Global Health Symposium Speakers

Dr. Tara C. Smith
Tara C. Smith, PhD
Antibiotic Resistance: Local is Global
Dr. Tara Smith is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Kent State University College of Public Health, which she joined in August 2013. An Ohio native, she previously spent 9 years in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where she directed the College’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. Dr. Smith was the first to identify livestock-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States, and has pioneered the investigation of this organism in the U.S. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She has presented her research at numerous national and international platforms, including talks on Capitol Hill on the topic of agriculture and antibiotic resistance.
Dr. Koya C. Allen
Koya C. Allen, MSPH, MS, PhD
Detection is Prevention: DoD Biosurveillance & Outbreak Investigations
Dr. Koya Allen is an Infectious Disease Subject Matter Expert in the Counter Biothreats Cell of U.S. European Command Headquarters for the US Department of Defense. Prior to that Dr. Allen was an Epidemiologist in the Division of Integrated Biosurveillance at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC). Dr. Allen is currently serving as Councilor for the ASTMH Committee on Global Health and serves on working groups including the White House National Science and Technology (S&T) Council Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting S&T Working Group. Dr. Allen completed her PhD in Prevention Science from Kent State University. She also completed an MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and MSPH in Parasitology &Tropical Medicine from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.
Marcus Lacerda, MD, PhD
Marcus Lacerda, MD, PhD
Brazilian Tropical Medicine: Scents from the Amazon
Dr. Marcus Lacerda was born in Taguatinga (Federal District), Brazil. He obtained his Medical Degree from the University of Brasília and works as a physician in the Tropical Medicine Foundation Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado (FMT-HVD) and as researcher at Centro de Pesquisas Leônidas E Maria Deane (FIOCRUZ-Amazonas). Dr. Lacerda is also adjunct faculty at Kent State University, serving as lead faculty for the Global Health Immersion Course in Manaus, Brazil. He is an expert in infectious diseases. Since 2007 he has coordinated the International Center for Clinical Malaria Research (CIPCliM) in Manaus (Brazilian Amazon), and currently is the Director of Research at FMT-HVD. He also serves as a consultant for the World Health Organization on Plasmodium vivax malaria.