Core Team

Lauren Braun, Principal Investigator, Phase I and Phase II, is the founder and President of Alma Sana. Her bio can be found here




Dr. Subhash Chandir, Co-investigator, Phase I and Evaluator, Phase II, is Director of Maternal and Child Health at Interactive Research & Development, having previously served as their Director of Vaccines. He received his medical degree from Chandka Medical College in Pakistan, his Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a certificate in infectious diseases, and his doctoral degree in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control program from Johns Hopkins. Subhash is also a member of the charter class Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, USA. Subhash started his public health research career during medical school by working on a series of studies on assessment of unnecessary and unsafe injection practices in Pakistan. As a student he also served as International Advisor and Reviewer for student British Medical Journal. 

Subhash has received certificates in Vaccine Science and Policy, and Clinical Vaccine Trials from Johns Hopkins. He has coordinated a number of vaccine projects and conducted data analysis for various vaccine studies. He has been working on a series of vaccine interventions including electronic vaccine registry, SMS reminders, and mobile money transfers to improve immunization coverage and timeliness using mobile technology in Kenya, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Subhash is currently conducting a trial to evaluate factors for improving immune response to rotavirus and oral polio vaccines in Bangladesh. Subhash believes that while introducing new vaccines in to national programs of developing countries is a priority, the timely coverage and efficacies of existing vaccines remain just as important.

Kristin Bratton, Co-investigator, Phase I, received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Arizona in Spring 2012, completing her thesis project on the role of the cell surface protein furin in human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. She recently completed a Master's in Public Health in Global Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, concentrating in the area of infectious disease, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at Rollins. She presently works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Global Immunization Division, assisting with various research projects relating to routine immunization. She is also involved in domestic vaccine research through Emory University, working on a project evaluating the effect of educational and promotional programs on maternal Tdap and influenza vaccination rates.  She is very interested in vaccine-preventable diseases and the impact that more effective routine immunization programs can have on global health, particularly in low-resource settings. 

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Maggie Cupit, Marketing and Fundraising Intern, is a medical student at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, where she is Class Representative. She graduated summa cum laude from Rhodes College in 2014, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and minoring in Religious Studies. During college, Maggie completed a two-year research fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, studying stem cell and cord blood oncology and antimalarial therapeutics. Maggie also collaborated with palliative care physicians to publish a review on end of life in hospital settings for pediatric patients. Maggie received the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Young Volunteer Award for her work as a speaker at fundraisers for the organization; she has spoken to dozens of groups across the country to raise awareness and support for children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses. In addition to scientific journals, Maggie is a published author and poet. She is pursuing a career in pediatric hematology/oncology and is currently involved in various research projects in the field. Maggie is most passionate about giving children the opportunity to enjoy life.