Alanna grew up in Oak Park, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. As the Clinical and Translational Science Research Fellowship recipient at UIC she assisted in a number of studies on the pathogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia as well as conducting cancer and genomics research at Lurie. She has been extensively involved in leadership, community outreach and education. She has run health fairs for the underserved, volunteered extensively throughout the Chicago-land area, and served as a tutor and peer educator. She held executive board positions in the Student National Medical Association for four years with a proven track record in strategic planning, implementation, and communication. For this and other activities, she received the UIC College of Medicine Urban Health Program Emerging Leader Award. In addition, she is a thoughtful and engaged advocate for student wellness and served on the Wellness committee and Wellness/Resilience Curriculum planning committee at UIC. In her more leisurely moments, she was a 3 time state qualifier in badminton, including a win in the prestigious Chicago Open.
Nathan was born in Westchester, NY, grew up in Florida, and attended Harvard College. He served for six years with the Harvard Global Health and AIDS coalition, volunteering for several advocacy campaigns to promote access to healthcare around the world. He is a cofounder and CEO of Sawubona Health, a non-profit organization that designs and helps clinical partners implement automated SMS programs to support adherence to HIV and TB treatment among resource-poor communities. This project has also resulted in peer reviewed publications. Nathan enjoys hiking, skiing, and sports in general. Sell him on Illinois and Wisconsin skiing!
Sanjay grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Public Health. Throughout undergrad, he was active in research, teaching, and community service, working closely with underserved populations in Baltimore. During medical school, he was an advocate for community health, and he developed an interest in primary care for the urban underserved. He served as the director for his medical school’s student run free clinic, and managed various QI projects which he presented at national conferences. He is a Gold Humanism Honor Society inductee and has been recognized with awards based on his work in global health, community health, social determinants of health. Sanjay’s interests include quality improvement, care of children and adults with chronic conditions of childhood, medical education and health care delivery, and health care policy and administration. In his free time, Sanjay enjoys photography, trying new restaurants, listening to podcasts, and eating dessert, particularly tiramisu. Ask him about his opinions on the various doughnut options in Chicago.
Bennett was born in Omaha, graduated from TCU in Fort Worth, and then obtained his PhD in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and National Institutes of Health. He will receive his MD/PhD from UT Southwestern in Dallas. Bennett has been very active in teaching, leadership, global health, and research throughout his career, winning graduate research awards. He was co-president of the NIH graduate student council and president of the Clare College graduate student body at Cambridge. He was a chosen participant in the Israel/Palestine Global Health Elective. If that wasn’t enough, Bennett is also extra talented as he is a freelance web designer. Fight over him for your beach volleyball team as he was captain of his varsity team!