Harvard FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH


Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, is director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights in the department of Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice, both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Bassett’s…

Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD

Executive Director

Natalia joined the Harvard FXB Center from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a wealth of global health and development experience having worked in the UN system since 2007. Most recently, she led UNDP’s work on addressing complex challenges at the nexus of health and environment, looking especially at the vulnerability of poor and marginalized communities to climate change. Natalia developed the strategy for UNDP’s engagement in this new…

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc

Director of Research

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC, is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is director of research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from…

Hector Lucero, BA, BSc

Associate Director of Finance and Administration

Hector Lucero is FXB’s Associate Director of Finance and Administration. Working closely with faculty, staff, and Center leadership, he provides oversight and leadership in the financial and administrative management of the Center’s diverse activities. Hector received bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Boston University in 2003 and has been with Harvard University since 2008.

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Veronica Lewin, BA

Director of Communications

Veronica Lewin serves as the Harvard FXB Center’s Director of Communications, where she is responsible for implementing strategic internal and external communications plans and coordinating special events. Veronica has a wealth of experience in public health communications. Prior to joining the FXB Center, Veronica held increasingly responsible communications roles in New York City government, including six years at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While in…

Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH

Senior Fellow

Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, is a senior fellow at the Harvard FXB Center and Professor of the Practice at Harvard School of Public Health. As associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She served as the director of the Harvard FXB Center from January 1, 2010 until September 1, 2018. Prior to her…

Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH


Dr. Satchit Balsari is an assistant professor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Since 2009, he has been affiliated with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, where his research has contributed to advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. His interdisciplinary interests in mobile technology, disaster response, and population health have been informed…

Abhishek Bhatia, MS

Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar

Abhishek Bhatia is a Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard. His primary focus is the use of information technology to improve healthcare delivery in low-resource settings.  He works on Professor Leaning’s Burden of War team at the FXB Center, analyzing (big) clinical data to study the public health impact of the war in Syria,…

Vasileia Digidiki, MA, PhD

Health and Human Rights Fellow

Vasileia Digidiki is a social and forensic psychologist and a Health and Human Rights Fellow at the FXB Center. She earned her PhD in social psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds two master’s degrees, one in forensic psychology and one in social psychology. Digidiki joined the FXB Center in 2014, where she completed her post-doc on child protection challenges in humanitarian crises. She leads the Center’s research…

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Margareta (Magda) Matache, PhD


Dr. Margareta (Magda) Matache is a scholar from Romania, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ Roma Program, and a Harvard instructor. Her research and teaching focus on the history and manifestations of anti-Roma racism, as well as the global history of race and racism. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Matache was the Executive Director of Romani CRISS, a human rights organization that defends the rights of Roma. In 2012, she was…

Rebecca Shin, MPA, MEd

Strategy Officer

Rebecca Shin is the Strategy Officer at Harvard FXB where she contributes to program development and operations.  After completing her MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School, Shin joined the Harvard FXB Center to directly pursue her passion for the human rights space.  Her areas of focus include child protection programs as well as key strategic initiatives with the Executive Director.  Prior to attending HKS, she worked for over 20 years…

Sam Peisch, BA

Project Manager

Sam Peisch is a Project Manager at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University who supports the Center’s leadership in a research, administrative, and financial support capacity. Sam is currently completing his MPH degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concentrating in Public Health Leadership (PHL). He also is the President of Zamfund, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting women’s education in…

Matlin Gilman, MPH, MDiv


Matlin Gilman is a researcher at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Matlin is working with Dr. Mary T. Bassett on research projects related to racism and health. The projects cover topics such as criminal justice reform, the racial wealth gap, reparations, and the racialized impact of Covid-19. Matlin began his public health career at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). As a research assistant,…

Murphy Barney


Murphy Barney is a Masters in Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Global Health and Population. Her previous work was centered around anti-human trafficking, community wellness, diversity, and inclusion. She currently works at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.