M. Elle Saine, PhD, MA is a 5th year MD-PhD candidate in Epidemiology. Her dissertation research employed a patient-centered mixed-methods approach to investigate the role of disease-related stigma as a barrier in access to healthcare among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Her research uses a theory-based approach to explore how stigma informs healthcare policy, barriers in access to healthcare, and health equity. As part of this investigation, Elle studies the intersection of infectious disease epidemics, such as HCV and HIV/AIDS, and the opioid epidemic. She is particularly interested in developing novel mixed-methods approaches within pharmacoepidemiology. Clinically, Elle is interested in Infectious Disease medicine, particularly among patient with substance use.
Elle received her BA in Anthropology: Human Biology Tract from Temple University (2009) and MA in Skeletal Biology from NYU (2012), where she trained in forensic anthropology and human rights work with the New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). She received her PhD in Epidemiology in 2019 from the University of Pennsylvania. Elle currently serves as Student Council Co-Chair for the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE).