The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to welcome our new 2015-2016 Student Fellows. In the coming year, each fellow will pursue independent scholarly projects related to health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics under the mentorship of Center faculty and fellows. They will also be regular contributors here at Bill of Health on issues related to their research.
Dalia Deak is a second year student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she focused primarily on computer science in biomedical engineering and issues at the intersection of technology, health policy, and public health. After receiving her undergraduate education, Dalia joined the Brookings Institution as a Research Assistant where she worked on their medical device evidence and innovation portfolio. While at Brookings, Dalia co-authored a report for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the implementation of a unique device identification system that would support postmarket surveillance and enhance patient safety. Dalia’s current research interests lie at the intersection of medical device and drug policy and public health law.
Elizabeth Guo is a third year student in the JD/MPH Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her interests lie at the intersection of law, health care reimbursement, and biopharmaceutical regulation. Elizabeth graduated from Harvard University with a BA in social studies, focusing on the bioethics of assisted reproduction in China. Prior to law school, she was a senior associate at Avalere Health working with life science clients on a range of health policy topics, including Medicare coverage and reimbursement, biosimilar regulation, and healthcare quality programs. Elizabeth is a student editor of the Journal of Law and Technology and a member of the Mississippi Delta Project’s Food Policy Initiative.
Katherine Kwong is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. After receiving her B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota, she went on to receive her Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington. She decided to attend law school to further her interest in the intersection of health, the life sciences, bioethics, and the law. Katherine’s current research interests include the interactions between the unique characteristics of genomic data and existing protection frameworks.
Michael Anne Kyle is a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a BS from Georgetown University and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, both in nursing. She is interested in the reorganization of the clinical delivery system with a view to achieving policy goals related to access, quality, and value. Prior to returning to school, she served as the founding executive director of a nonprofit organization focused on care coordination and regional policy and planning in Newark, New Jersey, where she helped establish a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization. In addition to working as a critical care nurse, she has worked on antipoverty programs related to health and social services, including access to prescription medications, family strengthening, financial inclusion, and reentry.
Emma Sandoe is a second year PhD student in Health Policy studying Political Analysis and is interested in studying Medicaid policy and state political decision-making around Medicaid and long-term care financing and policy priorities. Prior to starting at Harvard she worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services serving as the Medicaid spokesperson and working on HealthCare.gov communications as well as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. She also worked in the Department of Health and Human Services Budget Office as the Affordable Care Act coordinator and at the Center for American Progress. She earned a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University and attended UC San Diego for undergraduate studies.
Maayan Sudai is an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. She holds both a B.A and an LL.B from the University of Haifa, as well as an LL.M from Harvard Law School. Maayan’s current research agenda examines the interaction between law, science and society, mainly through a critical lens and combining multiple disciplines, such as the history of medicine, law and social change and health law and bioethics. More specifically, Maayan’s dissertation explores the legal struggles of patient advocacy movements against medical institutions in the US. While her interest in this field grows out of years of experience as a leading advocate for the intersex rights’ movement in Israel, her current research focuses on the American intersex rights’ movement struggle to change medical guidelines through the Court. In the future, Maayan plans to further explore the struggles of other relevant social movements representing other conditions, like anorexia, mental and intellectual disabilities, and more.