Linnet Ongeri

I am from Nairobi, Kenya and obtained both my Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery, and Master of Medicine in Psychiatry from the University of Nairobi, School of Medicine. I am a Fogarty Fellow having undertaken a global health research fellowship program with the University of California, San Francisco. My research interests are in the epidemiology of common mental disorders, with particular interests in PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. I am…

Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson is a postdoc at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, co-advised by Drs. Mark Daly and Ben Neale and working closely with Dr. Karestan Koenen. She did her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by receiving an NIH Institutional Research and Career Development Award at Stony Brook University, in which she received structured pedagogy training, taught, and examined genetic diversity of…

Jackline Walumbe

I am from Kenya, East Africa and am currently a third-year postgraduate student at Moi University. I am pursuing a master’s degree in Psychiatry and am interested in women’s mental health. In this regard, I am working on research that assesses factors are associated with postpartum depression (depression of postpartum onset). Given my primary interest, I would stop at nothing in studying all variables that make women prone to mental…

Isabel Fulcher

Isabel Fulcher

Isabel Fulcher recently obtained her PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Data Science Initiative. Isabel’s research aims to develop innovative causal inference methodologies to improve the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care to at-risk populations. Her statistical interests include the development of causal inference methods that account for unmeasured confounding or peer effects on a network. She is particularly interested in the…

Shareefa Dalvie

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2007, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Genetics & Development and Physiology, at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Thereafter, I completed my honors, masters and doctoral degrees at the Division of Human Genetics at UCT. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT. My research interests…

Zachary McCaw

Zachary McCaw is a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute, working with Hilary Finucane on fine-mapping. He completed his Ph.D. in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health under the guidance of Xihong Lin. His dissertation developed transformation and multivariate methods for improving power in genome-wide association studies. His research interests include statistical genetics and survival analysis.

Michelle Hoogenhout

I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I did my undergraduate at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, majoring in psychology, genetics, physiology and biochemistry. I then went on to complete an MA and PhD in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. My research focuses on social-communication and behavior in neuro-developmental disorders such as autism. In particular, I am interested in the physiological and genetic processes that shape social-communication…

Anita Arinda – Makerere University, Uganda

I am a psychiatrist from Kampala, Uganda. I received my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery as well as my Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences. I have great passion for child and adolescent mental health research in low resource settings. My area of research interest is neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and I am interested in characterizing its presentation among Ugandan…

Kristianna Post, Program Director

Kristianna Post (Kristi) joined the GINGER program in January 2017. As Program Director, Kristi leads overall execution of the program’s training components including in-person workshops, virtual coursework and on-site trainings. Prior to joining GINGER, Kristi spent seven years in the field of international development, during which her work focused primarily on the design and execution of randomized controlled trials that evaluated the effectiveness of development program interventions. Kristi also has…

Nastassja Koen

I am a born-and-bred Capetonian, and received my medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before completing my PhD in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. My research interests include trauma- and stressor-related disorders among South African women, incorporating genetic and epigenetic correlations, as well as transgenerational effects. Currently, my work is nested within a multi-year birth cohort study following 1000 mother-offspring dyads in the…