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Center for Health Security announces fellows accepted to Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity class of 2018

By Nick Alexopulos | Feb. 6, 2018

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has accepted a diverse group of 28 professionals and scholars into the 2018 class of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship (ELBI) program.

This class comprises fellows from 10 US states, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and was chosen from more than 120 applicants through a rigorous selection process. Throughout the year new fellows will attend three multi-day workshops and additional in-person networking opportunities. They’ll also have access to other engagement activities and some of the top minds in domestic and global health security.

“Each year, widespread interest in the ELBI program yields a phenomenal cohort of individuals eager to grow their knowledge and share their experiences with others in the biosecurity field,” said Tom Inglesby, MD, director of the Center. “I’m excited to continue that tradition in 2018, and I want to congratulate the new fellows and welcome them to the thriving ELBI community.”

Now in its sixth year, the highly competitive, part-time ELBI fellowship program inspires and connects the next generation of leaders and innovators in the biosecurity community. The program is an opportunity for talented career professionals to deepen their expertise, expand their network, and build their leadership skills through a series of sponsored events coordinated by the Center. This fellowship boasts more than 100 alumni who represent government, defense, private industry, science, law, public health, medicine, global health, journalism, the social sciences, and academia.

The 2018 ELBI Fellows are:

Warren Acuncius
US Agency for International Development

Evan Appleton
Harvard Medical School

Hattie Chung
Harvard University & The Broad Institute

Lina Faller
Ginkgo Bioworks

Michelle Holko
Booz Allen Hamilton

Gabriel Innes
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Christopher Isaac
University of Lethbridge

Kirsten Kulcsar
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Joseph Lewnard
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Yong-Bee Lim
George Mason University

Natalie Ma
Clearview Healthcare Partners

Lucia Mullen
World Health Organization

Tiffany Nguyen
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Lauren Oldfield
J. Craig Venter Institute

Keith Pardee
University of Toronto

Jenish Patel
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Edward Perello
Desktop Genetics

Aaron Resnick
Northwest Healthcare Response Network

Michelle Rozo
AAAS Congressional Fellow

Lauren Sauer
Johns Hopkins University

Jordan Schermerhorn
Pratt Pouch Consulting & Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Andrew Snyder-Beattie
University of Oxford

Carl Soffler
US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity

Gregory Sunshine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alexander Titus
IQT Labs

Neil Vora
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Matt Walsh
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Benjamin Winer
Princeton University

Center staffers Matthew Watson, Matthew Shearer, MPH, Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH, and Alison Pack manage the ELBI fellowship program.

About the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security:
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security works to protect people from epidemics and disasters and build resilient communities through innovative scholarship, engagement, and research that strengthens the organizations, systems, policies, and programs essential to preventing and responding to public health crises. The Center is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is located in Baltimore, MD.