At-Large Board Director, Early Career
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kara received her B.S. in microbiology from Northern Arizona University, her M.P.H. in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan, and served as a CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow at the Iowa public health laboratory. She completed her Ph.D. in immunology and infectious disease at the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, where she studied vaccine development and host-pathogen interaction in Vibrio cholerae. After obtaining her Ph.D., she completed a CPEP fellowship in clinical microbiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she works for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a Laboratory Leadership Service fellow, where her focus is on laboratory management and outbreak response at the New Hampshire public health laboratory.