Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

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Donna L. Bishop, Editor

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Student Working with PHICOR Group Receives Scholarship

Bruce Lee, MD, MBA, and the Public Health Computational and Operations Research (PHICOR) group are proud to announce that Michelle Lee, a 17-year-old junior at North Allegheny High School, received a scholarship of $50,000 as a national winner of the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition in Washington, DC.

Michelle (Sunjoo) has worked with the PHICOR group since she was a freshman in high school. Her research has focused on developing models to better understand the control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This work has been part of the Applied Modeling Project, headed by Dr. Lee, a core faculty member of the Section of Decision Sciences and Clinical Systems Modeling, Division of General Internal Medicine, and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory.

The PHICOR group focuses on developing economic and operational computational models and simulations to help decision makers tackle infectious diseases of global importance, including health careľassociated infectious diseases and vaccine-preventable diseases. The group consists of over 30 individuals, including college students, medical students, master's-level and PhD-level analysts, and postdoctoral associates. Rachel R. Bailey, PhD, has served as the group's coordinator for the past few years and has transitioned to the Epidemiology Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sarah M. McGlone, MPH, is now coordinator of PHICOR.

The Applied Modeling Project is part of the University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence, which is led by Donald S. Burke, MD, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health.

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