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Koya Allen

Koya Allen

Coordinator. MESA Scientific Officer

Dr Koya C. Allen is a researcher and advocate for global health with over 15 years of experience in public health and infectious disease epidemiology. She earned her PhD in Prevention Science from Kent State University, where she also completed postdoctoral research in disaster epidemiology. Allen holds an MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University School of Medicine, MSPH in Parasitology from Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a BA in Biology from the University of Rochester.

Koya Allen’s past research focused on modeling of cultural influences and behavior in infectious disease transmission and case-capture methods for novel diseases in surveillance systems. Before joining ISGlobal, she was the infectious disease subject matter expert for the U.S. European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, where she established a biosurveillance program and facilitated efforts for intergovernmental collaborations in bioresponsiveness and pandemic preparedness. She also assisted the U.S. Department of Defense in epidemic responses to anthrax, chikungunya and Ebola as an Epidemiology Research Fellow in Washington D.C. She now holds a faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education.

Koya Allen is the MESA Scientific Officer within the Malaria Elimination Initiative where she will lead the technical work for evidence reviews and translation of research to drive policymaking for key aspects of malaria elimination.

Lines of Research

  • Malaria Elimination
  • Translational Research for malaria outcomes
  • Operational Research for malaria programs
  • Policy development and implementation science

Main Publications

  • Allen, Koya C. (2018). Chapter 13 - Applications: Biosurveillance, Biodefense, and Biotechnology. In J. A. Horney (Ed.), Disaster Epidemiology (pp. 143–151). https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809318-4.00019-8
  • Allen, Koya C. (2017). Notes from the Field: Compliance with Postexposure Prophylaxis for Exposure to Bacillus anthracis Among U.S. Military Personnel — South Korea, May 2015. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 65. https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6552a7
  • Allen, Koya C. (2015). Phenomenological analysis of going home in Caribbean-American international travelers. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines, 1(1), 12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40794-015-0016-3
  • Allen, K. C., & Subervi, F. (2016). Prevention of post-disaster sequelae through efficient communication planning: Analysis of information-seeking behaviours in Montana and Alabama. Public Health, 140, 268–271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.06.030
  • Allen, K. (2014). Tracking the Traveler Without a Passport: Perspective on Surveillance of Imported Disease. Journal of Travel Medicine, 21(5), 295–297. https://doi.org/10.1111/jtm.12143