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UNI Department of Biology to host Alumni in Residence on April 13

April 10, 2017

David Saunders, department head, UNI Department of Biology, 319-273-2456,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology will host communicable disease specialist Susann Ahrabi-Fard as an Alumni in Residence at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 13, in Room 001 of the McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus.

Ahrabi-Fard’s presentation, “Public Health, Outbreaks and Tales from the Field: 20 Years of Communicable Disease Surveillance,” will explore her career in public health, which has included conducting disease surveillance, responding to disease outbreaks and investigating national outbreaks, including anthrax, H1N1, Ebola and the Zika virus.

Ahrabi-Fard received her B.A. and M.A. from UNI and was chosen for a national “Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory Training Fellowship” through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was later stationed at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene where she completed rotations in bacteriology, tuberculosis and virology. Ahrabi-Fard is currently a communicable disease epidemiologist for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases with the Division of Public Health for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

For more information, contact David Saunders, department head for the Department of Biology, at 319-273-2456 or