Dr. Stefano M. Bertozzi is dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He was the last director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and has also held positions with UNAIDS, the World Bank and the government of the DRC.He is currently the interim director of the UC systemwide programs with Mexico (UC-MEXUS, the UC-Mexico Initiative and Casa de California). He recently co-edited the Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) volume on HIV/AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis. He has served on governance and advisory boards for the East Bay Community Foundation, HopeLab, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, the NIH, Duke University, the University of Washington and the AMA. He has advised NGOs, and ministries of health and social welfare in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a PhD in health policy and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree at UC San Diego, and trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco.
As Executive Director for the UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health and the UCB-UCSF Center for Global Health Delivery, Diplomacy, and Economics, Hildy Fong Baker is responsible for leading global health education and research initiatives, including programs such as the Gilead Fellowship for the Advancement of Global Health, the SPH Global Health Specialty, Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge, and RR:C19. She participates in strategic planning for campus and Bay Area global health initiatives, including the Bay Area Global Health Alliance of which UCB serves as current Secretariat. She is a Lecturer in the UC Berkeley MDP program and online MPH program. She is research operations director for UC Berkeley’s involvement in the USAID HEARD project. Baker studied health policy and management at UNC-Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, and has worked in various roles at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, WHO Child and Adolescent Health Unit in Geneva, NKF Singapore, the U.S. Senate, and Ogilvy Public Relations.
RR:C19 relies on student-powered engine of graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs and fellows. A core team of Assistant Editors and specialists spearhead review teams across 5 subject domains. On a daily basis, teams search, screen and assess preprints across the domains: Biological and Chemical Sciences; Physical Sciences and Engineering; Social Sciences & Humanities; Public Health; and, Medical/Clinical Sciences. AI tools also support this work. Assistant Editors are also closely involved with outreach to the Editorial Board and peer review networks in subsequent stages of the RR:C19 process. See a list of students and early career researchers supporting each of our domains here.
Michael Cronce is a PhD candidate in the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Program in Bioengineering co-advised by Drs. Jeffery Cox and Jay Keasling. His research focuses on developing novel antiviral therapeutics, including those targeting SARS-CoV-2. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology (B.S.) from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill with a double minor in Marine Sciences and Chemistry. Following graduation, Michael researched distal lung stem cell biology under Dr. Brigid Hogan, developed translationally-relevant tissue engineering approaches under Dr. Jay Vacanti, and designed new microfluidic organ-on-chip platforms under Dr. Donald Ingber.
Gina Borgo is a PhD candidate in the UC Berkeley Infectious Diseases and Immunology program. Her research Dr. Matt Welch's lab focuses on tick-borne Rickettsia and how bacterial phospholipases facilitate adaptation and pathogenesis in the host. She received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology (B.A.) from UC Berkeley in 2012. Following graduation, Gina studied Bartonella in Dr. Jane Koehler's lab at UCSF. While in Dr. Koehler's lab, Gina worked on Bartonella quintana transcriptional regulation when transitioning from human infection to body lice, investigating Bartonella isolates from wild animals, humans, and lice, and overseeing diagnosis and clinical coordination of Bartonella patients in the Bay Area.
Raphael Frankfurter is an MD/PhD candidate in the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program and the UCSF/UC Berkeley program in Medical Anthropology. His dissertation research, focused on eastern Sierra Leone, explores the ways that histories of global health programs—colonial, humanitarian and post-Ebola Global Health Security initiatives—affect how people experience and relate to illness, death, epidemics, care and the rural Sierra Leonean healthcare system. He studied Anthropology at Princeton University and has worked in a number of public health positions in Sierra Leone.
Bryan Tegomoh is a Cameroonian born physician, currently pursuing further training in Infectious Disease Public Health, at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. He was previously a visiting research scholar at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. His clinical & research training have provided him with a rich exposure to diverse perspectives in global public health, varied healthcare & research settings. Dr. Tegomoh continues to work towards combining translational research & clinical medicine, into global health policies which impact the lives of vulnerable patient groups across the globe.
Yash S. Huilgol is an MD/MS candidate in the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program. His research interests are at the juncture of health policy/delivery, decision-making, and digital health. He received his undergraduate degree in the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and has worked in various clinical and research roles at Princeton, Thomas Jefferson University, and UCSF. His masters thesis focuses on assessing if physician behavior in the electronic health record (EHR) is associated with salutary cancer patient health outcomes.
Parmita Das is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a double degree in the majors of Bioengineering and Economics. Hailing from Bangladesh, she is interested in improving the accessibility of healthcare innovation for vulnerable groups that stand to benefit the most. She is an incoming fellow of the The Fung Fellowship program. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the undergraduate student-led journal, Berkeley Economic Review.
Madhav is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in economics and eventually hoping to pursue a career in medicine. He is especially interested in exploring the intersection of health, society, and technology, including healthcare systems, global health disparities, and digital health. With RR:C19, he is excited to collaborate with and support a dynamic team of scholars at UC Berkeley and beyond to stem the proliferation of unverified research and effectively inform scientific and policy responses to the pandemic.
Paula Nordstrom Miranda is a UC Berkeley undergraduate, graduating in the Fall of 2021 with a Bachelor’s in English and a minor in Global Public Health. Throughout college, Paula found passion through working with children and adolescents and examining public health on community levels. Her efforts have been funneled into working with the VOICE (Voting for Our Interests, Communities, and Health Everywhere) Research Project. Paula also finds joy and motivation as Women’s Clinic Director at the Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley and as a Lab trainee at the Berkeley Free Clinic. Through her work, she strives to fight for equitable health and social opportunities for communities.
Monica is in the Masters of Translational Medicine program. A joint program between UCSF and UC Berkeley in the Bioengineering department. Her Capstone project focuses on developing an Artificial Placenta oxygenator for extremely preterm infants. Monica is currently conducting research in the Kornblith Data science Lab at UCSF, focusing on creating machine learning programs for hospital trauma centers. She is also a bioengineer intern at Glucosia, which is a company that is creating technology for diabetic patients. She is interested in learning how to translate needed medical technology from bench to patient bedside.
Angel is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley where he studied Sociology with an emphasis in medicine and health inequalities. He is currently applying to medical school in pursuit of a career as an emergency medicine physician. His interests include global health, health policy, and access to quality care in vulnerable populations. Through RR:C19 he is eager to learn more about the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 and is thrilled to collaborate with a passionate team of scholars to alter the course of this pandemic.
Allie recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology (Immunology) and Public Health. As an undergrad, she was part of the Madsen Research Group and Falbe Lab where she contributed to multiple projects surrounding obesity and chronic disease prevention through policy intervention. She is now a member of Berkeley’s 4+1 MPH cohort with an emphasis in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and hopes to conduct research that will contribute to the prevention, detection and treatment of metabolic disease in low-income communities. Allie is excited to be working with the RR:C19 team as the dissemination of accurate, accessible research will be essential to addressing the long-term implications of COVID-19.
The COVIDScholar Team based at UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been an essential collaborator in the RR:C19 effort. They have created a custom Rapid Reviews interface, building on their COVIDScholar tool, that uses machine learning tools and AI to scrape, prioritize, and organize preprints for subsequent review by the editorial team. The automation of initial stages of the RR:C19 process allows the editorial team to be modern, speedy and efficient (and user-friendly!).
John is a PhD Student in the Persson Group at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His research sits at the intersection of materials science, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing. John is also part of the team behind Matscholar, a materials science knowledge portal that uses state of the art NLP to aid in materials discovery and design.
Haoyan is a Materials Science PhD candidate in the Ceder Group at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Physics and Economics from Peking University in 2017. He is currently interested in applying NLP/IR to materials science literature, as well as automatic designing of materials synthesis using ML methods.
Amalie is a postdoc in Gerbrand Ceder's group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. She began her career as a nuclear physicist, before moving into materials science in 2019, with a focus on machine learning. Her research interests include the application of NLP techniques to scientific literature, and building thermodynamically-motivated ML models for materials property prediction.