IDM Alumni Stories

2022 GRAD Class

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.

Allegheny County Health Department prizes alliance with Pitt Public Health alumni

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You don’t have to look far to find a School of Public Health (SPH) graduate among the people working within the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to ensure the well-being of western Pennsylvanians. "The school really is a feeder institution," says LuAnn Brink (EPI '99), PhD, a 12-year ACHD veteran and chief epidemiologist since 2014. Brink supervises the county's Bureau of Data Reporting and Disease Control and oversees surveillance... 

Clark: 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Shauna Clark (IDM '08) awarded 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination in recognition of significant contributions to teaching and dissemination, either in the classroom or in the field.   

Bhatti: 2021 Early Career Excellence Award

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Alexandra Bhatti (IDM '11) awarded 2021 Early Career Excellence Award in recognition of significant achievements early in an alumnus or alumna's career.   

Sundermann discusses collaborative paper on artificial intelligence and disease prediction

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KDKA RADIO – Alex Sundermann (IDM ‘14, EPI ‘22) explains that one in thirty patients gets at least one health care-associated infection – one acquired while in the hospital. “Typical tests see what type of organism it is but that test doesn’t tell you, was it transmitted from a patient or from somewhere in the environment? [Genome surveillance is] like fingerprinting for that test – who has that same organism and who is transmitting to who when ... 

Using Technology to Provide Clinician Education and Improve HIV Care: The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center

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The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, headquartered at Pitt Public Health, was highlighted in the HRSA, Ryan White Biennial Report published in late September 2021. The article highlights the work of IDM's Linda Frank and her staff, Susan Winters and Ingrid Godfrey in the utilization of the Learner Education and Practice Portal (LEAPP) to reach health professionals in Region 3 of the USPHS for education, technical assistance and co... 

Cen named to Pitt's Board of Trustees

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PITTWIRE - Among the latest to be added to Pitt's Board of Trustees is alumna Hui (Debra) Cen (IDM '91). Cen is a biologist, biotech entrepreneur, Rotarian and social entrepreneur who did biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California, San Francisco and Chiron. Her latest initiative is a program to match successful Chinese immigrant volunteers and mentors with educational and financial literacy programs se... 

Sundermann named APIC Fellow

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Alexander Sundermann (IDM '14, EPI '22), was named a 2021 fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The status is "a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field." Fellows are selected by their years of experience and contributions to the field of infection prevention. Congratulations!   

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Alumni Awards and Profiles

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Clark: 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 

Clark: 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Shauna Clark (IDM '08) awarded 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination in recognition of significant contributions to teaching and dissemination, either in the classroom or in the field.  (11/30/2021)
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Bhatti: 2021 Early Career Excellence Award 

Bhatti: 2021 Early Career Excellence Award

Alexandra Bhatti (IDM '11) awarded 2021 Early Career Excellence Award in recognition of significant achievements early in an alumnus or alumna's career.  (11/30/2021)
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Pitt Public Health team wins third place at Morningside International Global Health Case Competition 

Pitt Public Health team wins third place at Morningside International Global Health Case Competition

In collaboration with the Center for Global Health, Pitt held its first-ever Global Health Case Competition last fall. Pitt supported the winning team from that competition to enter Emory University's Morningside International Global Health Case Competition. Emily Crisan (BCHS '24) joined five unde... (04/04/2021)
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Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Egnot: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

"I utilize all aspects of my Pitt Public Health training in my current position. As a consultant, I often work on multidisciplinary teams to solve clients’ unique problems related to human health risk management. I am grateful for the diversity of coursework, training, and other applied opportuniti... (11/17/2020)
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Resciniti: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate 

Resciniti: 2020 Delta Omega Initiate

Nicholas V. Resciniti received his MPH with a concentration in infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice from Pitt Public Health in 2016. Currently, he is pursing his PhD in epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, with his dissertation focusing on microbiome di... (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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Dutta awarded scholarship from U.S. State Department 

Dutta awarded scholarship from U.S. State Department

Congratulations to Justin A. Dutta (IDM '19, HUGEN '23) who was recently awarded a Critical Languages Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Portuguese. With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, the Critical Language Scholarship is one of the country's most competitive scholarships ... (06/01/2020)
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Sundermann chosen among Pittsburgh Business Times' 30 under 30 

Sundermann chosen among Pittsburgh Business Times' 30 under 30

Alexander Sundermann (IDM '14, EPI '22) was named to the 2020 Pittsburgh Business Times 30 under 30 list which honors young professionals in the Pittsburgh region who are making a difference in their careers. Alex works with PItt's Microbial Genomics Epidemiology Laboratory, currently making that d... (05/18/2020)
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IDM Alumni Videos

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Smith talks in-depth immunotherapy for lung cancer 

Smith talks in-depth immunotherapy for lung cancer

HOPE WITH ANSWERS - Discover in-depth information about immunotherapy for lung cancer through this conversation between Kellie Smith (IDM '13) of Johns Hopkins and patient advocate Lysa Buonanno, part of a video series providing the next level of information for patients to understand treatment opt... (08/12/2019)
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Celebrate 70: DeLucia presents cholesterol regulation of HIV-1 trans infection and HIV-1 disease progression (VIDEO) 

Celebrate 70: DeLucia presents cholesterol regulation of HIV-1 trans infection and HIV-1 disease progression (VIDEO)

Doctoral candidate, DIANA DeLUCIA (IDM '19), presented some of her dissertation research on how the cholesterol levels in immune cells might be impacting HIV infection and disease progression to AIDS. It was found that antigen-presenting cells in nonprogressors have lower cholesterol levels which i... (04/19/2018)
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