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  • Marko Jakovljevic

    Marko Jakovljevic

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Radiology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I consider myself a medical ultrasound researcher and engineer. My research interests include synthetic aperture beamforming, coherence imaging, and signal processing in general.

  • Aleksandra Jakubowski

    Aleksandra Jakubowski

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, General Internal Medicine

    Bio I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford's Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. My research uses economic theory and econometric techniques to explore health policy questions. I am interested in the impact of development assistance for health on population health outcomes and spillover effects to other sectors, including labor, education, and diplomacy. I am also interested in the impact of disease and access to health care on subjective expectations of adults and household decisions about human capital investments. I have experience with primary data collection in sub-Saharan Africa and with using publicly-available data sources to explore research questions. My current work focuses on developing a machine learning model of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa using DHS data, evaluating future expectations after PEPFAR implementation using Afrobarometer data, and developing several manuscripts using experimental data from the SEARCH trial (NCT01864603).

    I received a PhD in health policy, economics track, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the mentorship of Harsha Thirumurthy. My dissertation evaluated the impact of US-sponsored malaria and HIV interventions in sub-Saharan Africa on child mortality, economic functioning of households, and intergenerational transfers of human capital. As a doctoral student, I collaborated with UCSF researchers on the SEARCH trial, a community-randomized experiment of HIV test-and-treat in Uganda and Kenya. My contribution was to evaluate economic functioning of households participating in the trial, including labor activities, schooling outcomes, out-of-pocket and opportunity costs of seeking healthcare, and subjective expectations of health and longevity. In a separate project, I also explored data related to price premiums paid to female sex workers for unprotected sex in a high HIV prevalence setting in Kenya. Prior to my doctoral studies, I received a BA degree in psychology from Boston University and an MPH degree from Columbia University in health policy. I then worked at ICAP at Columbia University, under the mentorship of Margaret Kruk, investigating the impact of HIV program scale-up in sub-Saharan Africa on the volume and quality of prenatal and obstetric care.

  • Taha Jan, M.D.

    Taha Jan, M.D.

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

    Bio Dr. Taha Jan graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in molecular and cellular biology with honors from Vanderbilt University. As an undergraduate, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Larry Zwiebel on the olfactory system and in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Waters investigating the somatosensory cortex and gustatory system. He then attended medical school at Stanford University, where he studied the role of the Wnt pathway in murine cochlear development under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Cheng. He spent an extra year as a Howard Hughes Medical Institutes research fellow while at Stanford to further pursue his research interests on cochlear development, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine.

    Dr. Jan completed his internship in general surgery at the Mass General Hospital (MGH) and completed residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery in the Harvard/Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary training program in Boston. His work during residency focused on the effects of secreted factors from human vestibular schwannomas on hearing loss in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories as part of Dr. Tina Stankovic’s group. During residency, he published on superior canal dehiscence etiology, endoscopic ear surgery techniques, and hearing loss. Dr. Jan is a current postdoctoral research fellow and ACGME otology/neurotology fellow in the Stanford T32 funded Clinician Scientist Training Program (CSTP). His research interests include development of the inner ear and stem cell biology with the goal of ultimately translating discoveries in these areas into therapeutics for patients suffering from hearing and vestibular disorders. His clinical interests include hearing loss, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, endoscopic ear surgery, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, superior canal dehiscence syndrome.