Ms. Seidel brings a wide-range of public health and epidemiologic experience to the AM TRACE team to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For over 10 years, Ms. Seidel has worked in several areas of public health, ranging from federal to state to local public health. As an epidemiologist with the U.S. Air Force’s DoD, Global Laboratory-based, Influenza Surveillance Program, she assisted in monitoring influenza and respiratory pathogens worldwide. The surveillance and data collected from the program was used to inform the FDA Advisory Committee on the selection of virus strains for the influenza vaccine. She also worked with the CDC’s Integrated, Food Safety Centers of Excellence in Colorado, educating and improving the surveillance and response to foodborne illness and outbreaks at local and state health departments in the Mountain region. In her most recent work, she was an epidemiologist at Denver Public Health, working with the local public health agency. She worked on understanding adverse events related to cannabis use to develop surveillance systems, led the epidemiologic response to a hepatitis A outbreak in the city of Denver, and was the team lead for case investigations and contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic for the city and county of Denver.
Ms. Seidel earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Millersville University, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at East Tennessee State University, and is finishing up her dissertation for her Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.