Meritxell Mallafré Larrosa

Public Health Physician, Barcelona

United States, 2020

Meritxell is recently graduated medical doctor by the University of Barcelona in pursuance of a career at the intersection of medical oncology and global health governance.

Driven by the purpose to contribute to human wellbeing, she has been engaged in a variety of projects at local, national and international level led by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Meritxell defended her master thesis on the topic of breast cancer and brain metastasis, for which she received a scholarship from the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).

She currently serves as a Research Associate for the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) working on cancer prevention-related projects from a broad European perspective, besides representing the NGO as a Youth Ambassador at a national level. Furthermore, she recently joined the Catalan public health ministry within the epidemiological surveillance department (SGVRESP) working on the COVID-19 contact tracing.

Meritxell holds a particular interest in translational research as well as projects tackling cancer from a public health perspective, especially the World Health Organization’s call towards cervical cancer elimination, as it bridges together oncology with global health and a fundamental underlaying gender and health inequality perspective. 


Application period

United States, 2020

Host university or research centre

Columbia University, New York, NY

Studies pursued with the fellowship

Master of Public Health

Type of studies

Master degree or equivalent

Speciality of studies pursued with the fellowship

Public health

Home university

Universitat de Barcelona

Home speciality

General and internal medicine