Lyolya Hovhannisyan is a 4th year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Lyolya studied neuroscience and Spanish as an undergraduate at UCLA, where she developed a strong interest in global public health. She co-founded a branch of Flying Samaritans at UCLA, an organization that strives to provide primary care, health education, and accessibility to local services in a community near Tijuana, Mexico. Lyolya obtained her Master’s of Science in Global Health at the University of California San Francisco, where she researched infant feeding in Honduras for her thesis.
As a medical student, Lyolya continues to be active in global health with her involvement in the global health selective, diabetes research in Armenia, and as a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. She is very grateful or the SAPHIR fellowship and the opportunity to expand quantitative research analysis skills and further understand structural and social factors that drive health inequities. Lyolya strives to pursue a residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics. She envisions a future career providing primary care, both locally and globally, and collaborating with community partners to improve management and prevention on an individual and community level.
Research Area: Geo-spatial analysis of socioeconomic context, linkage to and retention in care for people living with HIV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Applications for the 2020-21 class are now being accepted on a rolling basis.