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Sandrena Frischer

Sandrena Frischer

Research groups

Sandrena Frischer

DPhil Student

Sandrena Ruth Frischer is a DPhil Student in Population Health supervised by Professor Michael Parker (Ethox Centre) and Associate Professor Goylette Chami ((SchistoTrack). Her doctoral research focuses on practical ethical challenges during research on debilitating neglected tropical diseases that disproportionately affect the 1.7 billion most impoverished people globally, the majority of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa. Managing healthcare research in extremely resource-constrained environments raises complex ethical questions regarding care continuity and the nature of public sector partnerships. Through empirical bioethics research embedded within SchistoTrack, a longitudinal study on chronic schistosomiasis infection in Uganda, Sandrena explores research stakeholder experiences of ethical challenges relating to continuity of care during research implementation. Sandrena’s doctoral studies are supported by Oxford Population Health and Rotary International.   

Sandrena holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MSc in Public Health for Development from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where her master's dissertation investigated Ebola vaccine trial participant experiences with contraception as a condition of trial participation in Sierra Leone. 

Prior to her DPhil, Sandrena managed field and data operations for a longitudinal epidemiological study on Lassa Fever in Liberia, conducted in partnership with Phebe Hospital, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI), and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia. Previously, Sandrena worked in healthcare access for undocumented migrants in the United States, in health equity and systems strengthening in Liberia, and as a community health specialist with the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador.