Dr. Megan Madonna

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Gabriela Asturias

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Dr. Madonna is the assistant director of education of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies and the program director of Ignite. In this role, she hopes to build Ignite as a tool to increase students' interest in perusing STEM, specifically engineering, as their future careers. Before this role, she received her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam in biomedical engineering where she worked on developing imaging technologies to capture breast cancer's behavior.

She is currently at Stanford School of Medicine, after graduating from Duke in 2017 with a BS in Neuroscience. Since 2016, she has been collaborating with Dr. Ramanujam to implement Ignite in Guatemala through the Guatemala foundation she co-founded: FUNDEGUA.

She completed a MSc in Social Psychology from the University of Groningen after graduating from her BSc in Psychology from the same university in 2019. She is the lead coordinator of Ignite’s implementation in Guatemala and the development of Ignite’s virtual platform in Spanish as part of the Guatemalan organization FUNDEGUA.


Jaan Nandwani

She is a biology major, with a chemistry minor and innovation and entrepreneurship certificate, on the pre-med track. She joined Ignite because she is extremely passionate about promoting equity in access to a STEM education for all students and am interested in women's health. 


Julia Carr

She is a junior studying biology and global health at Duke University. She’s passionate about immunology and infectious diseases through a global, equitable lens. She has been with IGNITE for two years, working to establish community partners in Peru and pivot IGNITE towards an airborne viral pathogen-based curriculum once COVID-19 challenged IGNITE operations. This summer she led a 8-person team to develop the IGNITE Health Curriculum, which is currently free to the public through the Thinktific platform

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Alessandra Alvarez Calderon

She is a student at Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Lima, Peru. She is passionate about improving others' education and improving the Peruvian Educational System as well as all areas of science, especially Physics and Chemistry. Joining Ignite in 2020, she is excited to begin working with the community.

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Hope Springate

She is a student at Duke University studying Biology, Chemistry, and Education. She joined the Ignite team in fall 2019 because of her love of education and to bring Ignite to Durham Public Schools. Since, she has also worked with a team to create the virtual platform.

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Kyla Brezitski

She is a student at Duke University studying Chemistry and Evolutionary Anthropology. Inspired by her passion for STEM education of youth, she joined the Ignite Health Team in the summer of 2020 to help create a new curriculum centered around infectious disease.


Dolores Juarez

She is a rising Junior at Emory University studying French and Biology. She joined the Ignite team in the summer of 2020 and worked on the new health curriculum on communicable diseases

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Sarah McLaughlin

She is a rising senior at Emory University studying Psychology on the pre-med track. Inspired by her love for education, she joined the Ignite team in summer 2020 and worked on the health curriculum on communicable diseases.

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Gwendolyn Henry

She is a student at Duke University studying Psychology and Chemistry on a pre-med track. She joined the Ignite team in summer 2020 and worked on the health curriculum on communicable diseases.


Kansi Udochukwu

She is a sophomore at Duke University studying Mechanical Engineering. She joined the Ignite team because she is passionate about community members innovating their own solutions to make it specific to their community.


Alejandro Arzú

He is a rising senior at Emory University double-majoring in Human Health and Biology on the pre-med track. He has been working in Ignite since the summer of 2018, teaching curricula at a variety of schools and has now been part of the virtual platform initiative.


Shana Abraham

She is a student at Duke University studying “Culturally-Specific Innovation to Reduce Health Disparities for Black and Brown Women. She joined the Ignite team in summer 2020 to work on a health curriculum focused on communicable diseases as she was publishing her book on female empowerment and social change, Rise.


A passionate Mechanical Engineering student minoring in ML and AI at Duke University who is especially interested in designing technology with regard to its intersection with the environment and helping people in disadvantaged situations. She is looking forward to expanding her experiences in STEM fields and learning more about creating for people with different views, experiences and backgrounds during Ignite's experimentation this semester.

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Elijah Chou

He is a sophomore at Emory University double majoring in Biology and Computer Science on the pre-med track. He is passionate about helping others in any way possible and joined the Ignite team through Emory’s Health and Development in Guatemala student organization in hopes of empowering others to further develop STEM-oriented thinking.


Alexa McGrath

She is a freshman at Emory University who is majoring in QSS Biology. She first got involved with Ignite through Emory’s Health and Development in Guatemala club. She is very passionate about research and hopes to use her passion to help other students worldwide.

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Daniel Hong

He is a student at Emory University who first became involved with Ignite through the Water Curriculum in Guatemala in 2019. He collaborated on Ignite's virtual platform and is further developing his passion for youth education and social justice. 

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Cori Reyes

She is a junior at Emory University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in English. She is passionate about research and heard the program through the neuroscience department. She loves to participate in organizations that are beneficial to the public.


Audrey Lu

She is an Anthropology and Human Biology Major going into her sophomore year at Emory University and is passionate about helping those in need through a health perspective. She loves to play volleyball, hike our national parks, and explore the food scene of Atlanta!

Nidhi Srivaths

She is a student at Duke University majoring in ECE and BME with a minor in Global Health. She is passionate about the intersection of healthcare and technology with special emphasis on its translation into low resource settings.