Nick is a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is currently working on a project to determine predictors of HIV Testing and Treatment among young Black MSM and transgender women who are in jail. His previous experience includes job training programming for formerly incarcerated adults in Chicago with St. Leonard's Ministries and working with health care providers in the New York City jail system. Nick holds a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is interested in the implementation of public health interventions in jails and prisons.
Ben is currently a medical student at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He served nine years in the U.S. Army as a Chinese and French linguist. He then spent three years as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer in Mali and China. He graduated with an A.A. in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute in 2002, magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Hawaii Pacific University in 2006, and a pre-medical certificate from Goucher College in 2016. He worked for two years with President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) across Mali to expand HIV testing and treatment on military bases, and he worked with the Chinese Aibai NGO in Sichuan to destigmatize HIV infection in Southwest China and advocate for progressive government policy regarding HIV/AIDS. With Dr John Schneider and in partnership with several Greek physicians and NGOs, Ben’s is working on a research project that explores the network characteristics of Athenian MSM especially in regards to assortativity of risk-behaviors. He is originally from Colorado and lives in Chicago with his partner who works at the Israeli consulate and their dog, Osiris. Ben is interested in a career as an Infectious Disease physician and global health.
Camille Bundy is a 2nd year Master of Public Health candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago-School of Public Health where she is pursuing a double concentration in Maternal and Child Health and Global Health. Her professional goal is to promote health equity for African-American and Latinx women living with and at risk for HIV. Camille has experience developing and implementing HIV/STI prevention programs in both local and international settings. She is an Associate Board member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and serves as the secretary of its executive board. At CCHE, Camille co-facilitates the School Pilot Project with Myah Brown and holds a small Resource Counseling caseload, among other tasks on the Supportive Services team.
Yen-Tyng Chen is a postdoctoral scholar and a trained behavioral scientist. She completed her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University in 2016. She was an ORISE postdoctoral fellow at Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before she joins CCHE. Her research interests and areas of expertise include HIV risk and prevention, substance use, and place-based multilevel research. Yen-Tyng’s doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between place-based characteristics and underage drinking in Taiwan using a mixed methods approach. Currently, She manages a project that examines how neighborhoods and network determinants influence PrEP adherence among young Black MSM in Chicago as well as participating in analyses on other cohort projects at CCHE.
Jule works as a Resource Counselor and PrEP Navigator on our Supportive Services team. She assists clients in getting connected with PrEP as well as other resources, such as housing, employment, mental health services, and health insurance. Jule holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Georgia and is currently pursuing her A.M. in Social Work at The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.
Ryan Judd is a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is currently working on a project to screen patients for medical, social, and healthcare-related barriers to HIV care and determine whether these screening results can be used to predict which patients are likely to be lost to follow-up care. Ryan is also working with the social work team on a data-sharing program with the Chicago Department of Public Health to improve re-engagement efforts across the city. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Ohio State University.
Jared is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying Biology and Chinese. He is interested in working in public health and is excited to be involved in a few different projects at CCHE, including "StepUp TestUp" and "Your Voice! Your Health!".
Underlying Dr. Ardestani research approach is the belief that improved theoretical insights and better evaluation of complex systems for policymaking decisions can be achieved through operationalization of methodological individualism by using more realistic agent-based models (ABM). He has previously applied ABM in various research domains, including residential segregation, electricity system (smart grid) and social care system. His latest research interest is the application of computational modeling in the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Maya Osman-Krinsky (she/her or they/them) is a rising third-year undergraduate from New York City studying Linguistics and Global Studies at UChicago. Their interest in public health started with a research project about predictors of early marriage in South and Southeast Asia and expanded to include HIV/AIDS. Specifically, they plan to research translation and interpretation in clinical settings with HIV/AIDS patients and how cultural competency training in medical schools approaches structural barriers to prevention and treatment programs in Latinx neighborhoods in New York City and Chicago. On campus, they are involved in the Research and Education committee of GlobeMed UChicago, they sing in the Women’s Ensemble and University Chorus, and volunteer at Blackstone Bicycle Works. Their interests include literary translation, writing and reading in all genres, listening to and playing music, cooking, biking, and learning languages. Maya speaks Spanish and is learning Arabic, and is planning to pursue a Masters in Public Health after graduation.
After earning her MPH in epidemiology at UIC and working with the Women's Interagency HIV Study in Chicago, Maria Pyra went to the University of Washington and completed her PhD in Epidemiology. Dr. Pyra's work focused on PrEP use among women in Africa and she is excited to translate that work into improving PrEP adherence and retention among at-risk populations in Chicago. Her partner and I just moved to Oak Park with our 2-year-old daughter and 13 yr old dog. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, swimming, and reading.
Arthi is a postdoctoral scholar working with CCHE and the Center for Data Science and Public Policy. Arthi completed her PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University. She is interested in using data science and statistical techniques to better inform health policy and decisions. Her doctoral dissertation work focused on the consequences of diffusion of information on social media.
Currently, she is working on several projects including developing predictive analytics to retention in care and using social network modeling techniques to examine the diffusion of health information information.
Simatul Rashid is a second year at the University of Chicago double majoring in Biology and South Asian Civilization Studies and pursuing the pre-med track. Her goal for the future is to be a practicing doctor as well as to do global/public health-related research. Since the past year, she have been learning how to do Indian classical dance in a student run organization. Simatul also volunteers at a women's shelter and is involved with a club that helps bring up issues relating to health care inequality on campus.
Kellie is a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is currently working on a project assessing the impact of social network attitudes and experiences of stigma on PrEP awareness and use in men who have sex with men. Her previous experience includes HIV-related research and program implementation work for the US Office of Rural Health Policy, as well as instrument development and semi-structured interviews to investigate the sexual and reproductive health needs of young HIV+ women in South Africa. She is particularly interested in prevention science focusing on HIV in an international context, as well as the clinical practice of HIV care. Kellie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Nora Spadoni is a rising UChicago third year, majoring in anthropology and planning to attend medical school. She is interested in the social determinants of healthcare, especially women's reproductive health. She also works as a tour guide, volunteers in the hospital, and performs with University Theater on campus.
Tim is a medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine. As an undergraduate at University of Chicago, Tim first met Dr. Schneider in 2009. During this time, Tim began work as a volunteer on a pilot study that explored patterns of HIV prevention service utilization and went on to write his senior honor’s thesis on this project with Dr. Schneider as his mentor. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2011, Tim taught 9th grade Biology at Johnson College Prep on Chicago’s south side for two years with Teach For America. Tim then returned to CCHE where he worked on a variety of projects including Project nGage, the Transmission Reduction Intervention Project, and PrEP Chicago. As a medical student, funding from the HIVMA Medical Student Program enable Tim to explore goal-setting in PrEP Chicago. Tim is thrilled to continue to be a part of the team at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination.
Dr. Lindsay Young is a NIH Career Transition Award (K99) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago Department of Medicine and Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE). Lindsay is a communication scholar and network methodologist by training. Her current work applies these perspectives to understand the social contexts that expose young sexual and racial minorities to HIV-related risks and protections. She is particularly interested in how HIV-related norms emerge in offline and online networking environments, and how those processes might be leveraged for behavioral interventions.