PhD, Tulane University
MPH, University of Illinois
BS, California Polytechnic State University
Dr. Alys Adamski has over 10 years of experience working in fields related to public health. She received a Bachelors in Biochemistry and worked as a research assistant using molecular techniques to study the folding patterns of DNA. Her next position was as a member of the research team at Southern Illinois University, Infectious Diseases where she continued to conduct laboratory research and expanded into the field of public health. She was able interact with patients, discover their needs, and directly help them through the ongoing research at the university. She continued to work full time while obtaining a MPH. After completion of the MPH she accepted a position at the New York City Health Department, Public Health Laboratories. During the H1N1 outbreak, she provided laboratory data to assist in the outbreak investigations. While a PhD student at Tulane, she functioned as a program coordinator, program evaluator, data manager, interviewed research participants, and statistician for a multi-center study on Trichomonas vaginalis.
After graduating from Tulane she joined CDC as in the Division of Reproductive Health, Applied Sciences Branch. Where she worked with large datasets, PRAMS and BRFSS, and coordinated studies as program officer. When the opportunity to work on the Zika virus response arose in early 2016 she eagerly joined the Zika Emergency Operations Center. As a member of the Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Taskforce (PBTF) she was able to develop subject matter expertise on current Zika virus literature and then coordinate the dissemination of relevant information to state and local health departments and other CDC staff involved in the response. Since the deactivation of the PBTF emergency operations, she is working in the Nation Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities developing protocols and conducting systematic literature reviews.