Ailis Tweed-Kent


Ailis Tweed-Kent
Member since:
27 Oct, 2008


Ailis Tweed-Kent received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in 2007. During her undergraduate years, she spent time at Touching Tiny Lives in Lesotho, Africa working with children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, conducted basic science research on osteoblast cells, and was selected to be the student panelist in the Notre Dame Forum: The Global Health Crisis. After graduation, she matriculated at Harvard Medical School where she has been involved in numerous global health and diagnostic related projects that span from basic science research to policy. She has collaborated with PEPFAR to develop guidelines and strategy on the implementation of rapid diagnostic tests, worked with iTEACH to evaluate the decentralization of HIV treatment in South Africa, collaborated with the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard to develop an expert panel on malaria rapid diagnostic tests, designed a proposal to develop eco-friendly rapid diagnostic tests, and briefly volunteered with Daktari Daignostics to further develop their rapid CD4 assay. Most recently, Ailis was selected as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow 2010-2011, during which she led a multidisciplinary multinational research project to develop a rapid diagnostic tool for typhoid fever starting with a thorough end-user needs assessment in Nepal and followed by a collaboration with basic researchers in Spain to adapt a novel aptamer-based carbon nanotube biosensor to detect live Salmonella typhi in whole blood in the laboratory. She will start her residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in July 2012 and plans to pursue a career developing global health diagnostics.

Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Student


  • Harvard Medical School
    Website: Type: Academic Institution Country: United States About: Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) mission is to create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease. Students and more than 7,500 full-time faculty in 11 academic departments located on the School's Boston campus, in one of 47 hospital-based clinical departments at 18 Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes, or at 30 research centers, divisions, and institutes, advance the School’s mission every day. Within HMS, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) works in close collaboration with the GHD project teams, from participating in GHDonline communities to developing the GHD academic platform.
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
    Website: Type: Academic Institution Country: United Kingdom About: The mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and through informing policy and practice in these areas.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - MGH
    Website: Type: Medical Institution Country: United States About: Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. The 900-bed medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Each year, MGH admits more than 46,000 inpatients and handles nearly 1.5 million outpatient visits at its main campus and at its four health centers: in the Back Bay, Charlestown, Chelsea and Revere. Its Emergency Department records nearly 80,000 visits annually. MGH is the only hospital in the United States to hold concurrent Level 1 verification for adult and pediatric trauma and burn care. The surgical staff performs more than 35,000 operations and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,500 babies each year.
  • Touching Tiny Lives Foundation
    Website: Type: Non-Governmental Organization Country: United States About: Touching Tiny Lives Foundation exists for one purpose - the children. All members bring their own special gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure to the benefit of the foundation and ultimately the children. There are no compensated board members. In fact, all travels to Lesotho by board members are at personal expense serving as a testimony to their commitment. From that first moment when Ken Storen lovingly brought the first TTL infant into his home until today, the TTLF Board of Directors remains committed to the vision and mission of making a difference - "one child at a time."
  • University of Notre Dame
    Website: Type: Academic Institution Country: United States About: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind., adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. Within the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Anthropology ( offers an undergraduate program in anthropology that provides students with a broad, holistic, integrated, and species-wide perspective on contemporary human behavior.

Work Location(s)

  • United States