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Brian Fleischer

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Brian is a first-generation and low-income student who will be attending the Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from Stanford University with a major in Human Biology and a minor in African Studies. During his time in college, he served as the president of the Stanford African Students Association, a program assistant at the Center for African Studies, and a member of the Stanford Model United Nations travel team. He has vested interests in female empowerment and harnessing youthful innovative capital for social good. In 2015, Brian co-created the Innovate Ghana High Schools Challenge, a human-centered design program at the University of Ghana that challenges high school students to design low-cost solutions to problems in their communities. He is also passionate about the epidemiology of infectious diseases especially in low resource settings in low and middle-income countries in Africa and around the world. At Stanford, he was a part of the Egan lab’s study that investigated the role that specific gene products play in hopes of better understanding the host-pathogen interactions during malaria infections among African populations. During his gap year, he returned home to Ghana to start a college access program for high achieving low-income students called FLEEF Ghana. Brian is the recipient of the Nunya Merit Scholarship, the Donald Kennedy Public Service Fellowship, and the Stanford Alumni Award of Excellence. Talk to Brian about infectious disease epidemiology, women and youth empowerment, education access for low-income students, and African literature.

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