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Education Committee

The purpose of the Education and Professional Development Committee is to coordinate and guide SER’s efforts on education aimed at trainees, junior, and mid-career epidemiologists. The committee will supervise and coordinate education events that occur during the year and during the annual meeting, including SERdigital, SERtalks, SERplaylists and the Early Stage Investigator Project. The committee may develop other areas in which SER can fulfill its mission for education.


Catherine Lesko

Education Committee Chair

Catherine Lesko received her MPH from Emory University and her PhD from the University of North Carolina. She is currently a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work focuses on applying causal methods to cohort data and improving the HIV care continuum.


 615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7634
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Phone: 410-614-6517


Jessie K. Edwards

Education Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Jess Edwards is a research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on using quantitative epidemiologic methods to improve public health, particularly in the area of HIV. Substantively, she is interested in estimating effects of interventions along the HIV continuum of care using clinical data. Methodologically, she focuses on techniques for causal inference in settings with complex or high dimensional exposure plans, measurement error and missing data.


Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2102E McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Education Committee Members

Aderonke Akinkugbe

Daniel Antiporta

Laura Balzer

Tarik Benmarhnia

Veena Billioux

Ellen Caniglia

Lorraine Dean


Audrey Djibo

Jessie Edwards

William Goedel

Marni Jacobs

Elizabeth Jensen

Lindsay Kobayashi

Eleanor Hayes – Larson

Catherine Lesko

Xiaojuan Li

Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist

Christina Ludema

Brandon Marshall

Kara Rudolph

Claudia Salinas

Louisa Smith

Peter Tennant

Priyanka Vakkalanka

Brian Whitcomb

Seungmi Yang