Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Laura Skrip completed her MPH in Biostatistics and PhD in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She is interested in using quantitative methods to consider the impact of multilevel factors on susceptibility to infectious disease. Her research has involved not only mathematical modeling and statistical analysis but also field work to understand the context of the research and contribute to methods for improved data quality. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Laura worked with local response leadership to develop and pilot new tools for data collection and dissemination in Montserrado County, Liberia. She subsequently moved to Liberia to serve in a technical assistance and capacity-building role with the newly established National Public Health Institute of Liberia. In that position, Laura worked with a Liberian team on the development of and approval processes for new public health programs at the University of Liberia. As a member of the IDM Epidemiology team, Laura will undertake behavior-epidemiologic transmission modeling with a focus on emerging infectious diseases in humanitarian settings.