CDC Collaboration

The MMG Program has close ties with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is located adjacent to the Emory campus.  Four CDC investigators are affiliated with the MMG Program, Drs. Ruben Donis, Paul Rota, Tom Shinnick, and Terry Tumpey.  Students in the MMG Program have the opportunity to do laboratory rotations at CDC, and work under these CDC researchers for their thesis projects.  Several of the MMG faculty carry out collaborative research with other CDC investigators as well.  Overall, numerous opportunities exist for interaction with CDC scientists, including the Vaccine Dinner Club, which meets on the first Wednesday evening of every month in a program that involves a prominent invited speaker, with wine and cheese before the talk and a buffet dinner afterwards.  These networking opportunities have opened the doors for many trainees of MMG Program faculty to advance their careers with positions at the CDC.

Paul A. Rota, PhD

Current position: Lead Scientist, Measles Team
Measles, Mumps Rubella and Herpes Viruses Laboratory Branch
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA, USA


Education: PH.D. Microbiology and Public Health, Michigan State University, 1985

Postdoctoral:  Influenza Division Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1986-1988


Dr. Rota is the Lead Scientist for the Measles Team, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Herpes Viruses Laboratory Branch, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory University, Atlanta, GA and at the University of Georgia, Athens GA. He is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Microbiology and American Society for Virology. 

Dr. Rota has been working in the Measles Laboratory since 1991. His major responsibility is to support laboratory based surveillance for measles and mumps on a global scale. The Measles Team provides technical support to the WHO Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network as well as state and local public health laboratories in the United States. This support includes reference diagnostic testing and genotype analysis, development of new diagnostic assays, provision of validated kits, reagents and controls, facilitating laboratory training exercises and workshops, providing training to support molecular epidemiologic studies, and development of quality control programs. Research projects include development of methods to improve measles vaccines and diagnostic tests.

Hannah Creager

Current position: 2nd Year MMG Ph.D. Student 


Education: BS Medical Microbiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2012