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New student fellow joins IIAD

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) recently added a new student fellow, Keely Dennis, to their team.

Originally from Coupland, Texas, Dennis is currently a junior at Texas A&M University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology. Dennis is supporting both Chief of Staff Rachel Whisenant and Communications Specialist Lesa Muehlstein through assisting with special projects and initiatives, and providing administrative support. Dennis said she is excited for the opportunity to learn about a new aspect of a science-related field.

“Anything related to the science and medical fields have interested me my whole life, which is why this job appealed to me so much,” Dennis said. “I’m excited to help put on programs for the Institute because I will get the opportunity to develop my team-working and leadership skills.”

After receiving her undergraduate degree, Dennis plans to attend medical school to pursue a career as a neurologist.

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) focuses on research, education and outreach to prevent, detect, mitigate and recover from transboundary, emerging and/or zoonotic diseases, which may be introduced intentionally or through natural processes. IIAD is a member of the Texas A&M University System, a World Organisation for Animal Health Collaborating Centre in the specialty of biological threat reduction and a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Emeritus Center of Excellence. For more information about the Institute, visit iiad.tamu.edu.

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