Dr. Lauren Pischel obtained her undergraduate degree in biology at Brown University and worked in the lab of Dr. Jake Kurtis on the development of a pediatric malaria vaccine. She obtained her MD at Stanford where she conducted research with Dr. Julie Parsonnet on the impact of an antimicrobial triclosan on the human microbiome. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Yale where she was awarded the primary care award for the Fair Haven Community Health Center. She subsequently pursued here fellowship in infectious diseases and her masters of science of public health in the epidemiology of infectious diseases. Her current interests include the epidemiology and spread of COVID-19, vaccine effectiveness research and emerging infectious diseases with her work with Dr. Saad B Omer and Inci Yildirim, as well as interactions of infectious diseases with climate change and changing environmental landscapes.