Students


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.

Email: Nazrual.Islam@bccdc.ca


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.

Email: Harriet.Ho@bccdc.ca


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.

Email: Abdool.Yasseen@bccdc.ca 


Mawuena Binka is a Master of Public Health student at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health. As part of her doctoral and postdoctoral training in biomedical science, Mawuena has years of experience working with hepatitis C virus and HIV in a basic science laboratory setting. Her previous work studying hepatitis C transmission among people who inject drugs influenced her decision to pursue hepatitis research further. She is currently working on a project that is aimed at characterizing hepatitis B infection epidemiology in British Columbia. It is expected that the findings of this project will inform public health policy and health-related programming within the province.

Email: Mawuena.Binka@bccdc.ca