Administration and Staff
Absera Melaku, MA, MPH
Absera Melaku is the Program Manager for the University of Chicago Center for Global Health. She provides overall direction for the Center by managing its long-term strategy, developing and managing education programs and initiatives, and overseeing the operational infrastructure. Absera develops interdisciplinary, collaborative relationships with non-University partners and University faculty, students, and staff to further the Center’s mission to broaden global health education, training, research, advocacy, and engagement. Before coming to the Center, Absera served as Research and Grants Manager for the Institute for Policy Research Two-Generation Research Initiative at Northwestern University. In collaboration with investigators from Columbia and Harvard Universities, she contributed to multiple mixed-methods antipoverty studies examining the implementation and effectiveness of two-generation education interventions and the intersection of policy and practice for economically disadvantaged families and their children. Absera received her Master of Medical Anthropology and Master of Public Health from Case Western Reserve University and her interests lie in global health education and promotion, adolescent health and youth development, and community-based public health programming, implementation, and evaluation.
Michelle Tagle, MPH Clinical Research Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Tagle is a Cinical Research Program Coordinator involved in managing research studies and research-related projects in West Africa, most of which center around breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Working alongside interdisciplinary teams at the University of Chicago as well as colleagues abroad, she helps ensure at international sites the conduct of high quality research and coordinates training opportunities to build local research capacity. She is also involved in grant writing and grants management and provides programmatic support at the Center, helping to advance global health research and education on campus and beyond. Michelle graduated from the University of Illinois with an MPH in Community Health Sciences and Global Health, and has conducted mixed-methods research on the roles of climate change and the transportation sector in the rural health of developing countries.