Dr. Tomás Aragón, M.D., Ph.D., is Principal Investigator & Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness (CIDER) — a CDC Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) and a CDC Preparedness & Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC). Before CIDER, he was Deputy County Health Officer at the San Francisco Department of Public Health for 8 years where he directed communicable disease control, bioterrorism preparedness, and community health epidemiology. At UC Berkeley CIDER's programmatic areas include infectious disease emergency readiness, emergency management sciences, epidemiology preparedness and informatics, and preparedness and emergency response research. Dr. Aragón teaches courses in infectious disease epidemiology and control, outbreak investigations, public health preparedness and emergency response, and applied epidemiology using R. He is developer and maintainer of 'epitools' --- an R package for epidemiologic computing and graphics. His formal training was in primary care internal medicine (UCSF), clinical infectious diseases (UCSF), and epidemiology (DrPH, UC Berkeley). He maintains a medical epidemiology resource website at www.medepi.com.
Public health, communicable disease control, bioterrorism preparedness, outbreak investigations, emergency response