Christina Harden

Christina Harden, M.P.H.

Post-grad | Yale School of Public Health | Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Laboratory of Epidemiology of Public Health (LEPH) | 60 College St. | New Haven, CT 06510
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MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases – Yale School of Public Health
BS in Environmental Science – Cornell University

Born and raised in Chicago, I am a lifelong lover of infectious disease and all things that grow. I reluctantly migrated east to study environmental ecology and applied population biology at Cornell, where I fell in love with modeling and quantitative approaches that didn’t force me to limit my research interests. After several years moonlighting as a ski instructor and research assistant on projects ranging from chronic wasting disease to Hawaiian forest conservation, I started my MPH at Yale, focusing on epidemiology of microbial diseases and public health modelling. I conducted my internship and thesis research at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where I worked with Drs. Philip Armstrong, JR McMillan, and Doug Brackney on West Nile Virus surveillance and preliminary research for future xenosurveillance of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. After graduating in May, I’m excited to spend the summer working with the Grubaugh Lab on their COVID-19 research.

Ultimately, my research interests lie at the intersection of disease emergence and environmental change. In the fall, I will be pursuing my PhD at Penn State University at the RISK Lab with Drs. Sagan Friant and Ottar Bjornstad on the human/wildlife interface and spillover of Lassa Fever in Nigeria.

Outside of lab, you will find me at home, practicing patisserie and tending to an outsized collection of exotic potted plants.