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Our Graduates Have Great Success Stories

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.

Lauren Lepone Brodd (PhD ’12)
After graduation, Lauren worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology at the National Cancer Institute. During her three years at the NIH, her research focused on evaluating immune cell subsets in the peripheral blood of cancer patients who were treated with therapeutic vaccines or immunotherapy drugs in Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. Currently, Lauren is a science policy analyst for The American Association of Immunologists, which is the nation's largest professional association of research scientists and physicians working to advance the field of immunology. In this position, she analyzes issues that affect immunological and biomedical research, assist in developing policy statements and testimony, and writes articles for AAI publications.

Emilee Knowlton (PhD ’12)
After completing her PhD and a 9 month post doc in Dr. Charles Rinaldo’s laboratory, Emilee joined ProImmune, a contract resource organization based in Oxford, UK. Emilee is a Pittsburgh- based Immunology Sales Specialist servicing the southeast, Midwest and western territories. She works with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as academic institutes, to provide novel solutions to understanding pre-clinical adaptive immune responses. Emilee frequently speaks at conferences presenting tools for immunogenicity assessment and antigen characterization, as well as epitope discovery and immune monitoring. She also frequently provides webinars and webcasts describing the tools and technologies that ProImmune provides. To hear Emilee describe the ProMap Naïve T cell proliferation assay by clicking here.   Emilee lives with her husband, Theo, and their three dogs in Pittsburgh.

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.
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