Noor Al-Alusi, MS is a Research Project Coordinator in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. As part of Dr. Jamila Stockman and Dr. Kiyomi Tsuyuki’s group, Noor assists with research on HIV, gender-based violence, and substance abuse in the US, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Noor received her master's degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and bachelor's degree in biology from UCLA. She first became interested in infectious diseases and global health in 2013 after observing the shocking prevalence of malaria while volunteering in Ghana. As an undergraduate, Noor assisted with research in the UCLA Department of Epidemiology on monkeypox and measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a graduate student, Noor became involved in research on the Zika virus epidemic at the CDC Dengue Branch in Puerto Rico. She used mathematical models to analyze how the timing of Zika virus infection during pregnancy relates to the risk of congenital Zika syndrome; this subsequently became the topic of her master’s thesis.
She pursued her interest in arboviruses in 2017 by traveling to São Paulo to study Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. This experience working in the favelas of Brazil reinforced her commitment to serving marginalized communities worldwide as a global health researcher.
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