In August 2018 I began serving Western Michigan University (WMU) as an Associate Professor of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services. I joined the university because I hope to share the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the years with our students and to work with the WMU community to improve the health and wellbeing of the region. I’ve worked in or in collaboration with many types of organizations including multi-national corporations, small biotechnology companies, federal, state, and local health authorities, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. Much of my work focused on the prevention and control of infectious diseases, particularly development and testing of vaccines and screening tests, development of surveillance programs, implementation of projects to improve the quality of health service delivery, and education and training of professionals, patients and members of the public. Most recently my research and service activities address immunizations, clinical practice guidelines, and viral hepatitis and the issues associated with it such as opioid use and overdose, drug treatment, HIV, harm reduction, and health disparities.
I got lost hiking in Death Valley. I became aware that there are MANY more creatures living in the desert than you ever see in daylight.