Girls Who Code Summer Update

Currently only 0.3% of programmers and 12% of computer science majors are women. This number is startling because it shows a decrease from 34% of computer science majors who were women in 1984.  In an industry which is arguably becoming the most prominent in our daily lives, we believe that women should play a more prominent role. This summer GHS and UC Davis are hosting Intel’s Girls Who Code program, empowering highly motivated high-school women to become engaged in computing, science, and math. UC Davis is proud to be the first university training site for Girls Who Code. This summer twenty students are being taught at UC Davis by Ms. Kristen Beck, a postgraduate student at the UC Davis Genome Center. The program kicked off June 25, and as we near the halfway point of the program, the girls are already showing tremendous progress and promise for the future. GHS looks forward to seeing the great things that the girls are accomplishing and the Girls Who Code graduation, which will occur this August.

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“Girls Who Code was founded because we believe that female engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators are our future. The Intel Summer Immersion Program is an important part of our movement to change the face of technology in America,” said founder Reshma Saujani.

Find out more about Girls Who Code at the website:


Dr. Eric Schadt visits Global Healthshare

Ray, Eric Schadt, Megan, and Somen

Ray, Eric Schadt, Megan, and Somen

On June 3rd and 4th, 2013, Dr. Schadt visit the UC Davis campus as the Storer Family Endowment Lecturer in Major Issues in Molecular Biology. The title of his presentation was: “Leveraging the Digital Universe of Data to Construct Predictive Models of Disease”. Dr. Schadt is an internationally recognized expert on the generation and integration of very large-scale sequence variation, molecular profiling and clinical data in disease populations for constructing molecular networks that define disease states and link molecular biology to physiology. His research has provided novel insights into what is needed to master diverse, large-scale data collected on normal and disease populations in order to elucidate the complexity of disease and make more informed decisions in the drug discovery arena. He is a very sought after collaborator speaker and advisor. Dr. Schadt’s knowledge and experience, managing big data sets and the structure and function of genomes is relevant to addressing health disparities on a global scale.

Our Executive Director, Ray Rodriguez Elected into AAAS! Congratulations!

The GHS team would like to congratulate our very own Professor Ray Rodriguez, Executive Director, for being elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for both distinguished contributions to fundamental research in molecular biology and genomics and for his work in administration, especially in developing international collaborations leading to the rice genome project. Ray is also director of the Center for Nutritional Genomics at UC Davis and co-founder of GHS. We are all proud of you!AAAS_logo605

Reflection of the Day


“‘Increasing global economic citizenship, one healthy village at a time’ is not just a great tagline, but also an inescapable reality of working in the developing world.  It expands on another great tagline, “start small, build smart.”  We are confident that a few local successes will propagate a tidal wave of village successes fueled by enlightened self-interest and the power of social media.”

-Ray Rodriguez, Executive Director

Welcome to the blog of Global HealthShare initiative!

Welcome to the blog of Global HealthShare initiative! As we blog, you can think of us as the GHS team.  We hope to provide some insight into the work we do around the world —  applying interdisciplinary approaches to break the cycle of poverty and improving the lives of those who are currently not part of the world’s economy. Our team will share experiences from the field as well as stories from the people we help in the developing world. Of course, we will supplement all of those experiences with as many pictures, videos, and other media to complete the story. In addition, we have archived our news stories prior to the creation of this blog which can be found in the Yearly Archives section.

The GHS team located at our headquarters at the University of California, Davis is quite small — that is, compared to our global consortium of over 40 members and 30 institutions around the world. As a start up humanitarian organization, we all find ourselves wearing many different hats and learning many new things everyday — but we are all bonded by one thing — passion for setting an example and delivering sustainable health solutions to those who need them most. In time this team will grow larger, but for now, let us introduce ourselves:

Raymond Rodriguez, Ph.D, is the Executive Director and is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Somen Nandi, Ph.D, is the Managing Director.

Delia Bethell, Ph.D, is our Clinical and Regulatory Specialist.

Megan Doyle, is a recent graduate of UC Davis and is a Research Analyst.

Editha Setiawan, is an MPH student at UC Davis and is a Research Analyst.