Emily Mosites’ career path was inspired more than 10 years ago by the book The Hot Zone, a chilling account of the deadly Ebola virus for which there is no known cure. A globetrotting adventurer at heart, she set her sights on emerging health threats and how to fight them. After earning her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health in 2015, Mosites was accepted to the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Assigned to a post in the Arctic Investigations Program based in Anchorage Alaska, she is now a disease detective, hot on the trail of infectious diseases of the arctic and determined to help protect the public’s health.
“I’ve always been attracted to the discovery component of epidemiology,” she says. “It’s gratifying to uncover something that no one else has seen before.”