Leigh Howard, MD


Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University

Fellowship Site: Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia

Research Interests: Norovirus infection burden after rotavirus vaccine introduction in Lusaka Province, Zambia

Dr. Howard will spend her fellowship year at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) in Lusaka, under the mentorship of Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc and Kathryn Edwards, MD. Her research will focus on the epidemiology of pediatric diarrheal infections before and after rotavirus vaccine implementation in Lusaka Province.

Following pediatrics residency, Dr. Howard worked as a Pediatric AIDS Corps physician in Botswana for one year prior to beginning a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University. During her fellowship, she also completed coursework for her MPH degree to combine her clinical background with training in epidemiologic, clinical, and translational research. Her fellowship research has focused on the application of genomic and proteomic analyses to vaccine evaluation. Her primary research interest is the application of these analyses and an understanding of the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable infections in resource-limited settings to enhance vaccine access and delivery globally.

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