Linh M. Duong is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, and joined the Polimanti laboratory in October 2021. She works collaboratively with Dr. Polimanti on Gulf War illness (GWI) in Veterans research projects to identify genetic variants associated with GWI as well as to identify associations related to environmental exposures with the risk of developing GWI.
She also holds a dual role as an Epidemiologist in the Clinical Epidemiology Research Center (CERC), which is part of the Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Epidemiology Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs in West Haven, CT where she designs and conducts independent epidemiological and health services research investigations including projects that focus on GWI.
Linh has extensive public health and epidemiologic work experience in the lab and as a researcher. She previously worked as an Epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as an Emerging Leader Fellow at the CDC and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as a clinical research intern at Moffitt Cancer Center, as a NIH/NCI Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Fellow based in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a contact tracer/OPS Biological Administrator during the COVID-19 response for the Broward County Department of Public Health, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Linh’s public health skill sets include national disease surveillance and outbreak response, domestic and international experience in epidemiologic research, experience analyzing data related to infectious (e.g., HIV/AIDS, Human Papilloma Virus, Hepatitis C Virus) and chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease), experience in surveillance system evaluation/quality management, health disparities research including working with vulnerable populations in emergencies, and teaching public health courses.