CDC Collaboration

The MMG Program has close ties with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is located adjacent to the Emory campus. Currently, Drs. Jessica Belser, Bernardo Mainou and Paul Rota work with students and faculty in the MMG program. Depending on availability of placements, students in the MMG Program have the opportunity to do laboratory rotations at CDC, and work under CDC researchers for their dissertation projects. A number of our Emory-based students involve CDC investigators on their dissertation committees. Several of the MMG faculty carry out collaborative research with other CDC investigators as well. Overall, numerous opportunities exist for interaction with CDC scientists, including the Vaccine Dinner Club, which meets on the first Wednesday evening of every month in a program that involves a prominent invited speaker, with wine and cheese before the talk and a buffet dinner afterwards. These networking opportunities have opened the doors for many trainees of MMG Program faculty to advance their careers with positions at the CDC.