08/26/2016 - 12:15pm
Justin Ingels, UGA “Should women be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm?” Justin Ingels is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and 2008 MPH graduate at the University of Georgia. He currently serves as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management and as the Research Director for the Economic Evaluation Research Group (EERG) at UGA. His research with the EERG has centered on applying economic evaluation methods to a variety of preventive interventions and public health programs. Currently he is leading the cost collection and analysis efforts for a national evaluation of home visiting programs.
09/02/2016 - 12:15pm
Leonardo Martinez, UGA "Screening household contacts for tuberculosis in high-burden settings: Effective and efficacious but can it be efficient?" Leonardo Martinez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health at University of Georgia. He received a BA from the University of Arizona, after which he completed an MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2012. During his MPH, he conducted research on various infectious diseases in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. He has focused specifically on tuberculosis disease in low-income, high-burden settings such as Peru, South Africa, southeastern China, and Uganda. His dissertation is on interventions to find undetected, difficult to diagnose tuberculosis cases in urban Uganda.
09/09/2016 - 12:15pm
Amelia Kasper, CDC “Mass Poisoning Associated with a Homebrewed Alcoholic Beverage” Amelia Kasper is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and is currently a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Service. She received a M.H.S. degree in Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and an M.D. from Saint Louis University. Following her residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health/Oswaldo Cruz Foundation based in Salvador, Brazil, and serviced as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC. Her research interests include socio-environmental determinates of health and the effects of environmental changes on infectious and chronic diseases.
09/16/2016 - 12:15pm
Christian Marchello, UGA "Prevalence of Group C streptococcus and Fusobacterium necrophorum in Patients with Sore Throat: A Meta-Analysis" & "The Prevalence of Atypical Pathogens in Patients with Cough and Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-Analysis" Christian Marchello is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Georgia. He received a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and worked as a medical technologist for 5 years at Duke University. He then went to Georgetown University to complete his MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases. His research interests include sexually transmitted diseases and vaccine preventable infections. His dissertation will potentially focus on the prevalence, clinical presentation, and natural history of Bordetella pertussis in young adults.
09/23/2016 - 12:15pm
Alexis Peterson, CDC “Evaluation of the Colorado Electronic Accident Reporting System to monitor non-fatal motor vehicle crashes involving marijuana impaired driving, 2014” Alexis Peterson, Ph.D. is a native New Yorker that received her Bachelors of Arts (Psychology, 2009) from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. Leaving the big city behind Alexis relocated to Virginia where she received her Ph.D. (Neuroscience, 2013) from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. During her tenure as a graduate student, Alexis sought to better understand the underlying neurobiology of cocaine addiction, in both human and animal models, and the utility of exercise as an intervention. Her work resulted in several first author publications, honorable mention from National Academy of Science-Ford Foundation, and two successful pre-doctoral training awards (College on Problems of Drug Dependence). Following completion of her PhD degree, Alexis transitioned form behavioral science to molecular based cardiovascular research during her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. Currently as a 2nd year Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Peterson currently works on the epidemiology of unintentional injury spanning road traffic injury to prescription drug overdoses.