Meeting Link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join
Date and Time: June 29, 2023, 3 - 4 pm
Dr. Kayla Laserson, is the Deputy Director, Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Delivery Cluster, India Country Office of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her focus areas at the Foundation India office include TB, visceral leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, vaccine delivery and disease surveillance. She also coordinated BMGF India’s COVID-19 response. Prior to starting this role (January 2019), she was the CDC India Country Director and the CDC India Division of Global Health Program Director for 6 years, based in Delhi. In these roles, Dr. Laserson oversaw CDC’s platform in India, provided technical assistance to support India’s developing role in Global Health Security, oversaw partnerships and collaborations with the Government of India, and directed CDC’s scientific strategy in India. Dr. Laserson previously served as the CDC Resident Advisor of the India Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program, based in New Delhi. From 2006-2013, Dr. Laserson was the Director of the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration in Kisumu, Kenya, where she oversaw 1,700 staff members and a comprehensive research platform in HIV, malaria, tuberculosis (TB), emerging infectious diseases, demographic surveillance, and programmatic service delivery of HIV care, treatment, and prevention programs. Dr. Laserson received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her Doctorate of Science from Harvard School of Public Health in infectious disease epidemiology, concentrating on malaria molecular epidemiology. Dr. Laserson is an adjunct professor at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Laserson has worked extensively in Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, Russia, Latvia, Vietnam, and India and has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles.