Lambert Lab

Our Team

Felicia Setiono, PhD

Health Equity Research Analyst

Felicia Setiono received her Doctorate from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Setiono utilizes both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to understand how social determinants of health are associated with individuals' capacity to achieve optimal health. Overall, she aims to use her research to inform interventions and policies that reduce health disparities. While her work has primarily focused on improving the food retail environment, she is also interested in improving access to education and employment, particularly for those who come from historically marginalized and low-income communities. She has been an active member of the American Public Health Association, through which she has advocated for increased opportunities for students' involvement, as well as initiated workshops that focused on professional development. Outside of work, Dr. Setiono enjoys creating digital artwork and completing crossword puzzles. She is currently living in Columbus, Ohio.

W. Marcus Lambert is dedicated to health equity and diversity in the scientific workforce. Dr. Lambert currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Research Strategy and Operations and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Dr. Lambert co-leads multiple research training programs at Downstate, including TRANSPORT, a $20 million endowment grant with a focus on recruiting and training underrepresented scientists in health disparities research.

Prior to SUNY Downstate, Dr. Lambert was Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life at Weill Cornell Graduate School, where he led a $2.4 million NIH-funded Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) Program to increase the number and enhance the success of Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds. Dr. Lambert helped to establish a new office devoted to student diversity and building community across the training continuum, leading to an increase in the percentage of Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds. He developed mentor training programs for both faculty and students, including a near-peer mentoring program to help first-year students from underrepresented groups transition into their Ph.D. programs.

Dr. Lambert was selected as one of New York’s Life Sciences Power 50 and one of Cell Press’ 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America. He is also a member of national boards such as HHMI's Center for the Advancement of Science Leadership and Culture Advisory Board and a member of NIH Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) Study Section. Dr. Lambert received his Ph.D. in biomedical science from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and his B.S. from Howard University. He holds an M.S. in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research from Weill Cornell Graduate School. Dr. Lambert currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and four children. 

W. Marcus Lambert, PhD, MS

Principal Investigator

Chellandra Samuels

MD/MPH student

Chellandra Samuels is a current third year MD/MPH student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She was born and raised in Queens, New York where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, followed by a Masters in Physiology. Chellandra is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, giving her a unique perspective on the importance of cultural humility and understanding in healthcare. Her background has instilled in her a passion for addressing health disparities and improving access to quality healthcare and education for marginalized communities. During her undergraduate education, Chellandra worked as a YMCA after-school teacher and a member of the clinical team at an urgent care in Manhattan. Before starting graduate school, she worked at a Haitian owned urgent care in Brooklyn, NY. Her experience in these different settings has given her a deeper understanding of the disparities in healthcare and education and continues to impact her choices today. To support her interests, Chellandra has taken elective courses in Intermediate Medical Chinese and Global Health and is actively involved in health equity research projects. She is also eager to discover innovative ways to connect her interests in surgery and health equity in the future. In her free time, Chellandra enjoys listening to music, watching productivity videos, and jump roping. She is a dedicated and hardworking individual who is committed to making a positive impact in the world of healthcare and education.

Brittney Moncrieffe

Medical student

Brittney Moncrieffe is a graduate Cornell University and pursuing a medical degree at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.

Eamen Ho

MPH student

Eamen Ho is a graduate of Hunter College and is pursuing an MPH at SUNY Downstate's School of Public Health.

Past Members

Juanita Morris STEM Education Research Analyst

Avelino Amado, PhD

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at U.S. Department of Defense; Project Manager at the U.S. Department of State

Suwaiba Afonja

Medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Damonie Salmon

Medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School 

Ahsan Saeed

Researcher and administrator at Boston Children's Hospital

Nanda Nana

Medical student at Howard University College of Medicine

Patricia Ansah, MPH

Downstate SPH Graduate

Aaliyah Schultz

Medical student at SUNY Downstate

Hassan Attar, MPH

Confidentiality and Data Governance Coordinator at the NYC DOHMH's World Trade Center Health Registry

Natalia Monsalve
MD/MPH student at SUNY Downstate

Navika Gangrade, PhD, RD

Visiting Assistant Professor, New York University

Christina Bhawanidin, MPH

Downstate SPH Graduate


Tina Adjei-Bosompem is an Assistant Director with the Academic Affairs team at SUNY Downstate. In her role she assists the director in providing on-going guidance for program evaluation and outcomes assessment as well as activities and evaluation processes for Middle States and other accreditation. Ms. Adjei-Bosompem was previously the Senior Coordinator for Student Education and Research for the Office of Diversity Education and Research (ODER) in the College of Medicine. She coordinated the Early Medical Education Program and the Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Research. Along with coordination and student mentorship, Tina led evaluation of all programs for ODER. She has also served as statistical consultant for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, revamping their Research Skills curriculum for instruction to the Health Science Academy. Ms. Adjei-Bosompem obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at the State University at Albany. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from SUNY Downstate where she was awarded The William Kuchler Award for Excellence in Biostatistics.

Tina Adjei-Bosompem, MPH

Asst Director and Researcher at SUNY Downstate

Kim Wu is a doctoral candidate at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences. She is a dedicated community health professional originally from Queens, New York. She received her master's in public health from the University of California Berkeley in 2018. Kim has over 10 years of experience in education, community-centered health program management, and capacity building that promoted cross-sector collaborations in projects related to school-based health promotion policy, sexual health education, and mental health outcomes with multiple local and national serving agencies across the country.

Her research interest includes exploring innovative methodologies that value community participation and centering the voices of those historically marginalized. She is involved with research around adolescent mental health, the impact of the built environment on health, the relationship of social cohesion on health, and the costs of gender-based violence within national contexts. With her degree, Kim hopes to pursue teaching and research that promotes equitable systems-level change within public health education and workforce development.

Kimberly Wu

Doctoral student

at Tulane University

Hamed Bamba

Undergraduate student

Hamed Bamba is a student at St. Francis College and is interested in pursuing degrees in public health and medicine.

Lateefah Shabazz

Undergraduate student

Lateefah Shabazz is a student at York College, City University of New York and is interested in pursuing degrees in a health-related field.