received her medical degree at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and a Master’s in Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jennifer K Choi
Jennifer is a JD Candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Before going to law school, Jennifer completed a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular biology, focusing on epigenetics, at the University of British Columbia. She has been involved in global health advocacy since 2007. Jennifer volunteered with UAEM as a student member and, eventually, as co-chair. Additionally, she is proud to have helped found the UBC Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, an organization focused on promoting multidisciplinary research and curriculum development in the area of neglected diseases. This past summer, Jennifer was a summer-articling student with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Virginia has been involved with UAEM since helping co-found the Berkeley chapter in 2006. She earned her B.S. in molecular biology and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, with a certificate in law and technology. While at Berkeley she was a member of the Berkeley Journal of Law & Technology, and published an article about the increasingly extraterritorial nature of U.S. patent law. After law school, she worked at a large New York firm for a year before transitioning to work in humanitarian aid and development. She spent four years designing and implementing health, agriculture, and emergency response programs in Darfur, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, among others. She is currently the Program & Outreach Director for the Sustainable Technology & Policy Program at UCLA, where she works on projects to decrease exposure to toxic chemicals by marrying advances in science and regulatory policy.
Paul L. Maurizio
Paul is a Ph.D. candidate in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his current research, as a predoctoral fellow in the molecular biology of viral diseases, he uses experimental and statistical models to better understand heritable determinants of infectious disease outcomes, with a focus on the pathogenesis of influenza A virus. He was an active graduate student volunteer with the Johns Hopkins chapter of UAEM from 2009 to 2011, and served as UAEM corporate secretary from 2010 to 2011.
Paul earned a master of science degree in molecular microbiology and immunology from the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and he received a B.A. from Swarthmore College with a double major in biochemistry and religion. He has worked on the development of transgenic Plasmodium parasites for experimental malaria vaccines as a visiting scholar at Hopkins. In Zambia, he researched flavivirus transmission in wild mosquitoes as a recipient of the Simpson student award in tropical disease field research and of a Hopkins Global Health Field Research Award.
Steven joined the UAEM Board in 2015. Steven is a MD/PhD candidate in the NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program. He is using large-scale data analysis and genome engineering approaches to understand genetic factors in the immune system. His interest in global health began several years ago during a volunteer trip to rural Central America, which led to his involvement in UAEM. He has co-founded UAEM chapters at Central Michigan University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has advised chapter leaders at the University of Cambridge and Grand Valley State University. At Central Michigan University, Steven helped begin a relationship between the university and Native American Tribes to find solutions to healthcare disparities. Steven also served on the UAEM Coordinating Committee, primarily working on campaigns for the Policy Committee.
Alex is a physician and researcher currently completing his clinical training in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He has worked with UAEM since 2009. As a medical student, he helped to form the Boston University chapter of UAEM and later served for 2 years as a member of the North American Coordinating Committee. He is originally from Maine and completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College. As a researcher, he aspires to better understand the biologic, social, and structural factors that influence treatment outcomes for poverty-associated infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and neglected parasitic infections.
Eleanor currently serves as an attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Eleanor holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. During law school, she led the UAEM chapter at UC Berkeley, organized the annual conference and other gatherings, and served on the Coordinating Committee.
Justin Mendoza, MPH, is currently an Organizer for Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines Program. As an organizer he works to mobilize a consumer-led movement against prescription drug corporations’ power in the legislative process. In his work, he aspires to build a broad-based movement that turns the tide on Big Pharma’s power in politics. Prior to Public Citizen, Justin was a Community Organizer and Policy Analyst for Partners In Health, where he worked to implement strategic advocacy and fundraising campaigns with a network of more than 600 volunteers from 33 states.
Justin earned a Masters of Public Health from Yale University, with a focus on health policy, in 2015. While in graduate school, Justin served on the Coordinating Committee of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), where he led and worked on access to medicines campaigns at the local, national, and international level. Prior to this, Justin had organized the UAEM chapter at Central Michigan University while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and neuroscience. Justin has a passion for civic engagement, access to medicines, and the right to health and serves on UAEM’s fundraising committee.
Aly currently works in the philanthropy sector in New York City. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned bachelor’s degrees from Miami University. During graduate school, Aly analyzed qualitative data at the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University. Previously, she worked at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, where she coordinated special events and raised money for the organization’s education, advocacy, and clinical care programs. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Medicare Rights Center.
Aly first became involved with UAEM at UNC Chapel Hill, where she led the student chapter. She is particularly interested in access to treatment for non-communicable diseases. She has volunteered with diabetes education organizations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.
Natalie Spicyn is a physician and activist in Baltimore, Maryland. She trained in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins’ Urban Health program, and since completing residency has been practicing full spectrum primary care within local federally qualified community health center networks; she currently serves as Chief of Internal Medicine at Park West Health Systems. Natalie is credentialed as an HIV Specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and has a special interest in Addiction Medicine as well. Natalie is currently active in the Maryland American College of Physicians’ Health & Public Policy Committee, and also serves on the board of Clinicians for Progressive Care. She earned her BS, MD, and MHS from Yale, where she was an active UAEM member from 2006-2008.
Heather Pfahl has over fifteen years of field experience working on sustainable development and sustainable supply chains in over a dozen countries on four different continents. Additionally, she has effectively managed cross-cultural teams, designed and successfully operationalized organizational strategies, managed stakeholders and developed sustainability benchmarks and evaluation methodologies that drive and communicate program impact. She has fundraised over $100 million dollars in grants and private donations over the past 15 years. Heather recently transitioned to the private sector as a senior Sustainability Director focused on developing integrated sustainability strategies that align with business objectives to effectively contribute toward achieving the sustainable development goals.
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