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Meet the 2022 Student Ambassadors

Meet the 2022 Student Ambassadors

We are excited to welcome 13 students from around the world as our first group of student ambassadors.

On 13 September 2022 the Covidence Community Team welcomed 13 students from around the world to our first Student Ambassador Program, an initiative to encourage more students to start their evidence journey with Covidence.

The Covidence Student Ambassadors are passionate about research and dedicated to the mission of creating trustworthy and actionable knowledge. Over a period of four weeks the Ambassadors will plan, prepare and deliver a Covidence training event at their institution. Along the way they will develop their own skills and share their experiences with Covidence’s global community of researchers.

Our Student Ambassadors receive a range of benefits including a letter of recognition and the opportunity to expand their professional network.

Let’s meet the team!

Aatik Arsh

Aatik is pursuing his PhD in Health Sciences from the University of York, United Kingdom. He works as Assistant Professor at Khyber Medical University Pakistan. His responsibilities include supporting postgraduate students with research methodology, biostatistics, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, qualitative research and randomised controlled clinical trials. He also supervises the students’ research projects. Aatik is Editor in Chief at Annals of Allied Health Sciences, an official research journal of Khyber Medical University Pakistan.

Akanksha Singh

Akanksha is a doctoral student at Coventry University. She is an accredited and a licenced physician with expertise in hepatology. She has recently gained her master’s degree in public health from the University of Sheffield and a professional diploma in tropical medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She has previously worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London and conducted a systematic review on the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of ethnic minorities across the UK. She is an active member of the Model United Nations and MSF (Doctors without borders) and represents the south Asian region.

Bianca Golzio Navarro Cavalcante

Bianca Golzio is a dentist from Brazil, and a PhD candidate at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary at the Department of Oral Biology and Centre for Translational Medicine. She is developing a 3D model to study the molecular mechanisms of enamel formation in vitro, and aiming to understand the efficacy of different enamel remineralizing agents through systematic reviews. She also works as a science methodology supervisor, providing support to first year PhD students. Bianca is passionate about teaching, writing and creative works.

Dumessa Edessa

Dumessa is an assistant professor at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He is currently studying for a PhD in Public Health. His research interest focuses on community-level antibiotic access and uses practices and the access inequality among the public in eastern Ethiopia. These findings will identify the appropriateness of community practices and behaviours regarding antibiotic access and uses that can explain the increasingly high antibiotic resistance in the country. Dumessa was the recipient of a Covidence global scholarship award in 2022.

Eman Alzghoul

Eman is a third year PhD student at the University Of New South Wales, Sydney. She has a BSc in optometry from Jordan University of Science and Technology and a Masters of Optometry from the University Of New South Wales. Eman has worked as a senior optometrist, clinical supervisor, and teaching assistant for nine years. She has a fellowship of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators and is a fellow of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s Science communication program.

Matthew Douma

Matthew is a PhD student at University College Dublin. He is adjunct professor for critical care medicine at the University of Alberta and a systematic reviewer for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Matthew is also Co-Chair of the Guideline Working Group of the American Heart Association. His research interests include resuscitation science, nursing, first aid, patient-engaged methods and co-design.

Nain Mirabel Yu

Nain is a research fellow, currently pursuing her Masters Degree at Texila America University. Her research interest is focused on the underserved population, especially people with disabilities. She is currently working with eBASE Africa to manage a project aimed at improving the livelihoods of people with disabilities using innovation and best practices. Nain is an active member of the Africa Evidence Network community where she has been recognised as an evidence leader through the Africa Evidence Leadership Award and as a digital changemaker via World Pulse. Nain also screens RCTs with Cochrane.

Pooja Panchal

Pooja is pursuing a PhD in nutrition and dietetics under the guidance of Professor Kavitha Menon at the Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences at Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India.

Sania Basheer

Sania is a public health expert with a master’s degree from Lund University. She studied pharmacy at the University of Karachi and has an MPhil in pharmaceutical chemistry from Jinnah university of Women, Pakistan. She interned as a research assistant in the health economics unit of Lund University. Sania worked as a lecturer in the faculty of pharmacy at Jinnah university for women. Her research interests are epidemiology and health economics studies.


Sezal Panchal

Sezal is a student on the Master of Science in International Health program at Charité University of Medicine, Berlin, Germany. Her research interests are epidemiology, public health, real world evidence, health economics and health financing, systematic review and meta analysis, and randomised controlled trials. She strongly believes that only a good quality of research can provide reliable evidence that is ethical, robust and can be used to inform policy making.

Shubharanjan Jena

Shubharanjan is currently pursuing doctoral study in public health in the Department of Community Medicine at the Institute of Medical Science and Sum Hospital, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan in the area of Cancer Registry. His research interests include ethnography research, public health, tribal health, cancer registry, health systems, systematic review, qualitative research, one health, and global health.

Stephanie Craig

Stephanie graduated in 2021 with a first-class honours degree in Adult Nursing. She is a registered nurse with clinical experience. In her second year of study she applied to the Alzheimer’s Society to research the impact of dementia education and won a bursary to undertake this research. Stephanie then worked alongside people with dementia, their caregivers, academic staff, and other nursing students to co-design a game about dementia. She is currently a PhD student focusing on dementia at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast.

Têtê Norbert

Têtê is a medical resident with a masters in public health. He is pursuing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Angers, France. His doctoral research is focused on the impact of physical activity on return to work after cancer diagnosis. As part of his PhD research, Têtê published an article entitled ‘Effectiveness of physical activity interventions on return to work after a cancer diagnosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis’. His interests include evidence-based research, evidence synthesis, literature review and meta-analysis.

We hope that this program will enrich the knowledge and skills of our Ambassadors and encourage more students to use Covidence. We look forward to providing updates on the Ambassadors’ progress over the coming weeks and we wish them every success.

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