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PhD Student

Department of Epidemiology

Oumar Diallo is a first year PhD student in epidemiology. He is broadly interested in applying epidemiological methods including molecular epidemiology to better understand the interface between infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases both at the pathophysiological and health system levels in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, he is interested in how to better integrate epidemiology and laboratory data to characterize, monitor and control infectious diseases to inform targeted public health interventions. He is excited about exploring this area of research during his PhD and learning from IDEEL members and collaborators.

Prior to pursuing his PhD, Oumar worked as an epidemiologist at US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he supported countries in the meningitis belt of Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen their case-based meningitis surveillance system and respond to meningitis epidemics.

Oumar holds an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a BA from Carleton College, where he majored in anthropology and sociology. While at Carleton College, his research as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow focused on the lived experiences of young adults living with type 1 diabetes. He remains involved in this area of research and plans to expand this interest during his PhD.

If he is not spending time with his family, you can find him on a couch on Saturday/Sunday mornings watching the Premier League, Chelsea to be precise. He loves to travel (visited 12 countries in past 5 years and crossed the Atlantic over 30 times), play team sports (soccer and basketball, especially) and be outdoors.