Hi, I’m Annette — a teacher, a researcher, an epidemiologist, and a new mother.
I initially started this blog, because I wanted to share my ongoing research with a wider community. But more recently, I have started to summarize important events in vaccine science. My reasoning for this was to make this information more available to the general community. While my opinions in my blog may be my own, they do come with 14+ years of experience in the field.
In addition to my bachelors degree, I have completed six years of graduate-level training in epidemiology and infectious diseases. I hold two masters degrees and a PhD in Infectious Diseases. I have worked for federal and state public health agencies, including the US CDC and state health departments. I currently teach Epidemiology and Biostatistics to public health students at the University of San Francisco and I have the honor of mentoring several doctoral and masters students and postdoctoral scientists.
My research is dedicated to epidemiological investigations into issues that impact maternal health. I mostly focus on the influence of maternal factors (e.g., vaccination, time since last pregnancy, infection) on infant health and how poor health outcomes can be prevented. I am also interested in improving access to vaccines and lead research identifying barriers to immunization services (particularly among underserved groups) and developing interventions to improve access to immunization.