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Grant Whitman waves against background of orange and photo of lake

Meet Grant Whitman! 

Over the past four years, Grant Whitman has walked the halls of CERID, wearing many different hats. Grant first came to the Van Voorhis lab as a student lab assistant while working towards a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Contracting a love for research, Grant stayed on after graduation as a Research Scientist involved in the bumped kinase inhibitor drug development for the treatment of Apicomplexa-caused diseases. This fall he continues his education at the University of Washington as an MPH candidate in Environmental and Occupational Health: “I’m excited to be starting my MPH program and working with the Cangelosi Lab in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences where I will be further evaluating non-invasive oral swabs for the detection of tuberculosis.” Over the past year he has been integral in developing a safety team at CERID, organizing meetings, developing protocols, and issuing a monthly newsletter on lab safety. He has also been an important partner in the redesign of the CERID website and continues to update content. After graduate school, Grant hopes to continue working the infectious disease arena, particularly in infectious disease surveillance and pandemic preparedness. Outside of the lab you can find him enjoying all things Pacific Northwest including the great outdoors, pizza, and coffee.

Mountain framed by tree branches in snow

“I’m excited to be starting my MPH program and working with the Cangelosi Lab in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences where I will be further evaluating non-invasive oral swabs for the detection of tuberculosis.”

Fast Facts About Grant!

Hometown: Sykesville, Maryland

Skill Set: Mass Spec, in vitro safety, toxicology studies and properties, lab safety

Favorite Pathogen: Toxoplasma gondii 

Favorite Contribution to Science: “Not necessarily my favorite, but my most humbling experience has been getting to analyze samples from the Malawi clinical trial. It’s been an opportunity for me to reflect on the work that I do and consider the people that it impacts.”

Favorite Publication and Why: "This is the first paper that I was included on as an author. It was an awesome feeling to see all the work that I had done as a student put together, published, and spark further studies and questions."

Hulverson MA, Vinayak S, Choi R, et al. Bumped-Kinase Inhibitors for Cryptosporidiosis Therapy [published correction appears in J Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 4;217(2):340]. J Infect Dis. 2017;215(8):1275–1284. doi:10.1093/infdis/jix120

International Site Engagements: “Interacting with groups all over the country and around the world has been a wonderful view into the collaborative nature of our work. From Seattle Washington to Tucson Arizona to Madrid Spain, I am in awe of the expanse of the work being done in our field.”

Favorite Coffee Order: Drip coffee. Latte or mocha if I want to treat myself.

Favorite Fresh Flours pastry: Chocolate almond croissant

Best Thing about PNW: "Sunrises and sunsets. The water and mountains provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable mornings and evenings."

What Others May Not Know about You: “I love to play tennis (but it’s been a while since I’ve played). Would be great to have some SLU tennis partners.”

Line of photos of the PNW nature scapes as submitted by Grant