Sondra Lavigne
Current Scholar

Sondra Lavigne

Academic Institution: University of Pennsylvania Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Cohort Start Year: 2016 Research Topic: Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance & Stewardship
PHD CANDIDATE, EPIDEMIOLOGY AND VETERINARY SCIENCE

FOCUS
Sondra studies how antibiotic use and stewardship in veterinary medicine (both companion and food animals) affects the population health of both animals and humans. More broadly, she is interested in One Health, an interdisciplinary collaborative movement that recognizes that human health is closely interconnected with animal and environmental health.

MORE ABOUT SONDRA
Sondra Lavigne is a fourth-year student in the Epidemiology PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is a seventh-year combined degree VMD-PhD student and completed most of her veterinary medical coursework prior to starting her PhD. She now works with UPenn faculty across the veterinary school, medical school and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on interdisciplinary research initiatives. Prior to joining HPRS and the VMD-PhD program at UPenn, Sondra completed her AB in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University where she graduated summa cum laude. She has previously conducted bench-based research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Perelman School of Medicine, served as a high school science and math instructor, and worked in private practice as a veterinary technician. Sondra grew up in rural, western Maryland and was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America in her youth.

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