Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Free-living amebae, including Naegleria fowleri
Jennifer Cope, MD, MPH
Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, NCEZID
Jennifer Cope, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist and infectious disease physician with the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. She oversees the free-living ameba program which supports clinical, epidemiologic, laboratory, and communication activities related to the free-living amebae (Naegleria, Balamuthia, Acanthamoeba, and Sappinia).
Dr. Cope began her career at CDC in 2009 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer assigned to the North Dakota Department of Health through the EIS Field Assignments Branch. She joined the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch as a Preventive Medicine Resident in 2011 and transitioned to her current role as medical epidemiologist in 2013.
Dr. Cope obtained a BS in Microbiology from Penn State University and received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the Emory University hospitals and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and infectious disease fellowship training at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.
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