Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Recipient Strives To Raise Malaria Awareness

Kritika Singh, E’20, bioengineering, has been awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, which will enable her to pursue a doctor of medicine degree at Stanford University. She received the Rhodes Scholarship in 2020.

This article originally appeared on Northeastern Global News. It was published by Alena Kuzub. Main photo: Kritika Singh aspires to enhance the toolkit of modern medicine to reduce health disparities and improve global health care. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Raising awareness about global health issues and developing therapeutics is the mission of Knight-Hennessy Scholarship recipient

Ten years ago, Kritika Singh, a Northeastern University graduate and Young Global Leader, heard for the first time the harrowing statistic that every minute a child somewhere dies from malaria.

She was a sheltered high school student, she says, taking part in a summer internship at a Boston biotech company where she was assigned to a malaria research project.

Since then, raising awareness of malaria and getting young people to care about global health issues have been among the ambitious career goals set by Singh, a first-generation Indian American.

“I really hope to become a physician, a scientist and an advocate focused on working on these issues by not only developing therapeutics, but also working on the implementation and the global health policy side,” she says.

After being awarded a prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, she is one step closer to achieving her dreams.

Kritika Singh, a Northeastern graduate and recipient of the Knight-Hennessy scholarship, right, hugs Jonna Iacono, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, at the 14th Academic Honors Convocation in April. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate fellowship program established in 2016 to prepare recent grads for leadership roles in academia, industry, government, nonprofits and the community at large.

The scholars receive financial support to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University, where Singh will pursue a doctor of medicine degree. Her goal, she says, is to eventually develop therapeutics for regions with few health care resources.

“For example, for cancer, over 70% of all cancer-related deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries,” she says. “But most of the money that goes into developing cancer therapeutics are focused on developing these very expensive therapeutics that will be great for people in the U.S. and maybe in the U.K. But these technologies are not really going to get to where they’re needed the most, where most of the deaths are happening.”

Singh was 16 years old when she established a nonprofit organization — Malaria Free World — to raise awareness about the mosquito-transmitted disease. She traveled to India to speak with students and faculty in regions affected by malaria, and met with researchers and scientists at the National Institute of Malaria Research.

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