Kelly Li-- MHS Student

Kelly Li is a master of Health Science student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in General Epidemiology and Methodology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the Johns Hopkins University. Her previous work as an intern at World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on antimicrobial resistance and Global Surveillance and Monitoring System of substandard and falsified medical products. Her current research at BCCDC involves assessing the impact of opioid substitution therapy on hepatitis C incidence among people who inject drugs. The outcome of this project is expected to inform the importance of harm reduction programs in preventing and reducing hepatitis infection in high-risk populations.




Kristi Papamihali -- MPH Student

Kristi Papamihali is a master in Public Health student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, with a concentration in Population Health. She received her bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her primary interests are infectious disease epidemiology and understanding how the social determinants of health can increase risk and act as a barrier to health care access. She is currently working on a project that aims to develop methods for assessing linkage with liver-related care among people living with hepatitis B and C infection in BC. Outcomes of this project will allow for recognition of disparities in access to healthcare and can be used to inform provincial- decision making on hepatitis- related public health initiatives.



Abdool Yasseen -- Student

Abdool Yasseen is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a senior Lupina fellow at the Munk school of global affairs. He worked as an statistician for the Public Health Agency of Canada, and a methodologist for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Abdool has developed expertise in environmental, perinatal, and infectious disease epidemiology, and became interested in hepatitis research through collaborative work focused on universal hepatitis screening during pregnancy. Abdool's current research (and dissertation topic) investigates the burden of viral hepatitis B and C among recent immigrants to Canada. This work is geared towards the development of novel public health policies for screening and surveillance of viral hepatitis at the time of immigration.


Nazrul Islam -- MSc Student
nazrul-islam-1-940x627Nazrul Islam is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of British Columbia. A Physician-turned-Epidemiologist, Nazrul was trained in Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. He taught Research Design at UBC's MD Undergraduate Program, and researched and published in the areas of Maternal and Child Health, Mental Health, and infectious disease e.g. Malaria, and HIV/AIDS. His Doctoral Dissertation examines the natural history of Hepatitis C infection in British Columbia.




Harriet Ho -- MSc Student
harrietho_imgHarriet Ho is a Master of Science student at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, pursuing a concentration in Health Economics. Previously, she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and she hopes to integrate her interests in health care, business, and policy through her work. For her thesis, she is examining adherence to two newer hepatitis C therapies, sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and ledipasvir-sofosbuvir (Harvoni), and the impact of PharmaCare coverage on adherence in British Columbia.