Project Coordinator, Disease Burden & Simulation Unit
Project Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa Region
Sharmeen moved to St. Jude from Karachi, Pakistan. She was initially inspired to pursue a career in public health after working in a gang violence-ridden school where students and their families were denied access to basic health services because of their socio-economic status and prejudice towards their community.
She completed her MPH in behavioral sciences and health education from Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in 2016. While at Emory, Sharmeen had the opportunity to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Data Manager for the Division of Viral Hepatitis. Soon after graduation, she moved to Pakistan and spent the next three years working in the field of sexual and reproductive health across the country.
While at Marie Stopes, Sharmeen managed programs aimed to empower women to regain control of their bodies and to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates. At Aahung, a local NGO, she worked as a research and evaluation specialist on programs aimed to decrease child sexual and physical abuse and to improve menstrual health and hygiene management. Sharmeen has served on the technical board for Parwaz Male Health Society for the past three years, working on HIV/AIDS and STI prevention for MSM and transgender women in Pakistan.
Outside of work, Sharmeen is passionate about traveling and exploring different cultures, cooking and learning new cuisines, and spending time with her family.