Marguerite Thorp, MD, MPA/ID

Marguerite Thorp

Dr. Marguerite Thorp is a postdoctoral researcher studying mobility and access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. She completed medical school and a master’s degree in international development (MPA/ID) at Harvard University and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UCLA. She has been working in Malawi since 2009, first as a volunteer and intern, later as a medical student and resident, and now as a researcher with UCLA and Partners in Hope, a PEPFAR implementing partner supporting over 120 health facilities across the country.

Dr. Thorp is mentored by Dr. Kate Dovel, Dr. Risa Hoffman, and Dr. Tom Coates. She is currently studying the effect of temporary mobility on HIV care outcomes. Mobility in Malawi, especially labor mobility, is often necessary for survival, but Dr. Thorp’s research describes how unpredictable travel conflicts with access to HIV treatment. In future projects, Dr. Thorp hopes to test interventions that would improve access to care for mobile people.