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Forecaster's Series: Dr. AJ Troiano '06 - The Future of COVID-19

The Forecasters Series showcases alumni leaders and up-and-comers in their industries who will "forecast" the next 18 months in their respective areas of expertise. Epidemiology, higher education, and professional sports are just a few of the topics slated for discussion. This collection of leaders is sure to help you understand the changes in their fields and explain how these changes may alter your daily lives. Whether your interest is professional or personal, these one-hour presentations are sure to enlighten, and help all of us navigate the future.
 
A forecaster himself, Bruce Cobbold, taught us Heraclitus’ famous axiom, “Change is the only constant in life.” While this may never be truer than it is today, we are certainly better than ever at forecasting.
Drawing upon his diverse laboratory experience as well as his work on the front lines of the Ebola pandemic in 2015-16, Dr. AJ Troiano will offer his insider perspective on the future of COVID-19, vaccine production, epidemiology, and how emerging infectious diseases are reshaping the world in which we live. In his current role, Troiano works with life science companies, public health laboratories, academic institutions, and hospitals both locally in the Greater Boston area and internationally. His scope of services encompasses biological risk mitigation, pandemic preparedness and response, clinical laboratory operations, business continuity, feasibility and risk assessments, and, most importantly, training frontline staff.
Troiano is a classically trained microbiologist and Registered Biological Safety Professional (RBP) through the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). With experience across public health, academic, life science, and commercial industries, he uses his scientific pedigree to address complex issues surrounding emerging infectious diseases, synthetic biology, novel scientific technologies, and gene therapies. His previous titles include biomedical scientist, biosafety officer, CDC Federal Select Agent Program Responsible Official, consultant, and educator. Troiano now serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for Safer Behaviors, a behavioral-based solutions service that educates individuals and companies on the risks of infectious diseases, based in Atlanta, Georgia.  
Troiano holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and classics from the University of New Hampshire and a PhD in biomedical science from the University of Connecticut.


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