Dr. Ugo Edu will be joining the HEI team as the Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow, starting in August 2015. Ugo is a Medical Anthropologist who is currently finishing her PhD at UC San Francisco/UC Berkeley (June 2015). She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Morehouse School of Medicine (2007) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physiological Sciences from UCLA (2003). Edu is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to reproductive and sexual health, race, aesthetics, reproductive technologies, and social justice with an emphasis on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Edu has been a UCB graduate student lecturer since 2011 and was previously faculty on the Prison University Project, where she assisted in developing curriculum for an Intro to Anthropology course at San Quentin Prison. She has 5 years of research experience. During her time in Ghana, she created and pilot tested an assessment survey for a natural/herbal contraceptive use study that the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Unit was coordinating.
Edu received the Rosenberg-Hill Graduate Fellowship award from UC San Francisco for 2013-2015, and was the 2011 UCSF Graduate Division Merit Fellowship Medical Anthropology Program Awardee. She has been published in the Community Mental Health Journal for her co-authorship on a paper that explores the mental health of black men who have sex with men.
As the Science, Justice, and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow, Edu will co-develop programs and projects at the intersection of science, medicine and health equity, and work independently on developing publications and research.