Staff – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Catherine Tong, MPH

Program Assistant/Project Coordinator

Catherine (Cat) joined ISDS in February 2016. She currently supports the Research Committee and R Group for Biosurveillance. She is also spearheading an ISDS initiative to develop a research agenda in syndromic surveillance.

Cat has prior experience as a pre-veterinary undergraduate with interest in infectious/zoonotic diseases. At Cornell University, she conducted research on heterologous expression of protozoan proteins for her senior thesis. She has had numerous experiences volunteering and interning at wildlife rehabilitation centers and small animal hospitals. Deciding that she wanted to pursue a career in public health, she moved on to work at the Ann Chandler Public Health Center in the City of Berkeley after graduation. She then enrolled as an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health to build her expertise as a public health practitioner. Before joining ISDS, she worked as an Administrative/Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center within the Department of Family Medicine.Cat has a BS in Biological Sciences and Animal Science from Cornell University and an MPH in Global Health and Epidemiology from Boston University.

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