Nina M. Gannon

DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
M.S., Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa
B.S., Bacteriology and Zoology, Iowa State University

Dr. Gannon is an assistant professor in public health sciences. She teaches the capstone course, focused upon writing of a scholarly paper, and mentors students in their research. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a full-time private practice veterinarian in Illinois and Iowa and an active member of the Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team, a homeland security state specialty response team, responding to agriculture and companion animal disasters. In addition, she is the associate director of the public health preparedness option, an academic advisor, and a member of the admissions committee. Her research interests include animals as sentinels for human disease, scholarly writing, and environmental risk factors.

Eugene Lengerich

VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Agricultural Economics and Operations Research, Penn State
B.S., Biology, Bowling Green State

Dr. Lengerich is professor of public health sciences and faculty director of the public health preparedness option. He teaches epidemiology and outbreak investigation and mentors students in independent research. He has led community and preparedness assessments for medical and public health students in international settings. Prior to joining Penn State, he conducted outbreak investigations as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and Preventive Medicine Resident at the US CDC. Following his experience at the federal level, he led epidemiologic investigations for North Carolina. His research interests are in global health security, outbreak detection, and disease mapping.

Gavin Macgregor-Skinner

B.V.S., Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, University of Queensland
M.Sc., Wild Animal Health, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Zoonotic Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, University of London
M.P.H., Epidemiology, International Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
M.R.C.V.S., Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Macgregor-Skinner is assistant professor in public health sciences and teaches courses on public health emergencies, biologic risk management, and training exercises. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, and C-SPAN to discuss his research in disaster medicine, preparedness, and health security. Prior to joining Penn State, he was an officer in the Australian and British militaries, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer for the US CDC, and a Prevention and Global Health Fellow for the US AID. He is the director of strategic partnerships in disaster medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine at the American University of the Caribbean.

Jennifer Osetek

Ph.D., Biodefense, George Mason University
M.H.S., Public Health Preparedness, Penn State
B.A., Specialized Honors in Neuroscience, Drew University

Dr. Osetek is a senior instructor in public health sciences. She directs the seminar series in preparedness and teaches courses on public health emergencies, terrorist events, and critical infrastructure. She is a 2008 alum of the program and has continued involvement with the program in various roles. Her Ph.D. dissertation developed a framework to examine the role of non-medical obstacles in public health responses and incorporated case studies of smallpox eradication in India and Central/Western Africa and the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is an officer in the US Coast Guard Reserve and a CBRNE research analyst focusing on biological and chemical defense.

Zhengmin Qian

Ph.D., Exposure/Epidemiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Rutgers University
MD, Tongji Medical University, China

Dr. Qian is professor of public health sciences at Penn State and professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at St. Louis University. He teaches courses in epidemiology, exposure assessment, and public health evaluation. His research interests are in environmental epidemiology, global health, and the medical and public health impact of air pollution. For more than 15 years, he been a key investigator in Health Effects of Long-term Air Pollution on Lung Function and Respiratory Health in Children and Adults in Four Chinese Cities, sponsored by the US EPA. Dr. Qian has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and reviews research proposals for federal agencies.

Bruce Rudy

D.Ed., Adult Education/Public Administration, Penn State
P.A., Albany Medical College
M.S., Mansfield University
B.S. East Stroudsburg University

Dr. Rudy is assistant professor of emergency medicine. He works clinically as a physician assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, he is the chief deputy with the Lebanon County (PA) Coroner's Office and is the public information officer with Western Lebanon Emergency Management Agency. He teaches courses on scholarly writing and mentors students on their research initiatives and publications. His research interests include preparation of medical specialties in public health preparedness; his publications have appeared in both academic and clinical peer-reviewed journals. In his spare time, he officiates soccer, basketball, and baseball at the collegiate level.