LAB MEMBERS

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MATTHEW H. COLLINS, MD, PHD

Principle Investigator

Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine

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DANIEL OMAR ESPINOZA, MPHIL, PHD

Lead Research Specialist

Daniel has more than 20 years’ experience working in microbiology and molecular biology and am interested in infectious diseases and global health. In addition to managing the lab, his work focuses on developing serologic assays for diagnosing arbovirus infections, particularly Zika. He hopes to apply his knowledge to field studies on prevention of insect-borne disease and improve public health in developing countries.

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LILLIAN CHEN, MPH

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Lillian assisted with establishing a research collaboration between Emory's TravelWell Clinic and the Hope Clinic by conducting a pilot study in the prior location.

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MARIAM GOREISH

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Mariam is an undergraduate student at Emory University studying Biology and Global Development Studies. Her most recent and ongoing research project focuses on using enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA) as a screen for inapparent flavivirus infection (primarily Zika and dengue) in international travelers. This study involves collecting blood samples from international travelers pre- and post- travel and utilizing ELISA to screen for the presence of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) against these viruses in sera. The presence of antibodies against these viruses may point to inapparent infection, but may also be due to cross-reactivity due to other types of flavivirus exposure. In this role, she has participated in recruiting participants for the study as well as designing and running experiments that test for the presence of antibodies against Zika and dengue in the samples, as well as organizing and analyzing the data collected from these experiments. Mariam enjoys the translational nature of her research because it applies to bridging disparities in health outcomes between low-income and high-income countries. She plans to pursue an MD after graduation.

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NEENA EDUPUGANTI

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neena is an undergraduate student at Elon University pursuing a degree in Public Health with a Biology and Psychology minor and is on the Pre-Med track. She works on travel related infection study at emory TravelWell

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KEYA JACOBY

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Keya is an undergraduate at Emory University majoring in Human Health. She is interested in epidemiology and preventative health strategies for tropical and emerging global diseases. Keya plans to pursue an MPH in a related field and has worked as a study coordinator examining surveillance for flavivirus infection during international travel based at Emory’s TravelWell Center. I also helped build a database and enroll patients in the Emory-UTP collaborative study on adaptive immunity in pregnancy in Pereira, Colombia.

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