Welcome New Faculty and Staff
Dr. Jean Celli, associate professor of infectious diseases, joined the Allen School in July. He is an international expert on the cell biology and pathogenesis of Brucella, a zoonotic pathogen responsible for over 500,000 cases of debilitating human disease each year. Jean received his doctorate from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and came to WSU from the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Jean http://news.wsu.edu/tag/brucella/.
Dr. Samuel Thumbi Mwangi was appointed as an assistant professor of epidemiology in August. Thumbi received his veterinary degree and master’s degree from the University of Nairobi and his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. Thumbi coordinates the Population-based Animal Disease Syndromic Surveillance program in western Kenya, where he also serves as the project lead for investigation of interactions between intestinal parasites and protozoal infections, including malaria.
Dr. Anders Omsland, assistant professor, joined the Allen School in October. He conducts research on Coxiella burnetii and Chlamydia trachomatis. C. burnetii is a zoonotic pathogen that causes human Q fever and C. trachomatis is a leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases and trachoma, a potentially blinding ocular infection most commonly diagnosed in developing countries. Anders has won an award for research excellence during his postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Jennifer Zambriski started her assistant professor position in August after completing her doctorate in epidemiology at Cornell University. She also holds a DVM from Tufts University. Jenni has conducted research on the transmission and impact of Cryptosporidium infection—an infection recently recognized by the multi-country GEMS study as one of the top four pathogens responsible for moderate to severe diarrhea, especially in children under 24 months.
Ms. Sara Pepper is the Allen School’s new grants coordinator. Sara, who holds a master’s in public health from the University of Arizona, joins the Allen School from the WSU Office of Grants and Research Development where she coordinated multi-investigator and multi-institutional grants. She will be responsible for research and educational program grant development, research program administrative support, and international educational program administrative support.