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Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D., Director of Baylor Global Health

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Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D., is a professor of medicine in gastroenterology and director of Baylor Global Health. She oversees Baylor’s global programs and affiliations, as well as the Baylor Global Innovation Center, which seeks to develop innovative approaches to global health challenges.

Anandasabapathy’s research focus involves the development and validation of novel technologies for the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal cancer. She has been principal investigator on several grants funded by the National Cancer Institute and has led multiple international clinical trials focused on the endoscopic diagnosis of esophageal, and gastric cancer.

In addition to her primary appointment at Baylor, Anandasabapathy also holds an adjunct appointment in bioengineering at Rice University.

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Amanda Hollenbaugh, M.A., Business Operations Manager

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Amanda Hollenbaugh, M.A. is the business manager at Baylor Global Health. She is responsible for overseeing and supervising Global Health’s activities and employees and keeps the department aligned with the goals of the institution.

Before joining Baylor Global Health in 2019, Amanda was director for Kantonsspital Aarau in Switzerland. She was also program director of radiation oncology clinical research for MD Anderson Cancer Center and managed the division’s clinical research business operations.

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Elena V. Petrova, Ph.D., Instructor, Baylor Global Health

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Elena Petrova, Ph.D. joined Baylor Global Health after her training in the School of Medicine, Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Her current role is assistant director of technology development at Baylor Global Innovation Core, where she leads technical and procedural validation of the SmartPod deployable clinic and laboratories.

In 2019, Elena traveled to West Africa (Monrovia, Liberia) to deploy the off-grid, mobile diagnostic laboratories and initiate training development on the ground. She earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. During her internship in Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, she accumulated significant knowledge on biochemical laboratory protocols while working on sickle cell anemia and malaria-related projects.

While employed as a senior scientist in TomoWave Laboratories Inc., she developed a photoacoustic system for real-time temperature image-guidance during prostate cancer cryoablation. Dr. Petrova is an author of two patents, and her work was acknowledged by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

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Maria E. Aguirre, M.B.A., Executive Assistant to Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D.

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Maria Aguirre is the executive assistant of Baylor Global Health, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In this position, she provides administrative support to the Baylor Global Health director.

Before joining Baylor Global Health in 2018, Maria was senior administrative associate for the Center of High Energy Density Science (CHEDS), at The University of Texas at Austin. She served as assistant to the CHEDS Director, and managed the day-to-day operations, and provided administrative support services to the Center’s faculty, staff, and students.

Maria earned a B.S. in biology from The University of Texas at Arlington, and an M.B.A. in healthcare management from The University of Texas at Tyler.

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Allisa Jackson, Senior Business Operations Coordinator

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Allisa Jackson is the Senior Business Operations Coordinator in the department of Global Health at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. As Senior Coordinator, Allisa oversees the department's grant funding. This includes monitoring all financial transactions, execution of sub-award agreements, creating sub-award service orders, monitoring cost distribution changes, and processing quarterly effort certification.

Allisa began her career with Baylor in 1998. Allisa previously served as the Administrative Coordinator for the Directors of Financial Accounting & Disbursements and Controls, as well as the Coordinator for the Internal Audit Department. Allisa has 15 years of Baylor Finance experience, which includes Payroll, Financial Accounting, and Disbursements.

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Brodus A. Franklin, M.D., Business Operations Associate

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Brodus Franklin, M.D. graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University’s College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Psychology as an early graduate. While at Texas A&M, Dr. Franklin was on the Dean’s list and inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. 

Dr. Franklin obtained a Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. While in medical school, Dr. Franklin was fortunate to write 6 peer-reviewed articles and 10 book chapters. He has submitted manuscripts for publication in several major journals, including the Journal of Neurosurgery, the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, and Brain and Development, and contributed as an author for a book, entitled “The Essential Neurosurgery Companion.” 

Dr. Franklin is a Business Operations Associate for Baylor Global Health, and he is pursuing dual Master of Healthcare Administration/ Business Administration (MHA/MBA) degrees. He is also an associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

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Madeleine Allman, M.P.H., Clinical Research Coordinator

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Madeleine Allman, MPH is a clinical research coordinator for Baylor Global Health. She manages clinical trials and studies for Dr. Anandasabapathy and Dr. Petrova sponsored by NIH/NCI, CDC, USAID, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Madeleine coordinates day-to-day research tasks including data collection and management, regulatory reporting to the IRB and FDA, and grant submissions. Current research includes a 1,300 patient randomized control trial studying an innovative microendoscope for esophageal cancer screening in the US, China, and Brazil, and the evaluation of mobile laboratories deployed in Liberia for future use in epidemic management.

Madeleine earned her Bachelor of Science in public health and psychology in 2016 and her Master of Public Health in epidemiology in 2017 from Tulane University. Before joining Baylor Global Health, Madeleine researched behavioral health interventions in low-resource settings.

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Zoe Wilhelm, B.S., Clinical Research Coordinator

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Zoe Wilhelm, B.S. is a clinical research coordinator for Baylor Global Health. She manages clinical trials and studies for Dr. Anandasabapathy and Dr. Petrova sponsored by NIH/NCI, CDC, USAID, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Zoe coordinates research tasks such as data and biospecimen collection and management, regulatory reporting to the IRB and FDA, and grant submissions. Current research focuses on an innovative microendoscope for esophageal and anal cancer screening in randomized control trials and pilots including 1,300 patients in the US, China, and Brazil.

Zoe earned her Bachelor of Science in nutrition and food science from Louisiana State University in 2018. Before joining Baylor Global Health, Zoe researched nutrition and digestive diseases in diverse populations.

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Sheena Bhushan, M.D., Global Health Fellow

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Sheena Bhushan, M.D. is the Global Health Fellow at Baylor Global Health. Her research focuses on global gastrointestinal oncology screening using artificial intelligence and novel technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality. She is also studying the use and acceptability of these novel technologies as it relates to medical training in the US and abroad. More recently, she took on two women's health projects. She is currently the staff lead on an ongoing project in The Gambia that revolves around reducing maternal mortality in the country using a combination of conventional and novel training approaches. She is also leading a project in India that focuses on reducing the cervical cancer burden in the region using mobile medical units (Baylor SmartPod) and cell phone apps.