Malado (Diana) Cissokho, VG23

Malado (Diana) Cissokho, VG23


Rhode Island

BS Biology (Major), Sociology (minor), Providence College, 2019

Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?

My name is Diana Cissokho. I attended Providence College and attained a degree in biology with a minor in sociology in May 2019. Before entering the MS-IDGH program, I was working as a Covid 19 case investigator. Helping communities facing health disparities during the pandemic. The MS-IDGH program focus on infectious diseases and the global health aspect is what intrigued me the most. The mastery training of laboratories techniques and the applications to solve global health issues is what drove my decision to join the program. The Cummings school of Veterinary Medicine had the perfect program that allowed a deeper dive into my passions. I knew I wanted to pursue a masters’ degree in science and the cummings school offered a program that allowed me to explore my interest in infectious disease and my passion for global health. Growing up I witnessed disparaging health inequalities all throughout my community which ignited my passion for global health. I developed an interest in infectious disease after taking microbiology and a concentration in mycobacterium. Diving deeper into multidrug resistance bacteria and how it will affect our population.

What are your career goals after completing the program?

After completing the program, I hope to expand my knowledge and work with research that focuses on multidrug resistance bacteria. Growing up I had a tortoise, we had to leave him behind when we moved here. My hobbies include dancing, swimming, and hiking.