About Jerne J Shapiro
I have over 20 years of epidemiology experience, including applied epidemiology experience serving as a fellow in the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service and as the County Epidemiologist for Alachua County. I am currently a Faculty member in the Epidemiology Department at the University of Florida and serve as the Director and Lead Epidemiologist for the University’s COVID-19 control and mitigation response, formally known as Screen, Test, & Protect. Additionally, I am an Epidemiology Supervisor for the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, where I have overseen up to 40 employees at one time to develop and analyze surveillance activities and conduct COVID case investigations. Surveillance activities have included wastewater epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, sentinel surveillance, congregate dorm and Greek Housing, and pre-school and K-12 research schools. My early career work was with the Florida Department of Health and focused on outbreak investigations at both the state and county levels. This work required me to conduct epidemiological investigations and some of the larger outbreak investigations have included Viral Meningitis, locally acquired Malaria, Hepatitis A, Salmonella, MRSA, West Nile Virus via blood transfusion, SARS, and Norovirus. I also enjoy mentoring and teaching both undergrad and graduate students about the power and importance of Public Health.