Katie WaldoStudent | Full-time | United States of America
MSc Control of Infectious DiseasesContact Katie Waldo
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Food Science at Washington State University, where I also worked as a cheesemaker before graduating in 2017 and moving to Portland, Oregon to work in food safety and quality. Following my time there I moved to Rwanda for two years as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer focusing on maternal and child health as well as Malaria control in Northern Rwanda. In addition to this I also have several years of experience working with control programs for internal parasites and other diseases in livestock, specifically ruminants.
Research interests or career goals
I am most interested in infectious viral respiratory diseases, specifically influenza, and outbreak control and am hoping to pursue a PhD in One Health following my masters. Ideally, I would like to end up working in emergency and pandemic response in North America, Northern and Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
Why I chose LSHTM/my programme
I’ve always been someone who believed that the most important work is done at the intersections of disciplines and I felt that LSHTM and the CID course specifically, reflected this same belief. LSHTM puts an emphasis on selecting students from a wide range of backgrounds resulting in a classroom filled with state pandemic planners, doctors, vaccine specialists, veterinarians, humanitarian workers, engineers and so many others that come from all over the world to meet here. In this kind of environment, the problems you discuss and projects you work on stop being theoretical and instead are based off of the lived experiences of the students and professors around you, and that was exactly what I was looking for.