Nadia Abuelezam

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

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

Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

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 drivers of…

Bree Aldridge

CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011-2012
Current Title: Associate Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University

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

CCDD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2016
Current Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Albany SUNY

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 and selective…

Brian Arnold

Kirschstein-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at CCDD
Current Title: Biomedical Data Scientist, Princeton University

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 resistance, metabolic…

Taj Azarian

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

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 changes in…

Cayley Bowles

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

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.

Karel Břinda

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2017-2019
Current Title: Research Associate in Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

Karel Břinda was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health working with Bill Hanage in the Department of Epidemiology and Michael Baym at Harvard Medical School. His research, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on methods for rapid antibiotic resistance detection from point-of-care sequencing data obtained by mobile sequencing technologies. Prior to coming to Harvard, Karel received his Ph.D. in Computer…

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Sally (Alice) Bedugnis

Lab Manager
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

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 members. Sally…

Francisco Cai

CCDD Master's Student, Research Assistant
Current Title: Medical Student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Francisco grew up in Queens, New York, studied computer science at Stanford University, then got involved with infectious disease modeling research at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is currently studying medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. His favorite sports are basketball and ultimate; favorite board game is The Resistance.