NICOLE E. BASTA, PHD MPHIL
Nicole is an infectious disease epidemiologist and vaccinologist with expertise in designing and implementing epidemiological studies that generate critical biological, clinical, and behavioral evidence. The goal of her research is to optimize disease prevention and control. She draws upon her background in epidemiology, biostatistics, ecology and evolutionary biology, public health and global health to advance our understanding of the epidemiology of multiple globally important diseases.
The aim of Dr. Basta's research is to 1) maximize the impact of vaccines and immunization programs, 2) increase vaccine awareness, acceptance, and uptake, and 3) improve our understanding of infectious disease transmission dynamics to tailor prevention strategies. Her work is designed to directly inform public health policy.
ANGIE ULRICH, PHD
As an infectious disease epidemiologist, Angie's research interests broadly involve the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Her research focuses on assessing vaccines in a real-world setting and strategies for HIV prevention including antiretroviral treatment as prevention (TasP).
DAWN NEDERHOFF, MPH
Since 2011 Dawn has been a study coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Dawn is interested in research pertaining to infectious disease and vaccines, both internationally and locally. Dawn enjoys the hands on experience of working closely with team members and study participants.
KIM BONNER, PHD
Kim is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has studied vaccination decision-making in the US and Uganda. She is interested in undertaking infectious disease research that helps to inform public health decisions.
BRIDGET GRIFFITH, MPH
Bridget is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her dissertation research focuses on the barriers and facilitators of on-time measles vaccination for young children in Uganda, which combines her broader interests in infectious disease epidemiology and healthcare seeking behavior in low-resource settings.
Andy is a PhD student in Biostatistics. His research focuses on causal inference methods for sensor data collected by smartphones. His collaborations have included transportation research and vaccine studies.
Shannon's research interests are in causal inference and machine learning, with a focus on developing methods to support clinical decision-making in organ transplantation. She also collaborates on projects in multiple disciplines, including meningococcal disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Katie Gravagna is an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota with plans to pursue an epidemiology Master’s at McGill University in fall 2020. Her research interests include global vaccination mandates and meningitis B vaccination on college campuses.
MSCPH PRACTICUM STUDENT
Bethany is a Master’s student in Public Health at McGill University. Her research interests include vaccine development and surveillance, and childhood immunization, as her broader interests are in vaccine epidemiology and paediatrics.
MSCPH PRACTICUM STUDENT
Echo is a master’s student studying Public Health at McGill University. She is helping to create an online platform that acts as a central resource to monitor and share information about the development of COVID-19 vaccines.