Micaella Jorge, Program Manager, manages BVGH’s African Access Initiative (AAI) partners in Nigeria and facilitates infectious disease programs. Prior to joining BVGH, Micaella conducted global health research at Vanderbilt University, where she analyzed, developed, and optimized point-of-care diagnostic tools for the detection of malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial infections. She also worked as a freelance medical writer, covering a variety of health and scientific topics written to educate a general audience. A chemist by training, Micaella obtained her bachelor’s degree, Chemistry, from the University of San Diego. There, her interest in global health was piqued after traveling to Uganda during her senior year to learn about water quality research. Before earning her PhD, Chemistry, from Vanderbilt University, Micaella was awarded a Global Health Equity Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship through the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Micaella is originally from Nevada, but now calls Tennessee home, where she enjoys playing card games, cuddling with her cat, Ruby, and exploring new places, both local to Nashville and abroad.