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.
Leah M. Lamonte (MS ’06) has served since 2006 as a vector control specialist with the Allegheny County Health Department, one of only two employees in the Vector Control Program and responsible for all surveillance, control, education, and prevention of vector-borne disease in the county. Her primary work involves conducting mosquito-borne disease surveillance to determine the activity of arboviruses like West Nile Virus as well as tracking the spread of invasive mosquito species (e.g., Asian Tiger mosquito) that have the potential to introduce new viruses like Zika. She engages with the public through educational efforts such as community and academic presentations, science and health fairs, and interviews with local media outlets. She also helps to train county municipal workers seeking a pesticide applicator’s license and enforces public health laws relative to preventing mosquito-breeding habitats.
Leah mentors and trains future public health graduates through her participation in the Pitt Public Health Alumni Mentor Program and Pittsburgh Summer Institute, which the school facilitates. She actively participates on the board and currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Vector Control Association, an organization providing educational enrichment and professional networking to all Commonwealth health personnel engaged in vector control activities.