Emerging Threats Epidemiology Group (ETEG)

The Emerging Threats Epidemiology Group (ETEG) focuses on epidemiologic aspects of health security risk, oriented towards impact on patient and community centered outcomes. With work streams that range from studies in the field, clinic, or laboratory to policy discernment and risk management, ETEG seeks to consistently generate actionable public health knowledge. The ETEG works with a diverse array of partners and is always looking for new opportunities for collaboration.

Recent Examples of Our Work


The Team
Professor David Brett-Major, MD, MPH
David Brett-Major is an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician. He has worked at home, in South America, Africa, and Asia as a clinician, educator, researcher, and in health emergency risk management. He has been part of filovirus emergency response in Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. David has worked in health security policy and management on issues such as research in emergencies, Dual Use Research of Concern, high consequence pathogens including pandemic influenza, and all hazards preparedness. He has been a part of global alert and response coordination against Ebola virus disease, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, and avian influenza A(H7N9). As a clinical scientist and medical epidemiologist, his research interests focus on risk, how it may be identified, characterized, and managed from patient- and community-centered vantages, particularly related to emerging infectious diseases.

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Katie Angell, BS, MPH
Katie Angell is an infectious diseases epidemiology PhD student.  Katie graduated with an MPH in Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics from the University of Colorado - School of Public Health.  She has experience working for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment in antimicrobial resistance in conjunction with the CDC's Emerging Infections Program.  Katie's main research areas of interest lie in antimicrobial resistance as an urgent and emerging disease, vector-borne, and more generally, infectious diseases.

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Julia Bai, BS, MPH
Julia Bai received her BS in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and her MPH from Texas A&M University before continuing her education at UNMC. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology. Beyond the inevitable data sorting, input, and analysis, Julia's research interests include bioterrorism, biosecurity, infectious diseases, and outbreak surveillance.

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Lauren Longacre, BA, BS, BSN
Lauren Longacre is Research Nurse Coordinator with clinical experience in Step-Down Critical Care at Nebraska Medicine and Progressive Care, and also as a travel nurse.  While working at Nebraska Medicine she served as a Quality Champion, establishing team-based measures geared towards the prevention of Hospital Acquired Infections.  She received her BSN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in French at Saint Louis University.  She has special interests in Epidemiology, Infection Prevention, Global Health, and Biosecurity.

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Rachel Prudhomme, BA, MBA
Rachel Prudhomme earned her MBA at Creighton University and her undergraduate degree at the College of St. Benedict. She is a Program Manager for the Global Center for Health Security.   Prior to joining the team, Rachel was a process improvement expert working in a healthcare setting improving patient safety and quality.  As a Program Manager she is responsible for grant management and organization, including but not limited to resource management, financial alignment and general project management.  Rachel joins the ETEG group excited to expand her epidemiology repertoire.

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Louis Walker, BS
Louis Walker is a Clinical Research Associate. He received his BS in Health Science in 2018 from Purdue University Global. As a 10-year Navy veteran, he worked as a Preventive Medicine Technician. He brings a vast background in Health Science and operational experience in Public Health.

In addition to our excellent colleagues in the College of Public Health, key collaborators include:
The Broadhurst Laboratory and Emerging Pathogens Laboratory   
The Global Center for Health Security