Mathias Lalika holds an MD from the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Havana, Cuba, and an MPH in Global Health from the University of Washington. He worked as a Research Assistant during his medical training, conducting original research on cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and cervical cancer. He has also conducted community-based participatory research with an emphasis on digital and mHealth behavioral interventions to promote cardiovascular health and health equity. His research interests include chronic diseases and addressing health disparities.
When reflecting on his experience with START, Mathias stated, “At START, I have grown as a person, a public health professional, and a leader. I attribute much of that growth to working with incredible RAs, faculty leads, and clients with varied working and leadership styles—bringing not only global health but also business and policy aspects of public health. Also, wearing multiple hats as a Research Assistant, a Project Manager, and a Student Representative allowed me to learn more about my strengths, areas of improvement, core values, and above all, how to leverage them to influence change. If you thrive in a multifaceted and fast-paced environment, consider making START your next home!”
Mathias currently works as a Cardiovascular Health Innovations in Equity Fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic.