B.S. and M.S., Bucknell University; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University
Megan Vodzak is a research specialist for Smithsonian's Global Health Program. She currently works on the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threat PREDICT project in Myanmar and Kenya. PREDICT conducts viral surveillance in humans, domestic animals, and wildlife at high risk human/animal interfaces. Vodzak’s background includes both research and field experiences in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been able to study various aspects of bat physiology, disease ecology, biodiversity, immunology, and pathogens. Highlights of her research include helping to characterize a new genus of a rarely caught African bat, Niumbaha superba, studying how White-nose syndrome affects hibernating bat species, and studying immune function in several species of fruit bats.
Vodzak received both a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Master of Science in Biology from Bucknell University where she also spent time as a laboratory technician and research associate. Her interests in infectious diseases led Megan to pursue a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There she concentrated in infectious diseases and obtained certificates in Vaccine Science & Policy and Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals.