London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine alumnus Molly Martell graduated in 2005 with an MSc in Health Policy, Planning & Finance. Since graduating Molly has worked exclusively in molecular diagnostics for complex diseases, including HIV/AIDS and cancer. She talked to the Alumni Office about what motivated her to study at the School and how her studies have benefitted her career.
- Why did you decide to study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine? I wanted a program with a global reach, which offered coursework in healthcare financing and outcomes.
- What challenges did you face during your studies? Health Policy, Planning & Finance students spend time at two very different institutions. You’ll need to find your own path if you want to get the most from both schools.
- How has your degree helped you in your career? Information on the diversity of healthcare systems within the EU was especially useful. The information I learned definitely helped in my plans for the access to a new diagnostic in several countries.
- Did you form useful relationships? While I was at the School I had a part time research position at an AIDS Research Group in a large hospital in Southwest London. Contacts from both the School and work continue to be a very useful resource.
- What has been your proudest moment in your career? Creating a sustainable, confidential and fiscally transparent HIV/AIDS treatment programme for staff of a large NGO.
- What do you hope to go on to achieve in your field? In the last decade there has been a huge shift in the speed, quality and availability of diagnostics on both ends of the scale. In some countries next generation sequencing is becoming more routine in clinical practice, bringing a vast amount of data to patient care. While diagnostics which can be used in field and limited resource settings have improved, gaps remain. I want to find a way to bring the data and value of molecular testing to where patients are being treated.