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Postgraduate students at the Centre for International Health

PhD students

Haider Al-Darraji

Haider Al-DarrajiHaider Al-Darraji is a medical doctor from Iraq. He practised medicine and chest medicine in Iraq from 1998 till 2008. He worked on tuberculosis management and control as part of the National TB Programme in Iraq (2007-2008), before joining the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and graduating with a Master of Science (Tropical Medicine and International Health) in 2009. In 2010, he joined the University of Malaya’s Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) in Malaysia as a researcher to investigate tuberculosis among prisoners in the country. His work yielded 15 published papers in peer-reviewed journals and several presentations in both local and international conferences. He also created several collaborative channels with international researchers to address the problem of tuberculosis in prisons. His main research interest is tackling tuberculosis among marginalised populations including prisoners, people who inject drugs, and people living with HIV. His PhD research study will address active tuberculosis case finding and post-release completion of anti-tuberculosis medications among prisoners in Malaysia. He is a recipient of a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

Lika AprianiLika Apriani

Lika Apriani completed her medical study in the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung (2005), and joined the Tuberculosis (TB) working group under the Health Research Unit in her faculty as a field doctor (2006-2009). In 2010, she graduated with a Master of Health Science specialising in Epidemiology from the Netherlands Institute of Health Science (NIHES), Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She then became a staff member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2014 as a lecturer. As a researcher, she has contributed to several research projects in TB, working with international researchers. Her research experience includes immunogenetic studies, pharmacokinetic studies, clinical trials, diagnostic studies, latent TB infection studies, and a field study of household contact tracing of TB patients. She has published 9 articles about her work in TB projects, and has presented her work in international and national scientific meetings. Currently she is doing her PhD project on latent tuberculosis infection among health care workers.

Lupeoletalalelei (Lupe) Isaia

Lupe's PhD research is titled 'To determine the antibiotic susceptibility/resistance patterns of selected Enterobacteriaceae from blood culture specimens isolated at the Tupua Tamas'.

Tin Ohn MyatTin Ohn Myat

Ohn is a PhD student from Myanmar who will be looking at febrile illness, invasive bacterial disease, and antimicrobial resistance among inpatients in Myanmar. Her work is in conjunction with Professors John Crump (Centre for International Health), David Murdoch (Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch), and Wah Win Htike (Department of Microbiology, University of Medicine 1, Yangon).

Ohn’s research with the University of Otago has been made possible due to the collaboration between the University of Otago and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar.

Win Thandar Oo

Win Thandar's PhD research is titled 'Role of Leptospira infection in severe febrile illness'.
Supervisors: Professor John Crump, Wah Win Htike, Dr James Ussher and Professor David Murdoch

Fulton Q. Shannon, II.

Fulton's PhD research is investigating the ebola virus disease epidemiology.
From August 2017. Watch Guest Speaker Dr Fulton Shannon Discuss: Ebola Virus Diseaese Outbreak in Liberia

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Master of Public Health students

Sam Carr

Exploring antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella Typhi globally, and the sources, prescribing, and consumption of antimicrobial medicines in Yangon, Myanmar

Louise Thorn

Risk factors of Staphylococcus capitis colonisation in the Dunedin Hospital NICU
Supervisors: Professor John Crump, Associate Professor Roland Broadbent, Dr James Ussher, Associate Professor Katrina Sharples

Xiangqian (Beau) Xu

Investigating the cascade of care analysis for drug resistant tuberculosis using systematic reviews and original cohort data collection in Bandung, Indonesia
Supervisors: Professor Philip Hill and Associate Professor Katrina Sharples

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Master of Medical Science

Hai Sue Kang

Hai Sue Kang has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from University of Otago. hai sue 2

Her Master of Medical Science focuses on socioeconomic risk factors for childhood pneumonia in Basse, rural The Gambia, where she led a 700-participant case-control study investigating the impact of both traditional and lesser-known socioeconomic, cultural, and access to care factors on children’s (aged 2-59 months) risk of pneumonia. As part of the Socioeconomic Risk Factors for Childhood Pneumonia (SERF) project, Hai Sue also completed a series of semi-structured interviews with a subset of the participants to explore the mechanisms by which these factors may act. Through providing a better understanding of the upstream risk factors of childhood pneumonia, the SERF project seeks to influence community interventions and government policies to help reduce the burden of childhood pneumonia. 

She is supervised by Professor Philip Hill, Centre for International Health, Associate Professor John Dockerty, Preventive and Social Medicine, and Dr Grant Mackenzie, Medical Research Council, UK-The Gambia.

Hai Sue has also worked as a resident doctor in both New Zealand and Australia, and volunteers with various NGOs to further her passion in global health.  

For further information view Hai Sue's Linkedin profile.

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