Alumni of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology are making an impact in all areas of public health. Here are profiles of a few of our notable alumni.
Shauna Clark (PhD ’08) is director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Academy at the Office of Intramural Training and Education. She currently aids NIH fellows in career development and exploration and is director of the NIH Academy, a health disparities program for NIH post-baccalaureates. After she received a BS in biochemistry from Texas A&M University, Clark pursued a PhD in infectious diseases and microbiology with an emphasis in HIV drug resistance at Pitt Public Health. She went on to work for several years as a postdoctoral fellow studying innate immunity and the role of epigenetics in hepatitis C infection in the Liver Diseases Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the NIH. Her specialties include program evaluation and management, health disparities, virology, molecular biology, innate immunity, and epigenetics.
Michael Davies (PhD ’10) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Penn State University College of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center in Elizabethtown, Pa. He’s working on the vaccinia virus to see what happens at the site of infection in the mouse as well as which cells of the innate immune response depend on which factors to get there. His lab is trying to better describe the subsets of myeloid cells that may have a role in suppressing the immune response.
Emerson Evans (MPH ’12) is an evaluation coordinator with the Philadelphia Integrative Behavioral Health Initiative (PIBHI) at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health AIDS Activities Coordinating Office. He serves as a targeted capacity expansion evaluation coordinator for PIBHI, which integrates substance abuse treatment and mental and behavioral health into HIV care and treatment in Philadelphia’s largest HIV clinics. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) is funding the initiative, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO) is overseeing it. The grant is a collaborative effort between AACO and HIV clinics run by Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as ambulatory, federally qualified health centers that offer HIV care and treatment. Evans coordinates the collection of data at these sites, disseminates findings, and reports to SAMSHA.
Krisztina Janosko (MS ’08) is a master technician at the Battelle Memorial Institute, which supports the Integrated Research Facility (IRF) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In this role, she functions as the clinical laboratory group leader for immunology and flow cytometry at the IRF. She assisted in the development and execution of various immunophenotyping panels for use in in-vitro and in-vivo studies, as well as in the implementation and production of a viral repository. She also aids in providing core clinical and research services to the entire IRF.
Jessica Radzio (PhD ’10) is an associate service fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. She works in the lab branch of the Office of Infectious Diseases of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention in the Division of AIDS Prevention and conducts research on oral pre-exposure prophylaxis using Truvada and macaques in conjunction with research microbiologist Gerardo Garcia-Lerma.