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Disease Control: Biotechnology versus Microbes

Dr. Lauren Quattrochi

Dr. Lauren Quattrochi is a neuroscientist who collaborates with the National Institutes for Health (NIH) to design, build, and explore new ways to ignite research in areas of national need. Whether she’s advising government entities on jump starting Zika virus vaccine research or advocating for health data sharing, she is pushing the medical field forward. Formerly, Dr. Quattrochi directed a national initiative at Sense About Science USA, a non-profit focused on equipping the public with tools and know how to navigate evidence-based research. She specialized in educating the public on breakthrough science, correcting popularized pseudoscience and bringing about awareness on clinical trial transparency in the USA. She earned her doctorate from Brown University in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, where she discovered a novel third subtype of photoreceptor in the murine eye. Throughout her career, she has had a passion for science communication, teaching and outreach. Dr. Quattrochi has designed and implemented diverse science courses that have been internationally recognized and awarded. She has organized science communication conferences from inception to implementation for underrepresented groups in the sciences and been trained in administrative leadership through the Executive Scholars Program. In parallel to her research at Brown University, she founded and led a group for graduate women in science and engineering (GWiSE) to create network opportunities for a community for women striving in the sciences. Before her doctorate, she earned her first Master’s in 2009 from Brown University while working full-time at Pfizer Inc. in pre-clinical drug discovery, excelling in areas of drug metabolism, in-silico pharmacokinetic modeling and excipient formulations. Before working at Pfizer, she performed research along the US Coast guard in oil spill culprit identification using portable Raman Spectroscopy. Her passion for research and teaching pushes her to continuing developing new and creative curriculum in the sciences. In her spare time, she tutors in writing, travels and perfects her yoga skills.

Trudi Ellerman

Trudi Ellerman is delighted to return to the CDC as the Director of Museum Education for the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. She has extensive experience at both CDC, and in informal and public education. From October 2012-May 2014 Trudi returned to the public school classroom as a biology and environmental science teacher at Norcross High School in Norcross, GA. At Norcross High School she was also the sponsor of the National Honor Society and mentored in an after school program for at- risk students called After School Matters. From 2003-2012 Trudi was worked as the Educator, then Director of Museum Education for the CDC Museum. During this time Trudi created and implemented the CDC Disease Detective Camp, CDC Junior Disease Detective Camp, The CDC Docent program and initiated a grade 9-12 public health education partnership with Atlanta’s The Walker School. Trudi also contributed to the education of the 55,000 yearly visitors to the CDC Museum by guiding tours, training docents, and offering educational programming. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education, with an emphasis in biology, degree from University of Georgia. During her undergraduate studies Trudi was chosen as one of only twelve participants for a federally funded Contextual Teaching and Learning research grant. Through this research study Trudi had the opportunity to foster her love for teaching with an emphasis on real-life scenarios to connect her students’ learning to their everyday life. Trudi and her husband, Keith, live in Flowery Branch, GA with their twin seven-year-old boys. When she is not attending soccer or t-ball games she enjoys crafting, baking and playing outdoors with her one eyed mutt, Obi.

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