I am excited to be joining the Crowe Lab as a Program Manager. I recently came from Washington, DC where I had been working as a Research Specialist with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program. My primary focus there was the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threat PREDICT project in Myanmar and Kenya, which worked to build capacity and conduct viral surveillance in humans, domestic animals, and wildlife at high risk human/animal interfaces. I also had the opportunity to be involved with a new exhibit - “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World”- at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which I highly recommend visiting to anyone visiting DC. I received both a BS in Neuroscience and MS in Biology from Bucknell University where I also spent time as a laboratory technician and research associate. Through my studies and research, I was able to explore various aspects of bat physiology, disease ecology, biodiversity, immunology, and pathogens. My interests in infectious diseases led me to pursue an MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.