Before coming to Columbia, I completed a DPhil in Public Health at Oxford University, where I was a Rhodes Scholar (Michigan and Oriel, 2009). My DPhil thesis, entitled "Inequalities in obesity in England; An agent-based systems approach" featured an agent-based model I constructed to characterize the etiology of disparities in obesity in England. While in Oxford, I played on the "Blues" lacrosse team, which I captained during the 2010-2011 season, and I was involved in several fundraising initiatives through the Rhodes community. I am a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan, where I completed a Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction in Biology and Political Science. In college, I was a defenseman on Michigan's Men's lacrosse team and vice-president of the Muslim Students' Association.
Alongside my academic responsibilities, I am a Fellow at Demos, a non-profit think tank based in New York. My commentary engages the public debate about issues of health policy in the US and globally, with a particular focus on disease prevention in light of epidemiologic trends and emerging public health challenges. My commentary has been featured in The Health Affairs Blog, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, CNN,and the Huffington Post, as well as Demos's blog, www.policyshop.net. I am also the Associate Editor for Commentary and Opinion at The 2x2 Project--a media venue dedicated to translating public health science to the broader public sponsored by Columbia's Department of Epidemiology.
In my free time, I enjoy time with my wife, Sarah, reading, writing, exercising, engaging in great conversation with inspiring people, and cooking.
Last updated 11/2013