Dr. Nicole Basta, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, has been selected as one of five fellows for the inaugural Vaccine Fellow Program. The program, hosted by the journal Vaccine and the Edward Jenner Vaccine Society, is “dedicated to those who hold a faculty or programmatic affiliation…[and] have demonstrated a substantial track record of published papers and achievements in the field of vaccinology.”
Dr. Basta specializes in conducting large-scale, prospective epidemiological studies and is currently the PI for two longitudinal studies to assess the impact of meningococcal A vaccines in Mali and meningococcal B vaccines in the United States. Her previous research demonstrated that targeting school children for influenza vaccination could significantly reduce incidence across all ages. She aims to provide empirical evidence for developing targeted vaccination strategies to guide public health policy decisions.