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Jesse Berns


Research interests

Jesse Berns is a researcher in the CBR working on the GCRF Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA) project and also a doctoral student in the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. Her PhD research is interdisciplinary.

As well as with core supervisors, she will work with faculty in the Institute of Public Health, the Sociology Department, the Bennett Institute of Public Policy and the Turing Institute.

The CEO of Microsoft recently stated that "our planet is currently 35 years into an 80-year conversion from analog to digital". This effects all of us, in every field.  Now is the time directly to address this massive societal transformation and understand, explore and utilise data and technology in medicine, healthcare delivery and beyond. As a first year PhD student, she plans to research this transformation; in healthcare and beyond.

Personal background

Jesse‚Äôs background, most recently, is as a founder and chief executive of a technology company. In her prior, healthcare-focused career, she served as a critical care paramedic, field epidemiologist, and programme lead for organisations such as Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization.  

Since 2006, Jesse has served either as a clinician or public health professional in many international conflicts, disasters and infectious disease outbreaks. It is in these settings where she designed and built health surveillance systems to monitor refugee and host community health and wellbeing. Her PhD will focus on the intersection of social interaction, data-specific technologies, public health and public policy. Understanding how data systems work is now more critical than ever in all professions. Doctors and healthcare providers, at all levels, are behind professionals in other fields in terms of data and data-related technology utilisation and medicine can learn much from other disciplines. Healthcare technology and personalised medicine initiatives, as they pertain to data ownership and knowledge, will be an important focus in her research. 

Contact details

Jesse Berns
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG