Our Team​

Merck Team

Hajar Shirley, ABD

Research Director

Hajar Shirley is an experienced health care technology leader, researcher, and educator with a demonstrated track record of delivering strategic efforts in both health care and higher education industries.  As the former Global Head of LifeScan Commercial Technology at Johnson & Johnson, Hajar Shirley led global efforts centered around strengthening Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies’ (Lifescan, Animas, and Calibra) global reach via delivery of patient-centered initiatives, new digital business development, and expansion of the OneTouch megabrand to new and emerging markets.   In addition, Hajar held a variety of leadership roles across Information Technology spanning across Commercial, Supply Chain, Research & Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Information Security during her tenure at Johnson and Johnson.

Kaitlyn Camperlino

Assistant Project Manager / VEEC Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn Camperlino serves as Assistant Project Management for the array of projects iHIT is involved with. With her Master of Arts and background with criminal justice and sociology, she utilizes research and social justice as key components in health equity and digital equity projects. Kaitlyn has collaborated on several research projects that range from restorative justice on domestic violence to sustainable development goal applications to law and justice issues. Her primary goals are to increase accessible education on societal subject matters for a more inclusive world.

Rachel Sun

Research Designer

Rachel Sun is the research designer of the Community Research and Engagement Team. She is a Pharm.D. Candidate of Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and part of the Honors College. Driven by grit and innovation, she strives to help people make informed immunization decisions and deliver personalized, people-centered care to the community. In her free time, Rachel enjoys golf and creating YouTube videos.

Scott Rubin

Associate Analyst

Scott Rubin is an Associate Analyst at iHIT. Scott is currently an undergraduate sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science at the Rutgers Business School. He is from Highland Park, NJ, and is currently President of the Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy (I.D.E.A.) at Rutgers New Brunswick and Vice President of the Rutgers Football Chop Crew. He is also currently CEO of BabySafe Health, a startup company focusing on decreasing racial health disparities within infant mortality by utilizing modern technology. Scott is a team leader and utilizes agile design thinking skills in solving complex problems. He is well versed in data analytics and software development among other programs.

Sanjana Sure

Associate Analyst

Sanjana Sure is an Associate Analyst at iHIT. She is currently a sophomore at the Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick double majoring in Finance & Business Analytics and Information Technology with a concentration in Real Estate. She is a very involved member in the Rutgers community as she participates in different mentorship programs, on the Community Committee for Rutgers Women in Business, and the I.D.E.A program. She is currently the CEO of BabySafe Health, a startup company focused on decreasing the risks faced around infant mortality. Sanjana has a lot of experience in different leadership roles, and has developed her interpersonal and communication skills through participating in different extracurricular programs and clubs.

Dominique Rafael

UX/UI Designer

Dominique is a UX/UI Designer at iHIT. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in Information Science. Outside of iHIT, Dominique volunteers at a nonprofit organization, the 1882 Foundation, to increase Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in mainstream media. In light of the global pandemic, Dominique recognizes the importance of public health and how it affects each community.

Srujanesh Gunda

Experienced leader and instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the consulting, research & health care industry. Skilled in Public Speaking, Research, Management, and Leadership. Strong education and pharmaceutical professional with a Economics and Biochemistry degree track from Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Tess Olson


Tess is a researcher at iHIT and is a currently a MPH student at the Rutgers School of Public Health where they are concentrating in LGBTQ Health with the goal of increasing access to healthcare for marginalized populations, specifically the LGBTQ+ community. Originally from the Bay Area in California, Tess is excited to begin building community across New Jersey and serving local communities. During their free time, Tess enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, exploring new places, and connecting with community members and friends.

Chelsea Comas

Community Engagement Researcher

Chelsea Comas is a Community Engagement Researcher at iHIT. She is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in political science at Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences. She is a very involved member of the Omega Phi Alpha sorority, the Black Student Union, as well as the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) at Rutgers New Brunswick. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and creating new experiences with her friends and community.

Vaccination Equity Education Coalition Team

Iram Contractor

Rutgers Fellow