#WeAreEmoryEpi: Meet Alexander Webber
Alexander Webber is a second-year MPH student in Epidemiology who researches planning and response to parasitic diseases. We got a chance to ask him more about his academic and personal interests!
Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.
I received my B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biomathematics from SUNY Geneseo in Western NY.
What are your primary research interests?
I am interested in parasitic disease, and the applications of network modeling in planning and response.
How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?
It’s not ideal, but I always prioritize mental health over coursework when trying to balance the two. Most importantly, I talk to my friends. I have wonderful friends here at Rollins and I speak to my friends from undergrad almost every day.
Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?
I’ve been working as a case investigation team lead with the Fulton County Board of Health since June. It’s been very fulfilling to be involved with local COVID response.
What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?
The people, hands down. I’ve learned a lot from coursework, but getting to know my peers has been an incredible experience.
What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and work together. If you’re struggling, chances are your classmates are too.
What books are you currently reading, or what podcasts are you currently listening to?
I recently finished reading “Mythos” by Stephen Fry. I highly recommend it for any other mythology fans out there.
What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
1) I have a healthy obsession with Greek mythology…all mythology, really. 2) My idea of a fun night is coding and playing video games (whiskey optional). 3) I love to travel. As soon as it’s safe, I’ll be returning to England and Iceland.
Thanks to Alex for taking the time to introduce himself to us. We’ll be back with another #WeAreEmoryEpi feature next week!