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Lunch and Learn: COVID-19 Insights from Falk Epidemiologists

June 25, 2020 at 12:00pm1:15pm EDT

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Meet the Falk College epidemiologists helping to advise the Chancellor on reopening the campus this fall. Brittany Kmush, PhD and David Larsen, PhD share their insights and research on COVID-19:

  • What will the next few months look like navigating the pandemic?
  • How is waste water being used to track and trace the virus?
  • Are we close to finding a vaccine?


Brittany Kmush Portrait

Brittany Kmush, Ph.D.

Brittany received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation was entitled, “Risk factors for antibody loss after Hepatitis E virus natural infection and vaccination.” She earned a master of science in infectious disease epidemiology from the Bloomberg School at Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Rochester where she graduated cum laude. Her areas of specialization include epidemiology, global health, infectious diseases, vaccines, nutrition, immunology and environmental exposures particularly within the context of risks for infectious diseases, and Hepatitis E virus.

In addition to a series of graduate research assistantships at Johns Hopkins, she was a student investigator at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh and the National Institute for Diagnosis and Vaccine Development in Infectious Diseases, School of Public Health, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China where she Implemented a study examining the persistence of antibodies after hepatitis E virus infection.

Her professional portfolio includes participation on numerous research grants, including an award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she was a student investigator on the project, “Determinants of Immunological Persistence of Hepatitis E Virus Antibodies.” The purpose of the study was to determine antibody persistence after Hepatitis e virus and vaccination in South Asia.

David Larsen Portrait

David Larsen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

David Larsen holds a Ph.D and MPH from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical medicine. He is an environmental epidemiologist with expertise in large data analysis, multi-level modeling, spatial statistics, geographic information systems, and study design. His content expertise lies broadly in global health, with specific expertise in mosquito borne illnesses, mhealth, and sanitation.


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This event was published on June 15, 2020.

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