2020 opportunities for MPH students

2020 opportunities for MPH students

Currently our lab does not have any paid technician positions for new students, but we are open to help host 1 or 2 students currently enrolled in the MPH program at the Yale School of Public Health for their summer internship and thesis project. Here are the possibilities:

Surveillance and genomic epidemiology of arboviruses in Connecticut

  • Summer internship: The student will work at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) for 8-10 weeks (paid) conducting summer mosquito and arbovirus surveillance with Phil Armstrong. The student would learn aspects of mosquito collection, mosquito identification, and/or virus screening in a BSL-3 lab. During the internship, the student will work with Drs. Armstrong and Grubaugh to develop a hypothesis to be tested using genomic epidemiology for their thesis project.
  • Thesis project: After the summer internship, the student will work in the Grubaugh lab to learn how to do virus sequencing, bioinformatics, and phylogenetic analysis. The student will sequence viruses and incorporate surveillance data from their summer internship at CAES to complete their thesis. This could fulfill the requirements for the modeling concentration.
  • Qualifications: Current 1st year MPH student at YSPH; will take EMD 531 “Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases” during spring 2020; molecular biology experience (e.g. RNA/DNA extraction, PCR); preferences (but not required) for background knowledge in 1) arbovirus ecology/epidemiology, 2) next-generation sequencing, 3) phylogenetics, and/or 4) scripting in R and/or python.
  • How to apply: If you are interested, please email Nathan Grubaugh ([email protected]) a 1) cover letter stating your background and why you are interested in the project and 2) your CV by January 31, 2020. We will conduct interviews and make our selection in February, though a formal offer from CAES cannot be provided until April when the positions are approved by the state.

Dynamics of dengue virus outbreaks in Florida (tentative)

  • Summer internship: The student will work in the Grubaugh lab for 8-10 weeks (paid) during the summer of 2020 to learn and implement genomic epidemiology and transmission modeling to investigate dengue outbreaks that occurred in Florida from 2010-19 (collaboration with the Florida Department of Health). The summer will be spend 1) obtaining/organizing surveillance, epidemiological, and travel data, 2) sequencing clinical samples, and 3) learning/developing bioinformatic pipelines, data visualization tools, and outbreak simulators (https://slequime.github.io/nosoi/index.html).
  • Thesis project: Starting during the Fall 2020, the student will use the data and tools developed during the summer internship to develop a thesis proposal investigating the dengue outbreaks using genomic epidemiology and modeling. This could fulfill the requirements for the modeling concentration.
  • Qualifications: Current 1st year MPH student at YSPH; will take EMD 531 “Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases” during spring 2020 AND EMD 553 “Transmission Dynamic Models for Understanding Infectious Diseases” during spring 2020 or 2021; molecular biology experience (e.g. RNA/DNA extraction, PCR); proficiency in R and/or python; MUST be able to work semi-independently after the training period; preferences (but not required) for background knowledge in 1) arbovirus ecology/epidemiology, 2) next-generation sequencing, and/or 3) phylogenetics.
  • How to apply: If you are interested, please email Nathan Grubaugh ([email protected]) 1) a cover letter stating your background and why you are interested in the project and 2) your CV by February 28, 2020. We will conduct interviews and make our selection in March.

Thesis project on genomic epidemiology (no summer internship)

  • Thesis project: This opportunity is for 1st year YSPH MPH students who take EMD 531 “Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases” during spring 2020. For exceptional students in the class that would like to integrate genomic epidemiology into their thesis, we are open to help mentor students (with Nathan Grubaugh serving as the first or second reader). We prefer topics on arbovirology, but can also help with a much broader range of interests.
  • Qualifications: Current MPH student at YSPH who took EMD 531 “Genomic Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases” during the spring of 2020 and that are starting their thesis projects in the Fall of 2020. Must have a specific hypothesis and dataset to analyze (or willing to analyze our existing datasets).
  • How to apply: If you are interested, please email Nathan Grubaugh ([email protected]) to set up an appointment to discuss your project’s fit and our current availability. Deadline is August 31, 2020.

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