Bridgewater College will welcome Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, an outbreak investigations specialist who spent time in West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014-15, as a guest speaker Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall.
McQuiston, who is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's deputy director for the division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, will discuss her
work with Ebola and the Zika virus.
McQuiston earner her
doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of
Veterinary Medicine. She has since worked with diseases included Rocky
Mountain spotted fever, Q fever and rabies. She also serves as a captain in the
U.S. Public Health Service and has taken part in a number of emergency
responses, which includes two deployments in West Africa during the Ebola
On 9/11, she was part of a CDC advance team that flew into
New York City to keep watch for potential bioterrorism events. She was the lead
member of a team that aided in the tracing of imported wildlife for the U.S.’s
first monkeypox outbreak in 2003 and also served on response teams for influenza
and global polio eradication under the CDC.
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