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Brook Howland posing for photo with her dog

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Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of New Hampshire, 2019

My name is Brooke Howland. I was born and raised in New Hampshire. I studied Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Before graduating in the spring of 2019, I studied the infectious disease, Vibrio parahaemolyticus. I worked to identify and characterize the gene content in the bacterium’s mobile genetic island that permitted the development of more virulent pathogens with enhanced ecological fitness in the North Atlantic. The increasing emergence of infectious diseases captured my attention and concern for the public’s health. Countless opportunities of theoretical and practical training in the MS-IDGH program as well as the rigorous, one-year track led to my decision to join the program. My ultimate goal is to have a rewarding career at the CDC, researching zoonotic diseases and publishing works that contribute to the greater good of human and animal health. Outside of my professional life, I enjoy hiking with my dog, Jovi, competing in equestrian shows and exercising.