Ricotta Research Group

The Epidemiology and Data Management Unit (EDMU) leads and collaborates on studies involving understanding risk factors and transmission of infectious diseases, including leading NIAID's study evaluating the immune response to COVID-19 vaccines in individuals with immune disorders. The EDMU also focuses on the standardization of protocols for study development and data management of nonrandomized, clinical cohort studies to enhance the efficiency and reproducibility of infectious disease research, particularly during emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

Emily E. Ricotta, Ph.D., M.Sc. (She/Her/Hers)

Chief, Epidemiology and Data Management Unit

Independent Research Scholar

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Education:

Ph.D., 2018, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland

M.Sc., 2012, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Emily Ricotta received her Ph.D. in epidemiology in 2018 from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel where her research focused on how human behavior impacts the uptake and use of malaria prevention methods, specifically bed nets. Her M.Sc. in molecular microbiology and immunology was awarded in 2012 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for
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Fausto Andres Bustos Carrillo, M.A., Ph.D. (He/Him/His)

Epidemiologist and Data Science Fellow

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Education:

Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Harvard University
B.A., Stanford University

Languages Spoken: Spanish, French

Fausto received both a PhD in Epidemiology and an MA in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in Epidemiology from Harvard University; and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Human Biology from Stanford University. Fausto started his fellowship with the Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies (ODSET) where he used PubMed to understand the depth
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Emma Chang-Rabley, B.A. (They/She)

Post-baccalaureate IRTA

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Education:

B.A., Biological Sciences, Wellesley College

Emma is a first year IRTA in the Epidemiology and Data Management Unit. They are broadly interested in infectious disease epidemiology, global COVID-19 response, and how social determinants of health can inform data & implementation science. With Dr. Ricotta, Emma is working on a mixed methods study of data collection methods during infectious disease outbreaks and hopes to attend graduate school in public/global health after NIH.

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Maureen DeGrange, M.S., FNP-BC (She/Her/Hers)

Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner

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Education:

M.S., Family Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Maryland School of Nursing

B.S.N., Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

B.S., International Studies & Spanish Language, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Languages Spoken: Spanish

Maureen DeGrange is a Nurse Practitioner with Leidos BioMed at the NIH Clinical Center working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Inpatient Service and more recently with the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology, continuing clinical and research work with immune dysregulation and infectious disease patient populations.

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Anita Ginigeme, M.S. (She/Her/Hers)

Clinical Study Coordinator

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Education:

M.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

B.S., Basic Medical Sciences, Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University

Anita is a trained Clinical Researcher who has conducted both independent and collaborative research focused on cancer biology and infectious diseases.

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Lurline Wu, M.S., FNP-BC (She/Her/Hers)

Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner

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Education:

M.S., Nursing, Simmons University
B.S., Nursing, Marymount University
B.S., Biochemistry & Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego

Lurline Wu is a Nurse Practitioner within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and Microbiology. She currently serves in a hybrid role as clinical protocol coordinator and Nurse Practitioner, working with immune dysregulations and infectious disease populations. She has experience in clinical investigation drug trials in which she serves to ensure that both protocol compliance and patient safety are met to the highest standards.

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Mackenzie Zendt, M.P.H. (She/Her/Hers)

Epidemiologist

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Education:

M.P.H., Epidemiology, Georgia State University

B.A., Public Health, Elon University

B.A., International Studies, Elon University

Languages Spoken: Spanish, French

Mackenzie Zendt is an Epidemiologist in the Epidemiology and Data Management Unit. She formerly served as a Presidential Management Fellow at NIH, where she rotated through various positions at CDC, USAID, HHS, and the Department of State in roles related to COVID-19 data, policy, and scientific program management.

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