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Population Council Fellow: Amira Fathy El-Gazzar

In early 2010, Dr. Amira Fathy El-Gazzar, a young public health researcher at Assiut University in Egypt, joined the first cohort of the Population Council’s Ford Foundation Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Fellowship. This program sought to strengthen the capacity of researchers to generate evidence in support of youth SRH in Egypt.  

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Population Council Fellow: Sophia Chae

Since its launch in 2017, the Population Council’s Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center has nurtured the next generation of adolescent-focused researchers. Dr. Sophia Chae, a social demographer, was an inaugural member of the GIRL Center team through the Mark A. Walker Fellowship. Named for the Council’s former Chair of the Board of Trustees, this fellowship supported talented young scholars to conduct innovative, rigorous, and practical research to inform policies and programs for adolescent girls.   

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Population Council Fellow: S. Chandrasekhar

S. Chandrasekhar, a trained economist and a faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai, India, was looking to gain an in-depth understanding on issues relating to urbanization.

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Women on Waves’ Rebecca Gomperts Delivers Sheldon J. Segal Lecture

The Population Council welcomed Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, an abortion activist and lifelong supporter of women’s rights, as guest speaker for the 2022 Sheldon Segal Lecture Series—a collaboration between the Council and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (MBL).

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Population Council Fellow: Nguyen To Nhu

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Nguyen To Nhu was a young medical officer in Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine, when she was accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles’s (UCLA) Master’s degree program in Public Health.

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Population Council Fellow: Satvika Chalasani

Dr. Satvika Chalasani first learned about the Population Council when she was a PhD candidate at the Pennsylvania State University, working with Prof. John Casterline—then a professor of Sociology and Demography and a former Senior Associate at the Population Council.  

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Population Council Fellow: Moira O’Bryan

Dr. Moira O'Bryan became “hooked on science” during her Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, which supported young reproductive scientists to work on contraceptive development at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) at Rockefeller University in New York. After obtaining her PhD in immunology and reproductive biology in 1994, she spent three years at CBR studying endocrinology of male fertility.  

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Population Council Fellow: Sohail Agha

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Sohail Agha’s academic pursuits led him to a doctoral program in Population Dynamics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During this time, he studied with public health pioneer Prof. Henry Mosely, a former Population Council Associate, who developed the framework for child survival programs in Indonesia and Kenya.

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