ELIZABETH ANKRAH

About me

Elizabeth Ankrah is a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Informatics. She is advised by Dr. Gillian Hayes and is a member of the STAR Lab.

Her research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Health Informatics, and Information Behavior research. Her work seeks to understand the information behavior of people with chronic illnesses as they journey through life and care. Through the understanding, she designs, develops and evaluates socio-technical interventions that supports the collaborative management of chronic care.

As a First-Gen, Ghanaian-American, graduate student, Elizabeth is passionate about the recruitment and retention of Black/ African-American Students in higher education. Check out her work with TrailBlazer. Feel free to reach out to her with question about grad school.

Elizabeth received a Bachelor’s in Bioengineering from George Mason University. Her concentration was in Healthcare Informatics. During her undergraduate, she participated in the UMN Big Data REU, worked to create an HIV education-based game, and worked with Weinberg Medical Physics as part of her senior design project. 


“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”

― Erin Hanson