Isa received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and her Master of Health Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2015. Her master’s thesis centered on the potential of the oral microbiota for diagnostic and preventative use. She served as Spanish-language consultant for the JHSPH publication The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development.
Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Isa was a county epidemiologist and part of a public health emergency preparedness team. Isa’s interests lie in health equity, underserved communities, health education, and bilingual health/science literacy. She has experience conducting stereology on Parkinson’s model mice and preparing specimens for public health labs. Isa has experience at the Baltimore City Health Department STD clinic, the Baltimore Esperanza Center (a free clinic), and created original health literature for diverse interest groups. She has worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant and maintains a Medical Office Assistant certification.
Isa is currently a Research Specialist for the STAR Autism Research Core, a team of research staff that is part of the Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative. She helps coordinate RA management and helps to facilitate several research studies.
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