Jennifer Nuzzo, SM
Expertise: Public Health
Ms. Nuzzo is a Senior Associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security. An epidemiologist by training, Ms. Nuzzo’s work focuses on international and domestic biosurveillance, situational awareness, and disease mitigation strategies. She also has worked on issues related to water security, public/private partnerships for public health preparedness, mass critical care, and hospital preparedness.
Ms. Nuzzo is Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, and she was Co-Managing Editor of the Biosecurity Briefing, a weekly internet-based news, science, and policy update. Ms. Nuzzo has published in the scientific literature on waterborne pathogens and has co-authored several manuals on environmental policy and planning.
In addition to her work at the Center, Ms. Nuzzo has advised national governments and nonprofit organizations. She has served as a consultant to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee, as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), and as a member of the NDWAC’s Water Security Working Group. She has also served as a project advisor for the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (now called the Water Research Foundation), a primary funding organization for drinking water research in the United States. She has also been consulted on pandemic influenza planning efforts in the Republic of Indonesia.
Ms. Nuzzo joined the Center at its founding in 2003, and she has served as an Analyst, Senior Analyst, and Associate. Prior to joining the Center, she served as a Research Analyst with the Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In 2002 and 2003, Ms. Nuzzo worked as a public health epidemiologist for the City of New York, where she was involved with disease and syndromic surveillance efforts related to the city’s Waterborne Disease Risk Assessment Program. Central to her duties in New York was the management of the city’s drug sale monitoring program for surveillance of diarrheal illness. She also worked on a local climate change initiative for the City of Cambridge, MA.