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Profiles of Fogarty Fellows and Scholars

Dr. Joseph K.B. Matovu stands in front of a fishing boat on the shoreline in Uganda, many boats in the background.

Profile: Dr. Javier Cepeda

Fogarty Fellow Javier Cepeda, Ph.D., M.P.H., studies the health benefits of police education program in Tijuana, Mexico.


Fogarty's Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars and Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows and Scholars in Public Health provide mentorship and research opportunities for early stage investigators from the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Fogarty profiles the work and experience of these early-stage investigators trained with Fogarty support in each issue of Global Health Matters.

Dr. Andrew Kim working with samples in a lab with a colleague.

Apartheid-based prenatal stress and COVID-19

Fogarty Fellow Dr. Andrew Kim, a biological anthropologist, shifted his study to focus on how the adversity of a pandemic would compound ongoing histories of HIV, unemployment, poverty and racism in South Africa.

Dr. Matchecane Cossa performs surgery on a patient in an operating theater with 4 other medical workers.

Surgical quality in Mozambique

In the research project Dr. Matchecane Cossa conducted during his Fogarty fellowship, he measured the volume and quality of surgical care in Mozambique’s 45 district hospitals using standard WHO criteria.

Dr. Emily Mendenhall poses on a street outdoors, many pedestrians walk on a busy street in the background.

Type 2 diabetes syndemic in India

As a Fogarty fellow in India, Dr. Emily Mendenhall researched co-occurring epidemics of type 2 diabetes, depression and social inequality among urban patients.

Dr. Mark Brady stands in the hallway of a hospital wearing full PPE, including a hair net, half-mask respirator, suit gloves.

TB training in Peru helps combat COVID

Dr. Mark Brady’s experience studying tuberculosis in Peru as a Fogarty Fellow gave him a foundation in infectious disease research that has helped him support the U.S. COVID-19 response.

Photo courtesy of Tyler Mahal. Dr. Jessica Manning works with a child patient in a clinic setting in Cambodia, others look on.

Helping Cambodia respond to COVID​

When Cambodia identified its first COVID-19 patient, former Fogarty Scholar Dr. Jessica Manning sequenced the genome of a virus sample and posted it on Nextstrain, becoming the first developing country lab to contribute to the global knowledge base.

Dr. Nauzley Abedini seated at a desk in office, points to a model of a liver, discusses with person seated across from her.

Prevalence of neonatal jaundice in Ghana

As a Fogarty Scholar working in Ghana, Dr. Nauzley Abedini estimated the prevalence of neonatal jaundice and evaluated the ability of mothers to recognize signs of the condition in their babies.

In a lab in Cameroon, Jillian Armstrong uses a microscope while another lab worker looks on.

Novel malaria detection in Cameroon

Fogarty Fellow Jillian Armstrong is working on a research project evaluating photoacoustic flow cytometry for the non-invasive detection of malaria-infected red blood cells.

Dr. Lisa Bebell works with research nurse Honest Twinomujuni to record data in a clinic.

Women living with HIV in Africa

​Serving as a Fogarty Fellow in both Uganda and South Africa helped prepare Dr. Lisa Bebell to successfully compete for a five-year NIH research career development grant.

Neiloy Sircar presenting, slide projected in the background.

Legal skills to study human rights, HIV/AIDS

Neiloy Sircar, the first lawyer to participate in Fogarty’s Fellows and Scholars program, examined consent, privacy and confidentiality in Kenya.


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Updated February 2021