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Heather Dron, Program Associate
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heather.dron@ucsf.edu

Ms. Dron is a public health professional engaged by diverse issues related to the emergence and spread of infectious disease. These interests encompass both environmental and social factors that facilitate emergence, ensuing social consequences, and the ethics of biomedical interventions used to control and treat infectious disease worldwide. In pursuing these interests, Ms. Dron has worked on a range of research projects, studying human population genetics using a gene involved in immunity (HLA); interviewing Latina women about family planning educational materials; engaging in research on HIV prevention and transmission among discordant couples in Africa; and writing her master's thesis on hypothetical HPV vaccine acceptability among mothers attending health clinics in La Paz, Bolivia. In the context of CHI, Ms. Dron addresses prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in low-resource settings, with particular focus on capacity building, care of women and children living with HIV, and the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Education
Emory University, MPH 2007, Global Health, Infectious Disease
University of California, Berkeley, BA 2000, Genetics

Experience
Spring 2007 Survey Methods Teaching Assistant, Emory
Summer 2006 Thesis work, Fundación Boliviana Contra Cancer, Bolivia
2005-2006 Research Assistant, Hunter HIV Laboratory, Emory
2004-2005 Interviewer, Apoyando a la Mujer Latina, U.C. Davis
2002-2004 Research Associate, International Histocompatibility Working Group (IHWG), Oakland Children's Hospital Research Institute

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