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DSC_0123 (4)Smriti Kanangat is a senior in Columbia College double majoring in Biology and Economics. She has been involved in JGH since her first semester of freshman year at Columbia. She does brain tumor research at the Irving Cancer Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Her main research interest in translational cancer research, and integrating the aims of scientific research and clinical care. Besides JGH, Smriti gives campus tours for Columbia’s Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, is treasurer for American Medical Students Association, and used to be on the board of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal.

DSC_0106 (2)Emily Sun is a third-year in Columbia College, double-majoring in English and biology. She has been involved with JGH since her first year at Columbia, and is passionate about using writing to effectively communicate public health issues. Emily is currently studying cognitive reserve at the Columbia University Medical Center as an I.I. Rabi Scholar, and is a literature specialist for Columbia University Quiz Bowl as well as a member of the editorial board of the Columbia Review. She previously studied DNA damage repair mechanisms at the Scripps Research Institute and served as editor-in-chief of the international Journal of Youths in Science. In her free time, Emily enjoys making açaí bowls and hiking in her hometown of San Diego. She also won Jeopardy! once.

Executive Editor, Editorial Review Board (ERB)
DSC_0095 (2)Anthony Chesebro is a senior in BME department, with a specialty in neuroscience and modeling biological systems. Other than JGH, he loves computer science, mathematics, and Contemporary Civ (you should really take it, SEAS students!). He’s also involved in the Columbia Chapter of the Ivy Council, the American Medical Student Association, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and finding new ways to incorporate chocolate into his diet.

Managing Editor, Editorial Review Board (ERB)
DSC_0101 (2)Chandana Golla is a sophomore in SEAS majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She has been with JGH since beginning college, and she is passionate about global health research as a tool to better understand and to combat health disparities. She has been involved in protein folding research with computational biophysics, research to increase access of preventative cancer screenings to “hard-to-reach” populations, and research mapping trends of perinatal disorders among different populations. Outside of JGH, she is an Egleston Scholar and involved with GlobeMed as the co-chair of ghU (which facilitates global health discussions) and the 2018 Summer Grassroots On-Site Work (GROW) Coordinator of internships with Columbia GlobeMed’s partner organization, GWED-G, based in Gulu, Uganda. In her free time, she enjoys learning languages, going on city adventures, running, and searching for the perfect brunch.

Senior Editor, Editorial Review Board (ERB); Executive Web Editor, JGH HTML
2017-11-07_15.06.06 (2) (1)Hyunsoo Chung is a junior in Columbia College majoring in Biology and studying the premedical curriculum. She has been a member of JGH since her freshman year. She is particularly interested in how the “bench-to-bedside” approach of translational research helps bridge the gap between basic scientific research and medical treatments in order to enhance patients’ well-being. She is studying the importance of DEAF1 in the context of Type I diabetes at a Columbia Center for Translational Immunology lab, uptown at the Columbia Medical Center. She also volunteers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital and is involved in the Student Health Outreach Program. In her free time, she enjoys reading and photography.

Senior Editor, Editorial Review Board (ERB); Business Board & Events Chair
IMG_9131 (2)Nathan Lam is a sophomore in Columbia College, pursuing a Biochemistry major with a Concentration in Human Rights.  He has been with JGH since his first semester at Columbia and immensely enjoys learning about various global health challenges around the world.  He is currently involved in basic science research at Columbia University Medical Center, studying the various sterile inflammation models in atherosclerosis, and has previously conducted community health research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  He is also involved with Columbia Debate Society and Columbia Taekwondo, and enjoys going to competitive tournaments on weekends when he does have the time.  In his free time, Nathan is an avid backpacker and foodie, and enjoys doing both in his hometown of Pasadena, California.

Senior Editor, Editorial Review Board (ERB); Co-Executive Editor, JGH Online
IMG_20171202_123948704 (2)Waleed Ali is a third-year in Columbia College majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and concentrating in Chemistry. This is his third semester with JGH, being an associate editor in addition to helping run the “What is Global Health” podcast with Alvina. He is currently researching the regulation of neuronal differentiation and has previously worked at a pathology lab. Outside of JGH, Waleed is a part of Columbia University Quiz Bowl, and when not working in the lab or TA’ing during office hours, he enjoys going to the gym and baking sweets.

Co-Executive Editor, JGH Online
DSC_0152 (2)Alvina Han is a sophomore at Columbia College majoring in Human Rights with a specialization in Anthropology and on the pre-med track. She has been with JGH since her first semester at Columbia. She works for a global tuberculosis research team based in San Francisco and Kampala, Uganda, and she has developed and implemented her patient data entry protocol on the ground in Uganda. She has also previously conducted ophthalmology research under UCSF Medical Center’s Koret Vision Lab. Besides fostering her passion for the intersection of medicine and social justice in college, Alvina stage manages a student theater troupe and dances for various performing arts groups. On weekends, she can be caught wandering art museums and chasing dogs in parks!