Staff

Daniel Kim, MPH, MAR

Senior Program Manager

Daniel Kim received his master’s degrees in public health and religious ethics from Yale University in 2008. In addition to his work at the Program on Medicine and Religion, he is the Managing Editor of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics and a PhD student in religious ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is interested in theoretical questions of justice with regard to global health and the contributions of theology within that conversation.

Click here for his Academia.edu page. 


Hadiyah Muhammad, MPH

Project Coordinator, Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Hadiyah Muhammad earned her Master of Public Health degree from the Health Behavior & Health Education program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her previous work and research experience includes work on the Healthy Outcomes Psychosocial Evaluation Study, the Project for African American Infant Safety and an adaptation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions. Hadiyah joined the Initiative on Islam and Medicine team in June of 2014. 


Milkie Vu, MA

Research Specialist, Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Milkie Vu is a Research Specialist with the Initiative on Islam and Medicine, where she manages empirical research projects on American Muslim patients' health behaviors and healthcare experiences. Besides her involvement with IIM, Milkie also supports public health and clinical research activities of faculty members in the Section of Emergency Medicine. She has a previous background in medical anthropology. Milkie holds a bachelor's degree in History & Anthropology from Duke University and a master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.


Tasmiha Khan, BA

Research Assistant, Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Tasmiha Khan is a Chicagoland native and engaged in many spheres of her community. A graduate of Universal School, she serves on the Alumni Board as Vice President and is also the Founder of Brighter Dawns, a non-profit trying to improve slum conditions in Bangladesh beginning with the water and sanitation crisis. In 2012, she received her BA in Neuroscience & Behavior along with Psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where she serves as a Research Assistant examining devaluation among Muslim Americans after 9/11. As a health enthusiast she enjoys learning about Islamic spirituality and its effect on the mind, body, and soul. It is IIM's mission and vision that drew her to joining our team.


Alia Azmat, BA

Intern, Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Alia Azmat is a graduate of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University where she earned her bachelors of arts in Global Health. Her thesis investigated Muslim-American women’s attitudes towards menstruation, contraception, and gynecology. Currently, Alia is a virtual peer educator with HEART: women and girls project and recently completed applications to doctorate programs in Counseling Psychology. As an interdisciplinary student of anthropology, public health, and psychology, she believes research and culturally-competent health-care interventions will assist in empowering Muslim-American women to make healthy, well-informed decisions about their bodies. She is excited to be a part of the IIM team this Spring.


Laura Ruth Venable

Community Outreach Coordinator

Laura Ruth is a Project Manager for the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. She volunteers out of an interest to further conversations on the ethical and moral stewardship of medicine.