Ms. Warmbrod is an Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.. Her primary interests include evolution and transmission of infectious diseases, outbreak response, health security policy, and bioethics.
Before joining the Center, Ms. Warmbrod worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the National Security Sciences Directorate. She contributed to projects concerning the security of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear material, including the development and implementation of training courses and assessment of foreign nations’ capabilities. Ms. Warmbrod also contributed to the development of an ontology-based tool for assessing pathogenicity of infectious agents. Previous work at ORNL with the toxicology team included creating a calculator to assess the risk from exposure to radionuclides and conducting risk assessments for various chemicals and microbes in the US food supply and cosmetics.
Ms. Warmbrod received a master of science degree in experimental pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. While at UTMB, she conducted research on viral evolution. Her thesis focused on the intrahost evolution of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus. She also worked on developing better vaccine candidates for RNA viruses. Her research provided experience working in high containment in ABSL-3 and BSL-3 laboratories. Ms. Warmbrod also received a master of public health degree in biosecurity and disaster management from Saint Louis University, where her work focused on global biosafety and biosecurity policies.
Ms. Warmbrod earned a BS in agricultural biotechnology from the University of Kentucky in 2016. During her time at UK, she worked in a molecular virology lab studying viral entry and the surface proteins of paramyxoviruses.