Jennifer Adjemian, PhD
Captain, U.S. Public Health Service
Director, Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Deputy Director for Public Health Science and Surveillance
Jennifer Adjemian, PhD (CAPT, USPHS), is director, Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS), with professional experience across three federal agencies leading advanced epidemiologic research, managing public health programs, and overseeing infectious disease surveillance and outbreak responses.
As DHIS director, CAPT Adjemian provides leadership and oversight of programs that span the continuum of case surveillance, including electronic case reporting, the NEDSS Base System, and the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). In addition, she oversees the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), which monitors emergency department visits from 70% of the nation’s hospitals, and the CDC Data Hub, which acquires healthcare datasets for agency-wide use and provides data to the public through CDC WONDER. She also oversees the division’s development of information systems for data collection, exchange, and processing, including Epi Info, POD Assist, and the Message Validation, Processing, and Provisioning System.
Previously, she served as chief of the Surveillance and Data Branch (SDB) in DHIS, where she oversaw activities for NNDSS and NSSP. In this role, she managed SDB efforts aimed at modernizing and maximizing the quality, timeliness, and analytic use of national disease surveillance data for the rapid dissemination of critical public health information across federal, state, and local levels.
CAPT Adjemian completed her PhD in epidemiology with a focus on zoonotic and vector-borne diseases from the University of California, Davis, in 2007 and was immediately commissioned into the US Public Health Service (USPHS) through the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. In EIS, CAPT Adjemian was assigned to the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch where she led numerous public health emergency responses and outbreak investigations globally.
Following EIS, CAPT Adjemian served as the first-ever infectious disease epidemiologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In 2010 she transferred to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a lead research epidemiologist.
From 2015–2018, CAPT Adjemian served as the deputy chief of the Epidemiology Unit in NIAID, NIH. In this role, she managed a large and diverse epidemiologic research agenda aimed at identifying novel risk factors for rare infectious diseases. Her work included groundbreaking research on the epidemiology of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease and numerous studies on high-priority pathogens, including Ebola and Lassa viruses, tick-borne diseases, and antimicrobial resistance.
In 2019, CAPT Adjemian returned to CDC as chief of the Surveillance and Data Branch in DHIS.
CAPT Adjemian has been a highly involved officer since commissioning into the USPHS in 2007. She held numerous leadership roles throughout her tenure and has been especially active on the Scientist Professional Advisory Committee (SciPAC), where she served as a voting member since 2012 and led as an executive board member and subcommittee chair for 7 years, including as the SciPAC Chair.
CAPT Adjemian also has been an active member of the USPHS Applied Public Health Team (APHT)-1 since 2011 and was selected in 2018 to lead as the APHT-1 Team Commander for a 3-year term. She has responded to numerous public health emergencies, including with CDC for outbreaks of COVID-19, e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI), Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Uganda, murine typhus in Texas, unknown neurological illnesses in Indiana, Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Arizona, and Zika virus in Puerto Rico; with BOP for community-acquired pneumonia and tuberculosis outbreaks; and with NIH for the management of Ebola virus-infected patients and outbreaks of nontuberculous mycobacteria among cystic fibrosis patient facilities.
CAPT Adjemian is extremely passionate about mentorship and serves as an involved mentor to many Corps officers and civilian federal employees. While serving as PAC Chair, she prioritized the development of several important initiatives aimed at improving mentoring opportunities for junior officers up for promotion and for those in need of agency-specific mentorship.
CAPT Adjemian has received numerous USPHS, agency, and community-level awards for her contributions to the Corps and public health, including three NIH Director’s awards, the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal, USPHS Outstanding Service Medal, VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award, and both the Junior and Senior Scientist of the Year awards.