Epidemiology Ambassadors

If you’re interested in learning more about all EPI programs, check out Rollins’s webpage: Epidemiology

Epidemiology

Kylie Reinhart, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Antibiotic Stewardship
– Hospital Epidemiology

Hello everyone! My name is Kylie, and I am a second-year MPH student in Epidemiology! I grew up and went to college outside of Philadelphia where I graduated with my B.S. in Public Health. I fell in love with Public Health by accident, but I really confirmed that it was what I wanted to do when I started working in a health department. Through that, I realized that I wanted to pursue my MPH. I decided to come to Rollins because of the community, connections, and great professors. I am currently working as a Research Assistant in the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship at the CDC. When I am not at Rollins I am walking on the Beltline and finding great new restaurants! 

Hello! My name is Erin LaFon and I am currently a second-year MPH student in the Epidemiology Department. I am completing a certificate in infectious diseases and genetic and molecular epidemiology. I am a first-generation, non-traditional student. I am originally from West Palm Beach, FL, and graduated from Florida Atlantic University Honors College in 2018 with a B.S. in Biology. I then pursued an M.S. in Veterinary Forensics at the University of Florida and graduated in 2021.

At Rollins, I work on a research project to build a NeuroCOVID database, work with the CDC’s One Health Office to build a zoonotic diseases database, and I serve as one of the representatives for the EPI department for Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA). My thesis topic explores the phylogenetics of Powassan virus and is in collaboration with the School of Medicine. When I’m not in class, you can find me exploring new places to hike around Georgia, spending time with my dogs, reading, or playing video games.

Erin LaFon, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Zoonotic/Emerging Infectious Diseases
– Molecular Phylogenetics of Infectious Diseases
Certificate Program: Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
Extra Curricular Activities
– Rollins Student Government Association
– Emory Students for One Health

Andrea Torres, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Virology/Immunology
– STD’s/Bacterial Infections
– HPV-induced cancer
– Outbreak Response
Certificate Program: Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
Extra Curricular Activities
– Volunteer with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
– Teaching Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Andrea Torres and I’m from Miami, Fl. I’m a second-year Epidemiology student. I’ve been living in Atlanta since this summer (2021). I received my bachelors in laboratory science at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL and have been working professionally as a licensed lab scientist for three years now. My specialization was in immunology and immunological testing and monitoring (lymphomas, sickle cell patients, autoimmune diseases). I hope to work in HPV related cancer research, vaccine advocacy, as well as surveillance with my Masters in Epidemiology. I like to craft creative gifts and scrapbooks with my cricut as well as watch anime with my fiancé on my free time. I also love exploring Atlanta and finding new places to eat! I look forward to meeting new students as well as answering any questions anyone may have! 

Hi there! My name is Katie and I am a second-year MPH student in the epidemiology department. I am originally from Connecticut, but I fell in love with Atlanta when I first came to Emory for my undergraduate degree. After graduating in 2019, I served for one year in an AmeriCorps program called FoodCorps; then, I spent a year supporting my local health department’s COVID-19 response as a Community Health Worker. Currently, I work as a REAL student with the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, where I work on surveillance of healthcare-associated infections. Here at Rollins, I am inspired by the community of bright, creative, and ambitious peers that I am fortunate to interact with every day. When I am not in class or working, I love hanging out on the Beltline and exploring Atlanta’s amazing food scene. I am excited to connect with you all and to share my Rollins experience!

Katie Brousseau, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Healthcare-Associated Infections
– Antimicrobial Resistance
– Infectious Diseases
Extra Curricular Activities
– Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT)

Sofia Oviedo, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Cardiometabolic Disease
– Social Epidemiology
– Health Services Research
Certificate Program: Social Determinants of Health
Extra Curricular Activities
– Volunteer at The Hope and Dignity Community Center

Hi everyone! My name is Sofia and I am a second-year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology. I was born and raised in Houston, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Public Health in 2021. My passion for public health was sparked during my undergrad while volunteering in the local community and seeing how interconnected everything around us is to our health. Alongside my degree, I am also pursuing a Social Determinants of Health certificate. I am currently a Graduate Research Assistant with the Health Services Research Center in the School of Medicine where I work on a research initiative seeking to understand, prevent, and treat post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, including Long COVID. My first semester at Rollins has been an amazing experience and I cannot wait to dive further into my interests in the coming semesters. I love Rollins because of the sense of community and the opportunities students have to get involved both at Emory and in the community. My interests in public health include chronic diseases and health outcomes impacted by social determinants. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking long walks in Lullwater Preserve, and trying new restaurants. Feel free to reach out with any questions you have or if you just want to talk!

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