Isabel Ott

Isabel Ott, B.S.

Research technician | 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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BS in Biology – University of Georgia

Originally from metro Atlanta, I meandered into virology from an early interest in the ways colonialism influences infectious disease dynamics. I majored in biology at the University of Georgia, where my undergraduate research explored the distribution and evolution of endemic arboviruses in the Southeast, particularly Cache Valley orthobunyavirus. After graduation, I moved to Connecticut to join Dr. Paul Turner’s research group as a lab technician, focused mainly on the evolution of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in response to bacteriophage therapeutics. I was drafted by the Grubaugh lab in Spring 2020 for the COVID-19 response, where I handle whatever comes up. Eventually, I intend to return to arbovirology, and hope to better characterize the public health impacts of neglected endemic viruses, particularly orthobunyaviruses.

In my time away from the lab, I tend to knit, scheme decolonially, assemble questionable playlists, study Andean anthropology, take long walks to admire the Northeast’s many beaver-improved landscapes, and get myself into trouble on Twitter.