Epi Alumni Stories

Department of Epidemiology alumni have crafted interesting career paths and are applying their wealth of professional and academic experiences in a variety of roles.

Wei: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

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Chongyi Wei is Associate Professor in the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies, Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at Rutgers University, School of Public Health. After graduating from Pitt Public Health in 2009 with the Outstanding Student Award, Wei has subsequently held faculty positions at Pitt Public Health, University of California – San Francisco, before being recruited by Rutgers. Wei attributes hi... 

King: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, King has been volunteering time with the Allegheny County Health Department. She first worked with ACHD Chief Epidemiologist LuAnn Brink (IDM '98, EPI '96) and a small team of Pitt Public Heath faculty to plan a COVID-19 surveillance project. Specifically, they planned a population-based SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence survey of county residents to allow the county and state policy makers and service providers better esti... 

Taylor: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award

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Nominator Catherine Haggerty considers Brandie Taylor to be one of the most outstanding mentees of her nearly 20-year career. Currently, Taylor is an associate professor and the Graduate Program Director at Temple University College of Public Health. She has built an impressive research program supported by more than $4.3 million in funding as principal investigator, including two NIH/NIAID R01s, an NIH/NIAID R21 and a HRSA R40.  

Blaney: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

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Kayleigh Blaney attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2013 with a BS in Biology and History and in 2014 with a Master of Public Health in epidemiology. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health at the University of South Florida. After working with the University of Pittsburgh Long Life Family study, Blaney became an epidemiologist for the Oakland County Health Division (Michigan) in 2016. Her expertise includes surve... 

Crall: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

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Victoria Crall graduated from Duquesne University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. From there she attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health where she completed a master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology in 2013. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in public health, she sought a position in infection prevention at UPMC. In January of 2016, she began a career as an Infection... 

Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

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Natalie Suder Egnot is a Supervising Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk in the Pittsburgh, PA office. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and obtained both a Master’s of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology from Pitt Public Health.   

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Epi Alumni Awards and Profiles

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Wei: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research 

Wei: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Chongyi Wei is Associate Professor in the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies, Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at Rutgers University, School of Public Health. After graduating from Pitt Public Health in 2009 with the Outstanding Student Award, Wei has sub... (11/17/2020)
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King: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service 

King: 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

During the COVID-19 pandemic, King has been volunteering time with the Allegheny County Health Department. She first worked with ACHD Chief Epidemiologist LuAnn Brink (IDM '98, EPI '96) and a small team of Pitt Public Heath faculty to plan a COVID-19 surveillance project. Specifically, they planned... (11/17/2020)
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Taylor: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award 

Taylor: 2020 Early Career Excellence Award

Nominator Catherine Haggerty considers Brandie Taylor to be one of the most outstanding mentees of her nearly 20-year career. Currently, Taylor is an associate professor and the Graduate Program Director at Temple University College of Public Health. She has built an impressive research program sup... (11/17/2020)
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Blaney: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate  

Blaney: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Kayleigh Blaney attended the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2013 with a BS in Biology and History and in 2014 with a Master of Public Health in epidemiology. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health at the University of South Florida. After working with the University of Pitt... (11/17/2020)
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Crall: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Crall: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Victoria Crall graduated from Duquesne University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. From there she attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health where she completed a master's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology in 2013. Knowing she wan... (11/17/2020)
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Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Natalie Suder Egnot is a Supervising Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk in the Pittsburgh, PA office. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and obtained both a Master’s of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and a Doctor of Public Health ... (11/17/2020)
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Malek: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Malek: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Angela Malek is a research assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology in 2006 and 2011, respectively, from Pitt Public Health. Malek is principal investigator of a K01 career ... (11/17/2020)
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Sundermann: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Sundermann: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Alexander Sundermann is a clinical research coordinator and a DrPH student in epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. As a doctoral student and clinical research coordinator, Sundermann works in the Microbial Genomic Epidemiology Laboratory (MiGEL). He and the MiGEL team are working with experts at the... (11/17/2020)
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