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Welcome to the ORISE Research Participation Programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On this site you will find information about these educational and training programs, designed to engage students and recent graduates in the public health research performed at the CDC. Whether you are interested in joining the programs, are a current participant, or are a CDC employee sponsoring or mentoring participants, our site has valuable information for you. We welcome you to learn more about our programs by selecting the category that best describes you.

Luis Rodriguez

Research Profile - Luis Rodriguez

"Perhaps one of the most interesting memories relates to an incident that happened shortly after arriving at CDC. I was selected to be part of the CDC Ebola response in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo," Rodriguez said. "Former CDC branch director and virologist C.J. Peters called me into his office and asked, 'How do you feel around dead people?'. He then explained that I would be conducting research in the hospital morgue in Kikwit, Zaire, during my deployment."

Krista Queen

Research Profile - Krista Queen

As an ORISE fellow, Krista greatly enjoys how different each day can be. Assignments are very dynamic, with projects like the MERS Coronavirus sometimes needing immediate attention. Through her participation in the fellowship, Queen has learned about the many tools available for pathogen discovery. She has added molecular techniques, such as next-generation sequencing, to her lab repertoire. The ORISE fellowship has provided a great opportunity for Queen to grow as a scientist while doing research with innovative leaders in the field of virology. Her scientific thinking process and writing skills have matured. She realizes the field has much room for advancement. “Many diseases still don’t have an identifiable etiology,” said Queen.

Nomana Khan

Research Profile - Dr. Nomana Khan

Dr. Nomana M. Khan has an extensive background in the health field. Before joining the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, she earned her Medical and Master of Public Health degrees, worked as a physician, and served with the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. At the CDC, she is working on a number of research projects, including developing protocols for investigating communicable diseases in mobile populations, a descriptive study to understand the profile of business travelers and economic analysis of pre-travel consultations. While in the program, she had learned research, data analysis, scientific writing and communication skills. Her favorite part of her time at the CDC has been “working with amazingly talented and dedicated professionals…and having an opportunity to work on several diversified projects across the Division.”

Latoya Simmons

Research Profile - Latoya Simmons

Latoya Simmons received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kent State University, and then worked as a cardiovascular tissue dissector before joining the ORISE programs at the CDC. She is part of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases which investigates enteric disease outbreaks. They strive to improve the rapid coordination, detection, and response to multistate foodborne illnesses. While in the ORISE program, she has contributed to the coordination of epidemiologic response to outbreaks; laboratory-based surveillance; and outbreak surveillance and analysis at the national level. It has been particularly rewarding for her to gain first-hand experience in each multidisciplinary aspect, and to see how her daily activities at the CDC impact the nation’s food safety. In addition to her research, she enjoys volunteering as a tour guide at the CDC Museum.