Ellingson Lab


We study infectious disease transmission and prevention in healthcare, households, and workplaces. Our current projects focus on the epidemiology of respiratory viruses, antimicrobial resistance, and occupational health among frontline workers. We ask applied questions to inform practical solutions. Our community partnerships, as well as national and international research collaborations, are critical to our multidisciplinary and community-engaged approach.

2023 Lab Highlights

  • May 2023: Jose, Paulina, and Visiting Scholar Maja (from Slovenia) submit ID week abstracts on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, reflecting huge data collection and analytic efforts.

  • April 2023: After successfully defending her dissertation, Sana will join CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service in July. We are so proud!

  • March 2023: Brooke accepts an offer to return to UA as a PhD student. In her "gap year" of work in CO, she published her MS thesis work in Antibiotics

  • Feb 2023: Lab members on the AZ HEROES team, including James and Cynthia get COVID-19 publications across the finish line in Clinical Infectious DiseasesEmerging Infectious Diseases

  • Jan, 2023: At long last, the SHEA compendium on Hand Hygiene is OUT: a labor of love by Kate and so many colleagues dedicated to patient safety


 Ferris & Karla recruit for our
household transmission study at a COVID-19 testing site in Tucson



Border Health Service Learning 2023

Spring Break 2023 with the Border Health Service Learning Course (EPID/PHP 597C) in Yuma/San Luis, AZ and San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. In this course, students spend a week on the US-Mexico border learning directly from border communities about the intersections between economics, migration and health.