Alumni Greetings to KI
As part of Alumni Week 2017, we asked you to reconnect with us by sending a "Hi" to KI from where you are today. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings!
Hello from KI alumnus Alebel Yaregal, flying the KI flag at a monolithic rock hewn church of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Alebel graduated from the Public Health Epidemiology Master's Programme in 2016. “Currently, I am in Ethiopia working as M&E Officer in a Maternal and Child Health Project in a Canadian based non-governmental organization.”
Anneliese Lilienthal sends a Hi to KI and our alumni from right here in Stockholm! Anneliese graduated from the Master’s Programme in Global Health in 2013. “Today I am a Project Coordinator for the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship, LIME, KI Campus Solna.” Anneliese shares a photo from KI Innovation Day, 2016, where she was a key member of the organizing committee.
Greetings from Ari Kristjan Saemundsen, proudly displaying the latest catch from the waters of Iceland. Ari studied Tumor Biology at KI from 1979-1982, under the direction of Georg Klien. His research focus was the Epstein-Barr virus.
KI alumnus Muazzam Nasrullah is enjoying a 3875 foot mountain top view in Virginia, USA. Muazzam graduated from the Public Health Master’s Programme in 2014. “I currently work with the Hepatitis C Elimination Program at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.”
Emilie Grasset sends greetings to KI Alumni from outside of The Icahn School of Medicine in New York, USA. "I graduated from the Biomedicine master program in 2008 and got my PhD in Immunology in 2013 from MTC. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Icahn at Mount Sinai".
Fredirick Mashili shares a photo of himself in India as part of the fellowship with Harvard to explore the health system. After completing medical school, Fredirick came to KI to complete a PhD in the area of diabetes and insulin signalling. Following graduation in 2010, he returned to his home in Dar es salaam, Tanzania, where he sees patients, conducts research, and works to promote the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). “I just received a grant from GSK to study the pathophysiology and microbiology of diabetic foot ulcers in an African setting with which I will collaborate with researchers from KI.”
Greetings from Giuseppe Ragona, full professor of General Pathology at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, University of Rome "Sapienza", Italy. “In 1979, I had the great opportunity to work for the entire year in Tumor Biology at KI as a guest researcher with Professor Ingemar Ernberg, under the supervision of George Klein, and again in 1988 with Professor Maria Masucci. It has been my most unforgettable experience (both personal and academic) I have had in all my life.”
Anders Dahlström sends warm and sunny greetings from Stanford, California. Anders completed his MD degree from KI in 1977 and also has a PhD from UCLA in 1986. During his career, Anders has focused his research on pediatric diarrheal diseases, based at different institutions in US, at KI, and around the world including Bangladesh and Nicaragua. He also serves a Scientific Adviser for start-up company LiveLeaf with a product from plant polyphenols, which has shown positive outcomes on diarrhea in children. “I will always stand with one foot in California and one foot in Sweden.”
Susanna Bächle sends a Hi to KI from Iowa City, Iowa, USA and “as you can see my KI pen is still with me”. Susanna has a Master’s in Biomedicine (2010) and a PhD in Medical Sciences (2015). “Today, I work for Addgene, the nonprofit plasmid repository, as an Outreach Scientist. Addgene is based in Cambridge, MA, USA.”
#kialumni Long Luong sends a “Hi” from Hanoi, Vietnam. Long was an exchange student at KI at the Center of Molecular Medicine with the Medical Epigenetics research group in the fall of 2015. “I have recently graduated Medical School at Hanoi Medical University and I am now working in the Oncology and Palliative Care Department at the National Geriatric Hospital. I hope to find a suitable PhD program soon." Photo: Long (KI sweatshirt) is representing KI at a career fair at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology in 2016.
Hello from KI alumna Olivia Biermann, at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she worked as a consultant from 2014 to 2017. Olivia graduated from the Global Health Master’s Programme in 2012. “I will soon be back at KI as I'm preparing for my registration as PhD student in Public Health Sciences!”
KI alumnus Abdul Baseer Qureshi sends a “Hi” from Kunar Province, Afghanistan where he was monitoring a Nutrition Surveillance Program. Abdul was an Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Public Health in Disasters and graduated in 2014. “I am currently a National Consultant for Nutrition Surveillance at Ministry of Public Health in Kabul, Afghanistan.”
Zhongxing Zhang sends greetings to KI from Shanghai, China. Zhongxing graduated in 2008 from the Global Health Master’s Programme. “Following graduation, I worked together with Prof. Hans Rosling at the Gapminder Foundation from 2008 – 2011. Today I'm working at L'ORÉAL (China) as the China Medical Director, in charge of the medical relations and communication.”
Hello from Siamak A Kamranvar, who enjoys the beautiful Swedish nature around Uppsala, Sweden. Siamak completed his PhD degree in 2011 and continued working as a postdoctoral fellow. "At the end of 2012, I moved to Uppsala University where I work as a senior researcher."
KI Alumna Mengying Ren is standing by the Mbuluzi River in north east part of Swaziland bordering Mozambique. Mengying Ren graduated in 2017 from the Global Health Master's Programme. “I'm currently in Mbabane, Swaziland working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in public health field.”
Greetings to KI from alumnus Warren Pear. Warren attended KI between 1983-1987 graduated with a PhD in Tumor Biology under the supervision of Georg Klein and Janos Sumegi. Today, Warren is a Professor of Pathology and Lab Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.
A Hi to KI from alumna Tara Malekshahi, who graduated from Medical School at KI in 2006. Today, Tara works as a psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
KI Alumnus Anil Sharma was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Neuroscience from 2013 to 2017, after completing his PhD in Australia. Anil recently began a new position as Data Scientist with Bigdatapump/Affecto in Stockholm. "My best memory at KI? Finally seeing my red glowing cells detached and floating in solution after over a year of trying to create a working dissociation protocol!"