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
  • Elizabeth Shane, MD

    • Senior Associate Dean of Student Research

    Elizabeth Shane, MD, is the Senior Associate Dean of Student Research at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also directs the MD – MS in Biomedical Sciences, which includes a Global Health focus. She previously served for 7 years as the Vice-Chair for Clinical and Epidemiological Research for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Shane specializes in disorders of calcium and vitamin D metabolism and diseases of the skeleton, particularly osteoporosis. She has served as the President of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), as well as on NIH Study Sections and the Advisory Council of National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

    Elizabeth Shane, MD
  • 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


  • Tania Genel, MBA, MPP

    • Program Director

    Tania Genel, MBA, MPP, is the Program Director for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health since 2019. Passionate about the globalization of Higher Education, she has managed numerous development aid and worldwide initiatives at Université de Namur, Université Catholique de Louvain and Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, and at NYU’s Office of Global Programs in NYC. Prior to her transition into Higher Education in 2009, she worked in Corporate Finance and Internal Audit at Merck & Co in the USA and in Belgium, in Economic Consulting in Argentina, and at the Antitrust Agency in Venezuela. Tania obtained her MBA degree at the University of Rochester and her MPP at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina.

    Tania Genel, MBA, MPP