Amy Schwartz is a PhD student at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. Before joining the Petersen Lab as a graduate research assistant, Amy worked as an epidemiologist at the Division of Vector-borne Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control. Prior to her time at CDC, she worked as a vaccine preventable disease surveillance coordinator at the North Dakota Department of Health. Amy obtained her MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2011 and a B.S. in Microbiology with a minor in Emerging Global Diseases from Iowa State University in 2009. Amy is interested in the epidemiology of Lyme disease with a focus on health equity. She currently assists with the Lyme Transmission-Blocking Vaccine Project.
Anna is from Des Moines, IA and is a second-year MPH student studying Epidemiology and working her way towards a certificate in Emerging Infectious Diseases. She received her B.S. in Public Health with sub tracks in Global Health and Quantitative Methods from the University of Arizona in December 2021. During her gap semester, Anna worked on COVID-19 response and data analysis through the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Arizona. Anna is a TA for the Department of Criminology, interns for the State Hygienic Laboratory housed at the University of Iowa and serves as the President of the Epidemiology Student Association. At the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Anna performs DNA isolation on canine blood and diagnostic testing for leishmaniasis. Her primary interests include infectious diseases, sexual health, surveillance, and One Health. Anna also loves to volunteer through the College of Public Health’s Strike Force.
Kayla is from Charlotte, NC and is a second-year MS student studying Epidemiology and working towards obtaining a certificate in Emerging Infectious Diseases. She received her B.S. in Zoology with a minor in genetics from North Carolina State University in December 2021. Throughout her undergrad and during her gap semester, Kayla worked as a veterinary technician at a local veterinary clinic in Raleigh, NC. Kayla is a TA for the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa and works at a local veterinary clinic in Iowa City. At the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Kayla performs DNA isolation on canine blood and diagnostic testing using qPCR for leishmaniasis. Her primary interests include zoonotic infectious diseases, parasitology, and One Health.