Sandrena Ruth Frischer is a DPhil Student in Population Health supervised by Dr. Goylette Chami (Big Data and Helminth Epidemiology Research Group) and Dr. Michael Parker (ETHOX Centre). Her research is embedded within a longitudinal study on risk factors and multimorbidity associated with schistosomiasis in Uganda, through which she will explore the ethics of biomedical research on multimorbidity in low- and middle-income countries. Sandrena’s doctoral studies are supported by the Nuffield Department of Population Health and Rotary International.
Sandrena holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MSc in Public Health for Development from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where her master's dissertation investigated Ebola vaccine trial participant experiences with contraception as a condition of trial participation in Sierra Leone. Prior to beginning her DPhil, Sandrena managed field and data operations for a longitudinal epidemiological study on Lassa Fever in Liberia, conducted in partnership with Phebe Hospital, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI), and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia. Previously, Sandrena worked in healthcare access for undocumented migrants in the United States, in health equity and systems strengthening in Liberia, and as a community health specialist with the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador.