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ID-Epi Interdisiplinary Program graduates 20 students in Spring 2013
On May 28, 2012 faculty, staff and students of ID-Epi gathered to honor this year’s graduates who completed the interdisciplinary program. Certificates were awarded to the following graduates:
Azalea graduated with an SM2 in Epidemiology. She will be working with a global healthcare consulting firm that specializes in creating innovative market access strategies for new drugs and medical devices.
Chi graduated with an SM2 in Global Health and Population, having presented her thesis on a comparative analysis of infectious disease outbreak reporting by formal and informal sources. Next month, she will begin work at a Boston-based population health informatics company called Epidemico. Through this opportunity, Chi plans to continue pursuing her interest in novel methods of outbreak detection.
Tara graduated with an SM2 in Global Health and Population. For the past year, she has been working on examining access to care for pediatric MDR-TB cases in Southeast Asia. She will be applying to medical school, and plans to continue work in infectious disease program implementation and management in the future.
Wenjie received his SM1 in Epidemiology. He will work on infectious disease surveillance and modeling at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Karen graduated with an SM in Global Health and Population. She is currently exploring various opportunities to work in the government and hopes to apply the knowledge that she has gained through her Infectious Disease Epidemiology coursework in whatever job she decides to pursue.
Muhammad Farid Bin Abdul Rahman
Muhammad Farid graduated with an SM2 in Epidemiology. He will be returning to Singapore after graduation and hopes to pursue work involving infectious disease surveillance in the future.
Rachel graduated with an ScD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases.
Lindsay graduated with an SM2 in Global Health and Population. She plans to work on the implementation and evaluation of infectious disease control programs in developing countries.
Maxine received her SM2 in Epidemiology. She will be continuing as a doctoral student in Epidemiology at HSPH with the program for molecular and genetic epidemiology.
Guy graduated with an ScD in Social Epidemiology from the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His dissertation dealt with social determinants of sexually transmitted infections both in the United States and South Africa. He will continue to study these issues through postdoctoral studies at HSPH next year.
Regina received her PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health. She plans to perform research on microbial ecology, focused on understanding links between the human microbiome and health.
Alexis graduated from the SM2 program in epi with a concentration in infectious disease. Her thesis focused on estimation of the effect of depression on attrition from care using marginal structural models in a cohort of HIV-infected individuals in rural Rwanda. She will begin as a Research Scientist in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at HMS/BWH in July.
Philips graduated with an SM2 from the Department of Epidemiology. He will be staying on board for the doctoral program in ID-Epi.
Patrick graduated with an SM2 in Epidemiology. He will remain at HSPH to pursue his SD.
Justin graduated with an SD in Epidemiology, having defended his dissertation entitled “The Role of Exposure to Infection in Infectious Disease Epidemiology”. Dr. O’Hagan is currently working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a range of epidemiological and mathematical modeling projects.
Paul V. Petraro
Paul graduated with an SD in Nutrition and successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Burden and Correlates of Anemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes among HIV-negative and HIV-positive Individuals in Tanzania.” Dr Petraro will be working with a small preventive residency program after leaving HSPH.
Kelesitse graduated in December 2012 with an SD in Epidemiology.
Talia graduated with an SM2 in Epidemiology. She will be attending Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health in Fall 2013 to pursue her PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
Chris graduated with an ScD in Epidemiology and successfully defended his dissertation entitled, “Nutrition and HIV: Contributions to Clinical Management and Immunological Response among Adults and Infants”. He will continue extensions of this work as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH.
Julia Wei Wu
Julia graduated with an ScD in Epidemiology and successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Long-term Consequences of the Emergence of HIV-1 Drug Resistance Mutations among Patients on First-line HAART at Two Sentinel Sites in China”. She will work with her thesis adviser Prof. George Seage to continue to expand her research.
The ID Epi Faculty and Staff wish all 20 graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Looking Back on the 2012 Jonathan Freeman Symposium
On December 14, 2012, ID-Epi hosted its 11th annual Jonathan Freeman Symposium on the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, drawing 45 attendees from Harvard and beyond. Now an established tradition in the department, all look forward to the opportunity to learn about much of the research that takes place across departments and institutions on the vast topic of infectious diseases epidemiology.
Dr. Freeman was an esteemed member of the Epidemiology faculty at HSPH from 1990 until he passed away in 2000. He designed and taught courses on the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks and on the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases, and was instrumental in creating the Interdisciplinary Program in Infectious Diseases that has grown and evolved since that time. His legacy is honored each year with this event.
The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the infectious disease discipline were apparent in the widely varied topics of the 8 talks and 8 posters presented by students and postdocs. Members of the Freeman family – also professionals in medicine and public health – are invited to attend each year. This year we were honored by the full attendance of the family!
The symposium’s oral presentations were held in the Francis Xavier Bagnoud Building at HSPH, migrating to the Atrium for the poster session and reception.
ID-Epi Professor Marc Lipsitch on Reuters-Moderated Bird Flu Panel Discussion
HSPH Forum: “Fears of bioterrorism or an accidental release: Have efforts to combat bird flu actually increased the risk to public health?”
February 16, 2012 - A group of experts on infectious disease gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) to debate whether efforts to combat a deadly form of flu have actually increased the risk to public health. Moderator of the talk was Sharon Begley, the senior U.S. health and science correspondent for Reuters. The panelists included HSPH Professors Marc Lipsitch and Barry R. Bloom….