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Aishani Aatresh

Undergraduate Researcher
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Aishani is a junior at Harvard College and is in the Grad and Lipsitch Labs, interested broadly on questions of preparedness in infectious diseases. She is currently working on modeling within-host kinetics of SARS-CoV-2, CRISPR-Cas13-based diagnostic testing for antibiotic susceptibility in Neisseria gonorrhoea, and understanding the role of viral discovery in zoonotic hosts in outbreak preparedness and response. She previously focused on seroprevalence studies and rapid antigen testing in the…

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Ruchita Balasubramanian

PhD Student
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Ruchita is a PhD student in Population Health Sciences concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology, advised by Dr. Bill Hanage. She graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a degree in Molecular Biology and minors in Engineering Biology and Global Health and Health Policy, and additionally received an MPhil in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2021. Prior to coming to Harvard, she was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research…

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Katherine Budeski

PhD Student
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Katherine Budeski is a Population Health Sciences PhD student concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology advised by Dr. Marc Lipsitch. Before coming to Harvard University, Budeski received a Master of Science in Modeling for Global Health from the University of Oxford and a Master of Management Science in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. Previously, Budeski worked in Washington, DC for several years addressing the risks posed by…

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Léa Cavalli

PhD Student
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Léa is a 3rd year PhD student in Population Health Sciences focusing on Infectious Disease Epidemiology, advised by Dr. William Hanage. Prior to coming to CCDD, she graduated from an integrated Masters in Genetics at University College London (UCL), where she studied a mix of Genetics, Evolution and Computational Biology. She is interested in using genomic tools to study the evolution and transmission of pathogens within and across Human populations.

Leonardo Clemente

PhD Student

Physics major and Computer Science Graduate with a rigorous physics and mathematical preparation. Easygoing professional with international labour and academic research experience. Previous work involves statistical analysis and developing ML methodologies to predict epidemic events from Dengue, Flu and Covid-19. Really focused in the transformation of a research idea into real-life impactful algorithms, services and products.

Indra Gonzalez Ojeda

PhD Student
Biophysics

I did my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, where I fell in love with applying quantitative frameworks to biological systems. This led me to start a PhD in Biophysics here at Harvard, with a special interest in microbial evolution and genomics. Outside of science, my hobbies include going outside to enjoy the warmth (when it exists) and complaining about the cold (when the warmth…

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Katherine Jia

PhD Student
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Katherine is a PhD student in Population Health Sciences concentrating in infectious disease epidemiology. Her research interests are in transmission dynamics and its human and pathogen determinants, and their interactions. Prior to coming to CCDD, she was trained in epidemiology in Hong Kong and in the United Kingdom, and worked as a research assistant in Imperial College London on model-based HIV incidence estimation.

Yuli Lily Hsieh

PhD Student
Health Policy (Decision Science)

Lily Hsieh is a PhD student in Health Policy, studying Health Decision Sciences. Her research focuses on using causal inference methods, disease simulation modelling, and cost-effectiveness analysis to evaluate disease screening programs. Lily holds a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia and she received her MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health.

Sun Kim

PhD Student
Population Health Sciences - Global Health and Population

Her research interest lies in mathematical modeling and spatial analysis of infectious diseases including tuberculosis and COVID-19 to generate evidence and influence decision-making on health policy. Her recent work focuses on pandemic preparedness and health system strengthening. Sun received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea and her SM in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Madeleine Kline

MD/PhD Student
Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Department of Epidemiology

Maddy is a Population Health Sciences PhD student in Infectious Disease Epidemiology advised by Dr. Yonatan Grad. She is also a student in the Harvard Medical Schol MD-PhD program and completed her first two years of medical school at HMS/BWH. Maddy studied chemistry and biology with a minor in Spanish at MIT and graduated in 2020. She is interested in the genomics and evolution of infectious diseases, especially in the…