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Zach Phil Schwartz

Research Project Coordinator
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Zach joined the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics in June 2022 and serves as Research Project Coordinator for the program. He previously worked in the Department of Epidemiology’s Program in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics from 2019 to 2021. Zach holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brandeis University as well as an M.A./M.Sc. dual degree from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, where he had been pursuing…

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Manyee To

Senior Grants Manager
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Manyee joined the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics in March 2015 and is responsible for managing the MIDAS award, a Center Grant and portfolio of other sponsored, non-sponsored research funds and unrestricted accounts for all Faculty, Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellows of the Center. Prior to joining the Center, Manyee was the Senior Grants Manager at the Department of Epidemiology, providing financial and grants administration management to the Faculty in the…

Nadia Abuelezam

Assistant Professor, Boston College Connell School of Nursing
CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2016

(Former Bio) Nadia’s current research focuses on the use of mathematical models to better understand the impact of treatment and prevention strategies on HIV incidence and prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goals of her program of research are to use quantitative methods and novel data streams to better understand the inequalities in health care distribution and access in domestic and international settings. Click here for more information on Nadia Abuelezam.

Emma Accorsi

PhD in Population Health Sciences, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

(Former Bio) At the CCDD, Emma Accorsi completed a PhD in Population Health Sciences with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology. While completing her B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Emory University, she conducted research on mosquito-borne disease at the CDC. After graduation, she worked at the electronic medical records company Epic Systems for two years and then conducted satellite remote sensing research with NASA. Her interests include antibiotic resistance, environmental…

Bree Aldridge

Professor, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering
CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011-2012

(Former Bio) Bree Aldridge specializes in combining live-cell microscopy and mathematical modeling to create intuitive descriptions of complex cell biology. Bree is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. The Aldridge lab seeks to bring a quantitative framework to understand tuberculosis infection and drug response at single-cell resolution. Please click here for more information about Bree Aldridge.

Cheryl Andam

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany SUNY
CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2016

(Former Bio) My research focuses on the evolutionary processes and ecological factors that drive the diversification and adaptation of microorganisms in various ecosystems, transcending different time scales ranging from disease outbreaks to the origins of life. Using an inter-disciplinary approach combining next-generation sequencing (genomics), population genetics, phylogenetics and lab-based assays, I aim to identify the underlying mechanisms that govern population-level structure and dynamics of microbes in response to environmental perturbations…

Brian Arnold

Senior Biomedical Data Scientist, Princeton University
Kirschstein-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at CCDD

(Former Bio) Brian is an evolutionary biologist. He received his PhD from Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology where he studied plant genetics. Brian was a Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellow working with Marc Lipsitch and Bill Hanage at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As a postdoc, he studied bacterial evolution with a particular focus on modeling the evolution of multi-locus traits, such as antibiotic…

Taj Azarian

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida
CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow. 2015-2018

(Former Bio) Taj Azarian, MPH, PhD, was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, working with Drs. Bill Hanage and Marc Lipsitch. His overarching research focused on understand the epidemiology of bacterial pathogens through the application of whole-genome sequencing, phylogenetics, population genetics, with specific interest in the growing issue of antibiotic-resistance.  While at CCDD Dr. Azarian’s also studied the…

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Sally (Alice) Bedugnis

Lab Manager, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

(Former Bio) Sally was on the bench side of the Mina Lab working to get the laboratory up and running, purchasing instruments and consumables and getting a sample management receipt/tracking system online. She prepped and analyzed samples via the VirScan protocol providing data to the dry side of the Mina Lab. She oversaw regulatory items in the lab including health and safety and provided training and guidance to new lab…

Cayley Bowles

Resident, Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgical Program, Stanford University
CCDD Student-MS, 2012-2014

(Former Bio) Cayley graduated from HSPH with an MS in Epidemiology and is now completing her MD at UCLA. In fall 2018 she will begin her surgery residency. She works in a lab that focuses on mathematical modeling of the cardiovascular system. Please click here for more information about Cayley Bowles.