Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Rutger’s Today. Rakeman is the assistant commissioner and laboratory director for the New York City Public Health Lab and is responsible for conducting testing for the Zika virus. But she comes to this enormous responsibility well-prepared. Her journey began in her junior year at Rutgers. She was interested […]
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When the Zika virus emerged in the U.S. this year, Dr. Rakeman faced different demands than she did with the Ebola crisis in 2014. She had to quickly training staff to probe for signs of a little-understood virus that lurks for only a short time in urine samples and even more briefly in blood. Public […]
Dr. Jennifer Rakeman (CC’94), director for the New York City Public Health Laboratory, tasked with testing for emerging diseases which now includes Zika. Public health laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are among the only f…