2nd Year MPH: Connor Van Meter

2nd Year MPH: Connor Van Meter

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

For this week’s #IamEmoryEpi spotlight, we met up with Connor Van Meter!

Tell us a little bit about your academic history:

I graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2015 after studying mathematics and anthropology.

What are your primary research interests?

My primary research interests are in both perinatal and infectious disease epidemiology. Specifically, I am interested in congenital infections and infectious disease dynamics and modeling.

What did you do this past summer?

This summer I worked on a team at CDC that specializes in emerging threats to mothers and babies. I supported projects in surveillance and research of Zika virus and other pathogens that can be transmitted from mothers to their children during pregnancy.

Are there any exciting projects or experiences you are involved in right now?

The research group I work with is reviewing responses to the Emory American Men’s Internet Survey. Results from the analysis may be used to inform transmission models of HIV among men who have sex with men. These models may be used to guide policy and prevention measures.

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Rollins?

There are so many kind, conscientious, and intelligent people here with many different interests and different backgrounds. I’m always learning.

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH students?

Easier said than done, but try not to over-commit. Always make time for the most important things, like yourself, your family, and your friends.

What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?

My favorite podcast is This American Life. Sundays at noon on 90.1 FM WABE but also streaming online or downloadable on the app! Generally two or three original stories each week are shared based around a central theme detailing life across America.

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

  1. I can say the entire alphabet backwards.
  2. I sing in my car when no one is riding with me.
  3. I can sing the entire alphabet backwards in my car when no one is riding with me.

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