Susan Aman is a Software Developer at the Children's Hospital Informatics Program. She has over 10 years of experience in the internet industry, including system administration and web development work at Firefly Inc., iCast Corporation (a CMGi company) and most recently at Northeastern University.
Leila Amerling, MBA has joined the team as an Administrative Associate and Program Coordinator. Leila previously worked in the Education and Finance industries. She received her MBA in Germany in 2007, with a double specialization in Innovations and Strategy & Organization.
Yuki joined the HealthMap group in 2012 to develop and curate the Japanese feed. She is currently a MPH candidate in Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. She is interested in infectious disease surveillance, prevention and early detection of disease outbreaks.
Chi is pursuing her master’s degree in Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, with special interests in emerging infectious disease surveillance and policy. She has a background in biology and business management, and joined HealthMap in March 2012 as the MoH+ feed developer and curator.
John Brownstein is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and has joint appointments in the Children's Hospital Boston Informatics Program and Division of Emergency Medicine. He was trained as an epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University where he received his PhD. Dr. Brownstein works on novel statistical modeling and medical informatics approaches for accelerating the translation of public health surveillance research into practice.
Rachel joined the HealthMap team in 2012 as a Front-end Web Developer and Graphic Designer. Prior to working at HealthMap Rachel worked as a Web Interface Designer at Northeastern Unversity and as an English Teacher in China.
Rumi Chunara, PhD is an Instructor at HealthMap and Harvard Medical School with a background in building biological sensors. Rumi is particularly interested in information obtained from sensors and how it can be used to augment health care. She is trained as an engineer and her doctoral studies were through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She also has gained clinical experience at hospitals in Pakistan, Kenya and the US.
Michael Close joined the HealthMap team as a curator for the Spanish feed. He graduated University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy. Following graduation, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. He is currently a Master's student in Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health.
Clark is a Research Software Developer at the Children's Hospital Informatics Program and a PhD student in Boston University's Biomedical Engineering department. He studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Yale University, and has over ten years of experience developing feature-rich Web applications. His interests include Web-based user-interface design, data visualization, text mining, and technologies for developing countries.
Jared Hawkins, PhD is a Research Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital and a National Library of Medicine Research Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. His background is in Immunology and Bioinformatics. Jared joined the HealthMap team because he is passionate about utilizing novel health data sources to better understand population health and the spread of disease, and to assist clinicians in improving the quality of patient care.
Jane Huston, MPH joined HealthMap in 2011 as a program coordinator. She manages the HealthMap Vaccine Finder, a project that aims to simplify getting vaccinated. She also helps with the Flu Near You project, curates English news feeds, and writes and edits for the Disease Daily. Her professional interests include global health, infectious disease, and immunization. Jane received a Master's of Public Health in International Health from the Boston University School of Public Health.
Erik Johnson is a web developer and University of Vermont alum who works on FluNearYou & SaludBoricua. He grew up on the Internet - and has been building websites and applications since the mid 90's. His hobbies include fitness, sports and personal data tracking.
Taha is a recognized leader and has more than 15 years of professional experience in health, public health, and informatics. Taha received a master of science (MS) degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics and has a medical doctor (MD) degree from the University of Texas health Sciences Center at Houston. Taha also completed clinical training at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.
Sumiko Mekaru, DVM, PhD, MPVM, MLIS is a veterinarian and epidemiologist interested in environmental factors contributing to infectious disease outbreaks. She is a Research Fellow and oversees HealthMap's operations, including several grants, partnerships, and our intern program.
Adham received his medical degree from Cairo University, Egypt and currently works as a researcher at Joslin Diabetes Center. He joined the HealthMap team in 2012 to help monitor disease outbreaks in the MENA region. He moved to the US seeking a career in medicine a few months after the January 25 revolution. He still works with several NGO's that help in the development of his homeland. Taking part in the events that took place in Tahrir Square made him believe more than ever in the power of dreams. On a personal level, Adham is an avid reader and loves playing Sudoku!
Elaine Nsoesie is a Research Fellow at HealthMap, Harvard Medical School and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. Elaine is trained as a Statistician and Computational Epidemiologist through the Virginia Tech interdisciplinary program in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. She is fascinated by data and loves extracting the stories locked in diverse datasets. She is especially interested in exploring novel techniques and data sources for disease modeling and forecasting.
Marjorie Odegard is an undergraduate at Harvard University. She will be graduating with a degree in Social Anthropology and a minor in Spanish in May 2013. She joined HealthMap as an intern in the summer of 2012 and is currently working on a project about food-borne illness reporting with CDC. Marjorie is also pre-med and hopes to enter medical school in the Fall of 2014. She is interested in how cultural upbringing affects people's interaction with healthcare systems and hopes to also eventually earn an MPH and do some medical work in a Spanish speaking country
Laura Pinheiro graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A in Economics and is now a MPH student at Boston University School of Public Health concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
David Scales, MD, PhD joined the HealthMap team as a CDC contractor after completing degrees in medicine and sociology from Yale University. He is particularly interested in socioeconomic factors that increase people's vulnerability to disasters and infectious diseases, a topic he will explore in a joint project with HealthMap, the CDC and BioDiaspora.
Katharina joined Healthmap in 2011 as a curator for the German feed and contributing author to the Disease Daily. She recently graduated with her MPH in International Health from Boston University's School of Public Health. Her interests include global reproductive health, science writing, US Healthcare reform, and biking. She has experience implementing youth empowerment programs in Nicaragua and researching access to health services among socioeconomically and culturally diverse populations in the US.
Glory hails from Katy, Texas and currently serves as curator of the Chinese language feed at Healthmap. Her areas of interest include infectious disease surveillance, cost-effectiveness of treatment and vaccines, and outbreak control and prevention
Amy Sonricker, MPH is a Research Coordinator for the HealthMap Project with a background as an epidemiologist specializing in vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. Her interests include increasing disease surveillance for emerging infectious diseases in resource-poor areas, utilization of syndromic surveillance, and the impact of climate change on infectious disease trends.
Anna Tomasulo MA, MPH joined HealthMap in 2011 as Editor of The Disease Daily and French feed curator. Her interests include French and Francophone literature, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the intersection of health and human rights, and running. She has experience working on HIV prevention in Zambia and brings a journalistic touch to HealthMap from her work reporting on early marriage in Nepal with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Oktawia Wójcik, PhD is a Research Fellow at HealthMap and Harvard Medical School with a background in epidemiology. Prior to her work on HealthMap, Oktawia received her graduate degree from New York University and completed the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control sponsored European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Oktawia¹s experience includes outbreak investigations, infectious disease surveillance and public health research.
Qingyu Yuan is from the University of Chinese Academy of Science, majoring in management science and engineering. Currently, he is a visiting scholar for the Informatics Program at Children’s hospital. He is interested in the development of methods and applications in public health informatics.