RVF/CCHF Research Assistant
“I am passionate about One Health approaches because they require multidisciplinary collaboration and recognize the interconnections between humans, animals, and their environment. I feel fortunate to be a part of the EcoHealth Alliance team, where I can use my skills to contribute to the identification of risk factors that are important for the prevention and prediction of outbreaks."
As a research assistant, Johana supports both the Rift Valley fever project and the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever project at EcoHealth Alliance. She contributes by assisting with administrative maintenance, supporting reproducible data curation, and maintaining collaborations with domestic and international project leaders. She enjoys working with the different teams to expand and evolve partnerships and promote creative thinking.
Prior to joining EcoHealth Alliance, Johana earned her BS in Biotechnology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and worked in a cell genetics lab at the University of Minnesota before shifting her career focus to community health. This led her to complete a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she focused on One Health approaches to zoonotic disease prevention. Johana brings diverse research experiences and is excited to participate in advancing the One Health centered work being done at EcoHealth Alliance.