epidemiologist & data scientist
Emily Ricotta, PhD, MSc
I am chief of the Epidemiology and Data Management Unit and an Independent Research Scholar in the Division of Intramural Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where my research focuses on risk factors and transmission of infectious diseases of public health importance as well as the standardization of protocols for study development and data management of nonrandomized, clinical cohort studies to enhance the efficiency and reproducibility of infectious disease research.
I am also the principal investigator of NIAID's study evaluating the immune response to COVID-19 vaccines in individuals with immune disorders. Please see our website here for more information.
I have over fifteen years of research experience in epidemiology and molecular microbiology working with a variety of human pathogens, and I have participated in global public health program monitoring and evaluation, policy development, and scientific advocacy. In addition to research, I teach epidemiology and biostatistics to graduate students at George Washington University. In March 2019, I was selected to become an Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative Fellow by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
I received my PhD in epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel and my MSc in molecular microbiology and immunology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Independent Research Scholar
January 2017 - Present
(Research Fellow January 2017 - April 2022, IRS April 2022 - Present)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Chief, Epidemiology and Data Management Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, Division of Intramural Research
Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellow
March 2019 - March 2020
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Adjunct Assistant Professor
July 2018 - Present
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership
Senior Research Data Analyst
August 2013 - December 2016
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
May 2012 - July 2013
Maryland Department of Health
Emerging Infections Program, Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
Research Program Analyst
July 2010 - April 2012
Maryland Department of Health/Johns Hopkins University
Graduate Student Research Assistant
August 2010 - May 2012
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute
May 2009 - June 2010
University of Pittsburgh, Public Health Infectious Disease Lab
PhD - Epidemiology
2015 - 2018
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
MSc - Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
2010 - 2012
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
BS - Biology
2005 - 2009
Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
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