2023

"We Asked 6 Infectious Disease Experts What's Changed Since The Pandemic Began"

For the past three years, the LAist newsroom's public affairs show "AirTalk" — which airs weekdays on 89.3 FM — has dedicated hundreds of on-air hours to COVID-19 coverage. One of the ways AirTalk has been able to deliver this information is through a powerhouse roster of COVID-19 experts working on the frontlines who offered their time and answered your questions.

We brought the experts together for a special live event at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, and asked them how their lives have personally changed, what they’d change about public messaging looking back and how we use what we’ve learned to prepare for the next global health crisis — and much more.

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Health Policy and Management
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Irish del Rosario
Epidemiology
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Catherine Chanfreau
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Biostatistics
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Adelin Lo
Health Policy and Management
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Matthew Mimiaga
Matthew J. Mimiaga
Epidemiology
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Jenna Mendoza
Health Policy and Management
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Nicole Hadjioannou
Nicole Hadjioannou
Epidemiology
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Clifford Ko
Clifford Ko
Health Policy and Management
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Joseph Fong
Joseph Fong
Epidemiology
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William G. Cumberland
Biostatistics
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Brian Bradbury
Epidemiology
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Kirstie Allen
Kristie Allen

Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Martin L. Lee
Martin L. Lee
Biostatistics
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Warren Scott Comulada
Warren Scott Comulada
Health Policy and Management
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Hamid Arabzadeh
Environmental Health Sciences
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Annette Bartlett

Senior Academic Payroll and Human Resources Analyst

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Roshan Bastani
Health Policy and Management
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Zunyou Wu
Epidemiology
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Wendelin Slusser
Community Health Sciences
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Li Li
Epidemiology
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Jessica Tuan
Jessica Tuan

Project Coordinator

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William Comanor
Health Policy and Management
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Staff Human Resources Analyst

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Christie Jeon
Epidemiology
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Carol Mangione
Health Policy and Management
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Vickie Mays
Health Policy and Management
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Mel Suffet
Irwin Suffet
Environmental Health Sciences
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Rachel Bolanos
Rachel Bolanos
Epidemiology
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Laura Erskine
Laura Erskine
Health Policy and Management
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Curtis Eckhert
Curtis Eckhert
Environmental Health Sciences
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Peter R. Kerndt
Epidemiology
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Xi Zhu
Health Policy and Management
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Naomi Zewde
Health Policy and Management
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Carolina Cormack Orellana
Carolina Cormack Orellana
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Dr. Michael Prelip
Michael Prelip
Community Health Sciences
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Daniel Cheng
Epidemiology
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Muhammad Naushad
Muhammad Naushad
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Lois Hernandez
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Dr. William McCarthy
William J. McCarthy
Health Policy and Management
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Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
Epidemiology
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Dr. Hilary Aralis
Hilary Aralis
Biostatistics
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Joy Miller
Epidemiology
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Dr. Kevin Njabo
Kevin Njabo
Environmental Health Sciences
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Lindsay Rice

Director of Pathways Programs

Community Health Sciences
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Jackie Cisneros
Environmental Health Sciences
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Ilan H. Meyer
Ilan H. Meyer
Community Health Sciences
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Mia Hashibe
Epidemiology
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Imelda Padilla-Frausto
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David Gjertson
Biostatistics
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Kurt Kainsinger
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Dr. Paul Hsu
Paul Hsu
Epidemiology
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Ying-Ying Meng
Health Policy and Management
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Dr. Randall Kuhn
Randall Kuhn
Community Health Sciences
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Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
Community Health Sciences
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Dr. Aria Fallah
Aria Fallah
Health Policy and Management
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Deborah Glik
Community Health Sciences
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