Daniel Lane, PhD candidate

University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

What inspired you to study public health? 

The intersection of human history, infectious diseases, and how science has shaped health led me to public health. So many moments in peoples lives are determined by their help. There is no better intersection of bench science, clinical science, and public policy than the field of public health.

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far? 

I love inspiring young people to join public health or the sciences. Sharing my excitement around infectious disease research and public health has hopefully inspired others around me to learn more about these topics.

Where did you do your practicum? What was it about? 

I did not do a practicum as I do full-time research as a PhD student. My research is looking at developing host-directed therapies to reduce the burden of time on treatments for tuberculosis.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

I want to further my studies in infectious diseases and apply that information to outbreak investigation and biodefense research. I hope to also apply this knowledge and research skills to training the next generation by teaching.


Network early and often. There is so much interesting research and many interesting opportunities and stories from the diverse group of people working in the field. Seek them out and continue to grow and learn.

If you are working, what is your job? 

I am a PhD student right now working as a Graduate Student Researcher in the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

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