OUR RESEARCH STAFF
Dr. Kaesha Thomas, MBBS, is a Research Associate at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities and Project Manager of the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI). Graduating as proxime accessit of her medical class, she obtained her medical degree with Distinction from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Her work with JACCRI will encompass the recognition of disparities in healthcare, with the aim of contributing to critical medical advancements in prevention, screening, detection, and palliation in Jamaica as well as the Caribbean.
Kaesha Thomas, MBBS
Dr. Matthew Kodilinye, MBBS, is a Research Associate at the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI). He is a Barbados National Scholar and attained a medical degree from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. His work with JACCRI involves coordinating efforts geared towards the H3ECaribbean initiative to support regional improvement in health infrastructure, research, and capacity-building. Dr. Kodilinye is particularly enthusiastic about ways in which genomics can be applied to revolutionize clinical care for chronic diseases in the Caribbean.
Matthew Kodilinye, MBBS
Dr. Kammar Segree, MBBS, is a Research Associate at the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI). He attained his medical degree from the University of the West Indies. Dr. Segree's research interests include the advancement of cancer treatment through the identification of various barriers along the clinical care pathway. His current work with JACCRI is focused on assessing the quality of palliative care being offered to the underprivileged population within the region as a part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Evaluation of Palliative Care of Six Countries.
Kammar Segree, MBBS
Mr. Argentieri is Research Associate at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, where he serves as Project Manager for the National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, where his research focuses on understanding the embodiment of social inequality at both the phenomenological and molecular level among low-income and disadvantaged populations, and how this may then contribute to health inequality persistent throughout the United States. In particular, he is interested in the epigenetic mechanisms that mediate stress, adversity, poverty, trauma, and health. Mr. Argentieri also holds an MPhil in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and has held research and teaching positions at the University of Oxford and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute. A full research profile for Mr. Argentieri’s work can be found on his University of Oxford page.
Austin Argentieri, MPhil
Dr. Kari Brown, MBBS, MSc, attained her medical degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies before completing a Master of Science degree in Oncology with Honours at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She was later awarded a University Research Fellowship to continue work in the basic and translational sciences. Her work with JACCRI focuses on improving the quality of cancer care in Jamaica – particularly in low-resource settings, reducing associated health disparities, and exploring integrative approaches to palliative care. Dr. Brown is currently pursuing residency training in Internal Medicine at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Kari Brown, MBBS
Ms. Schachter is Deputy Director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities. She holds an MPH (Health Behavior and Health Education) and a BS with honors (Biopsychology and Cognitive Science) from the University of Michigan. Ms. Schachter has over 10 years of experience managing complex multi-year, multi-institutional research initiatives, with research experience in the areas of gene-environment interactions, epigenomics, nicotine addiction, smoking cessation, survey design, religiosity/spirituality, asthma management, health education program development, traffic safety, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Before joining the Center in 2008, she served as Research Coordinator and Smoking Cessation Counselor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction (formerly the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center).
Anna B. Schachter, MPH
Bobak Seddighzadeh, MA, is Research Associate at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities; and MD candidate at the University of Nevada. During his graduate work at New York University’s Gallatin School, Mr. Seddighzadeh studied population and medical genetics and graduated as the valedictorian of his class. Since then, Mr. Seddighzadeh has focused his research at the intersection of genomics and health inequity, for example, through helping to publish research on the etiology of stress-related chronic disease via epigenetic regulation of the HPA axis. His work in Jamaica included assisting with the development of a prospective prostate cancer genetics study in Jamaican men, conducting multiple lectures on biomedical research at the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, and the establishment of national palliative care guidelines for the Ministry of Health of Jamaica.
Bobak Seddighzadeh, MA
Dr. Steven Smith, MBBS, is a Research Associate at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities and former Project Manager at the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI). His research interests include the identification of health disparities associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer within the Caribbean and the improvement of regional cancer research and partnerships. His work with JACCRI focuses on projects aimed at regional palliative care collaborations and the development of integrative treatment options for end-of-life care in low-income and disadvantaged populations. Dr. Smith earned a medical degree with Honours from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and is undertaking residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Northwestern University.
Steven Smith, MBBS
Kellyann Zuzulo, JACCRI's Director of Communication, is a seasoned Communications professional and former journalist, committed to elevating awareness about non-profit organizations through innovative Marketing strategies. Former positions include the director of communications for the Center for Health Care Strategies, a Robert Wood Johnson foundation, and managing Media Relations for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Her focus is on creating and disseminating powerful messaging to advance organizational goals, through the strategic development of internal and external communications, public relations, and social media.