What is contact tracing?
Contact tracing has been around since the 19th century. It is a public health action to support patients with confirmed or suspected infection. Public health staff then recalls and advise exposed individuals as rapidly and sensitively as possible.
Dr. Nicholas Soulakis is an Epidemiologist working for the Illinois Department of Public Health supporting the Contact Tracing program. He has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also works as the Director of Data Science Services at the Center for Data Science and Informatics at Northwestern University.
Dr. Sabah Kadri has a background in Computer Engineering with a PhD in Computational Biology from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Kadri leads a team of bioinformaticians and scientists to design, develop and implement cloud-based computational infrastructure and containerized bioinformatics software in clinical diagnostic services for germline and somatic next generation sequencing (NGS) testing. She has experience building clinical diagnostics pipelines and systems for adult and pediatric diseases and continues to work on informatics solutions and research questions for translational ‘omics’ and biomedical research to promote personalized medicine.