Danielle Laborde, B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., is President and Senior Epidemiologist at HERMES and provides technological and managerial direction for public health initiatives and business development and ensures that all work products are based on sound scientific evidence. After working as a clinical and environmental microbiologist in the United States and abroad, she completed her Masters of Public Health in Parasitology and Laboratory Practice, PhD, post-doctoral fellowship in Epidemiology, and training in survey methodology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. With this foundation in infectious disease (including diarrheal disease, water quality, infection control, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and immunization) and quantitative and qualitative skills, Dr. Laborde has engaged in over 20 years of epidemiologic research in various settings.

Dr. Laborde has held academic appointments at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Center for Pediatric Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she taught several higher-level graduate courses and research methods workshops for students and medical faculty. She also has served as a local and international technical consultant with government and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Laborde has designed and implemented health and behavioral surveys, environmental disinfection and hygienic practice trials, program evaluations, training for researchers, clinical providers, program managers, and community-based organization leaders and conducted systematic reviews. She has led collaborative research projects and government grants and contracts including several Women's Health-funded program for HIV/AIDS/STD prevention among minority women attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and National Institute of Health Small Business Innovative Research studies. Her interests lie in infectious disease control and extending promising public health solutions through participatory research and gender-based approaches and critical appraisal of research studies.

Eric Chamot, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., is an Epidemiologist, who trained and worked as an HIV clinician in Switzerland. Dr. Chamot obtained his MPH and Ph.D. degrees in Epidemiology from Tulane University and has taught graduate courses at the University of Lausanne, Tulane and the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has over 20 years work experience in multidisciplinary and multicultural contexts as a public health specialist. Most of Dr. Chamot's research and professional service activities have been in the fields of women's health, HIV prevention, global health, and patient-centered aspects of preventive care. He has served as PI of a complex and highly successful cooperative agreement to strengthen and sustain, through collaborative training, the ability of research teams at the three International Centers for Excellence in Research (ICER) of Bamako (Mali), Kampala (Uganda), and Chennai (India) to independently design, conduct and manage international clinical research programs on HIV, TB and malaria. On HERMES' epidemiology team, Dr. Chamot brings a strong methodological background in outcome measurement, instrument development and adaptation, evaluation, psychometrics, biostatistics and mixed-methods and valuable assistance in qualitative data analysis, data interpretation and manuscript writing.

Kathryn Magruder, Ph.D., specializes in Mental Health Epidemiology and research ethics. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Duke University and M.P.H. and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 25 years' experience in research methods and expertise in drug addiction and mental health research. Dr. Magruder has led mental health research initiatives at Duke University, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical School of the University of South Carolina where she serves as Director of the Office of Research Integrity. Her research has been in epidemiologic strategies to address world mental health problems in underserved populations, PTSD among military veterans, training development, and disaster mental health resilience. She has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has presented at numerous professional and organizational conferences. At HERMES, Dr. Magruder provides the full range of her expertise in research conceptualization, study design, and implementation.

Charles, Poole, MA, Ph.D., is a Senior Epidemiologist Associate with HERMES. He holds a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. He is an expert in epidemiologic methods, particularly as applied to risk assessment and meta-analysis. Over the past 22 years he has taught several graduate courses, including Deductive and Probability Logic in Epidemiology, at the UNC School of Public Health. Dr. Poole has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and serves on several national committees. He is the deputy editor for Epidemiologic Perspectives and Innovations and regularly chairs spotlight sessions, organizes symposia, teaches workshops, and gives invited talks on epidemiologic methods at the Society for Epidemiologic Research annual meeting. Dr. Poole is a member of several expert committees including the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches used by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. He has worked on the recently published Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) recommendations to improve the quality of reporting of observational studies. His expertise in developing epidemiological tools and solutions is valuable to all content areas of research.

Eric Johnson, MD, MPH, DrPH, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist Associate, is a cancer and occupational epidemiologist who specializes in retrospective cohort and case control methodology. Dr. Johnson is a physician with a MPH in Tropical Public Health from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and his DrPH from the London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After serving as a Medical officer at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, working as WHO polio eradication program field officer, as well as developing malaria interventions in Africa, he pursued research in environmental risk exposure assessment and cancer. Dr. Johnson's recent research involves the study of occupational exposure to oncoviruses and contaminant risk assessment. He brings a broad range of expertise in laboratory and population science for our team.

Kristen Weigle, MD, MPH, Senior Scientific Writer/Epidemiologist, is a pediatrician and an infectious disease specialist with a MPH in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and over 25 years experience conducting research on the control, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in clinical settings and resource-limited settings. She has published 45 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national scientific meetings, served as a peer reviewer for scientific journals, and NIH grant review committees and conducted federally funded projects (NIAID, CDC, HRSA, and US AID) as a Principal Investigator. She is extremely knowledgeable in epidemiologic methods, pediatric infections, tropical diseases, and science writing for HERMES grants and contracts.

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