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In January 2015, amid the West African Ebola outbreak, Dr. Todd Brown, a then-middle school civics educator in Sarasota, FL, emailed Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a faculty at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, to connect and request a Skype session with his classroom students, who were learning about outbreak science governance at the time.  Inspired by the conversations, and with his signature energy, Dr. Brown launched an outbreak science curriculum for his students that culminated in a live-action, sticker-based outbreak simulation. Dr. Sabeti and the Sabeti Lab enthusiastically came on as advisors, and, together, began to map out how to advance the curriculum and simulation experience. 

With Dr. Andres Colubri, a then-postdoctoral fellow in the Sabeti Lab, the team took aim at better modeling the spread of pathogens, leveraging the power of Bluetooth to spread a fictional pathogen across smartphones.  In 2017, the first-ever Bluetooth-based outbreak simulation was run, and Operation Outbreak (OO) was born.  Housed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, OO is now a multi-institution collaborative initiative involving the Sabeti Lab at the Broad Institute (Dr. Sabeti), The Inspire Project (Dr. Brown) and the Colubri Lab of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (Dr. Colubri).

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Our Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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    Todd Brown, EdD

    Head, School Simulation Experience. Former teacher and winner of the US Congressional Teacher of the Year, Henry Ford Innovator Award for the United States, and Ignite Education Innovation Award. Co-creator of Operation Outbreak.
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    Andrés Colubri, PhD

    Head, Research & Technology and Co-Head, Product. Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. Co-creator of Operation Outbreak.
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    Pardis Sabeti, MD, D.Phil (Oxon)

    Executive Director and Head, Science Education. Professor, Harvard University and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Co-creator of Operation Outbreak.
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    Kian Sani

    Head, Business Development, Co-Head, Product, and Program Manager. Advisor to Pardis Sabeti, special projects and strategic partnerships, at The Broad Institute. Harvard College alumnus (Molecular/Cellular Biology and Government) and former undergraduate researcher in the Sabeti Lab.
Operation outbreak Team

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    Taylor Brock-Fisher

    Research Specialist in Genomic Epidemiology (Sabeti Lab, Broad Institute)
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    Lily Chylek, PhD

    Science Writer in the Sabeti Lab. She contributes to editing the Outbreak Science textbook and figures.
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    Yinan Dong

    UX and information designer at the Colubri Lab. She does user research, wireframing, and high-fidelity prototyping of the OO tools and related resources (flyers, logos, etc.)
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    Alexis Gaab

    Administrative Assistant in the Sabeti Lab. She also works with the Operation Outbreak team on their textbook, through copy editing, compiling citations, and reaching out in regard to image licensing.
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    Andi Grozdani

    App developer in the Colubri Lab. He works on the architecting, implementing, and testing the OO app for iOS and Android.
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    Sellers Hill

    Undergraduate, Harvard College
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    Curtis Hoffmann

    Project Assistant, Operation Outbreak (Sabeti Lab, Broad Institute)
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    Hung Hong

    Software Engineer in the Colubri Lab. He develops and maintains the OO cloud backend infrastructure.
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    Molly Kemball

    Co-Lead, Outbreak Science Textbook
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    Arya Rao

    MD-PhD student, Harvard Medical School
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    Eugenia Rojas Puente, PhD

    Project and Technical Writing Lead & Co-Lead, Outbreak Science Textbook. Eugenia coordinates the Operation Outbreak outbreak science textbook project and designs outbreak science educational materials and activities.
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    Tomi Siyanbade

    Co-Lead, Outbreak Science Textbook
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    Ivan Specht

    Undergraduate, Harvard College and Undergraduate Researcher, Sabeti Lab
Operation outbreak Friends

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Operation outbreak Alumni

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    Sebastian Agignoae

    Candidate for the Master in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a concentration on international and global affairs.
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    Piroz Bahar

    Alumnus, Harvard College (Physics).
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    Sol Bloomfield

    Alumnus, Yale College (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry).
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    Chloe Boehm

    Former project coordinator at the Sabeti Lab. She worked with school districts, nonprofits, and universities to increase access to COVID-19 surveillance testing.
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    Yolando Botti-Lodovico

    Former Policy Lead (Sabeti Lab, Broad Institute). She worked on a range of projects and thought pieces around advancing frontier technologies for pandemic preparedness, participatory digital health tools, outbreak science education, and more.
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    Jay Doshi

    Alumnus, Cornell University (Biology & Society).
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    Rushabh Doshi

    Candidate for the Master in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Maternal and Child Health.
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    Evan Fedorov

    Alumnus, Middlebury College (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry).
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    Jess Frith

    Former Communications Lead / Administrative Assistant, Sabeti Lab, Broad Institute.
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    Zoe Golub

    Undergraduate at Northwestern University studying Global Health and Political Science.
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    Nathan Hill

    Alumnus, Harvard College (Molecular and Cellular Biology).
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    Mansi Khandpekar

    Graduate student from the Information Design program at Northeastern University. She works on the design of the UI and visual elements in the OO app.
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    Kaledora Kiernan-Linn

    Alumnus at Harvard College studying neuroscience and economics, and former professional ballerina.
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    Ben Kresge

    Undergraduate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He worked on the proximity detection algorithms used by the OO app.
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    Shannen Lin

    Undergraduate CS student from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She works on implementing the UI of the OO app.
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    Paru Nair

    Research Assistant in the Sabeti Lab, where she heads an exploratory neuroscience project while contributing to work investigating SARS-CoV-2, Lassa Virus, and science communications.
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    Alex Petty

    Interactive textbook content lead. Undergraduate at Harvard College studying Applied Math and Computer Science.
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    Priya Pillai

    Former Software Engineer in the Sabeti Lab and maintainer of the OO website. She works on creating better tools to design viral diagnostics.
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    Kavya Shah

    Alumnus, Harvard College (Chemical and Physical Biology and Statistics)

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