Global Pop Team


  • Michael T. Yin, MD, MS

    • Director

    Michael T Yin, MD, MS, is Director for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health. He is also Director of the Global and Population Health Track of Scholarly Projects and of the Global and Population Health focus of the MD/MS in Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Yin is Associate Professor of Medicine and Program Director for the Fellowship Training Program in Infectious Diseases at CUIMC. Dr. Yin is the Co-director of the Biobehavioral Core of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at NYSPI and Deputy Director of the Wu Family China Center at CUIMC. His clinical work and research focus on optimization of HIV treatment and care. In particular, he is interested in prevention of metabolic complications associated with chronic inflammation and antiretroviral therapy throughout the lifespan, from children with perinatal HIV acquisition to older adults living with HIV. He is an active investigator in Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), and maintains research collaborations in South Africa, China, and Brazil.

    Dr. Yin
  • Anil Lalwani, MD

    • Associate Dean for Student Research

    Dr. Lalwani is Associate Dean for Student Research at VP&S. He is Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Director of Division of Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery, Co-Director of Columbia Cochlear Implant Program in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Medical Director of Perioperative Services at NewYork Presbyterian / CUIMC. He completed his medical training at the University of Michigan, Duke University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. He has served on the faculties of the University of California, San Francisco and New York University, where he was department chair, prior to joining the faculty at VP&S in 2012.

    Dr. Lalwani
  • Kim Hekimian, PhD

    • Associate Director of Education

    Kim Hekimian, PhD, is the Associate Director of Education for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health and Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University. Dr. Hekimian received her PhD in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Her research has focused on feeding practices of infants and children in Armenia.

    Dr. Hekimian


  • Jessica Soursourian, MPA

    • Director of Student Research and Global Health

    Jessica is the Program Director in Student Research and Global & Population Health.  Prior to VP&S, she spent 7 years at Columbia Business School, most recently as the Director of Academic Affairs in the Executive MBA program.  She received her MPA in Public and Nonprofit Administration from NYU.  Originally from New England, she is a longtime Brooklyn resident, where she resides with her husband and daughter.

    Jessica Soursourian, MPA
  • Sivanthy Vasanthan, MPH

    • Program Coordinator in Student Research and Global Health

    Sivanthy Vasanthan, MPH, is the Program Coordinator for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health. Sivanthy obtained her MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked at the intersection of Health Sciences and Education. Prior to coming to VP&S, Sivanthy worked with NYC Health and Hospitals and the Research Foundation of CUNY. 

    Sivanthy Vasanthan, Program Coordinator