Noemi Polo is a Research Technician in the Immunogenetics group and the Sequencing facility at The Pirbright Institute. She is in charge of single cell isolation by flow cytometry in multiple species and Library preparation for NGS as part of the Antibody Hub project.
Before joining The Pirbright Institute, Noemi worked for PAHO/WHO’s Health Emergencies programme for three years, responding to various health emergencies as part of the Emergency Operations Centre in the region of the Americas. Most recently, she was part of the PAHO/WHOs COVID-19 Incident Management Team and was previously deployed to the Bahamas to support the Ministry of Health after Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Noemi earned a MS in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the George Washington University in Washington DC. During her studies she explored the distribution of leptospirosis serogroups in humans and animals using a One Health Approach in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and helped characterize the genetic variability for drug resistant mutations in the HIV virus genome as part of an epidemiological study in Washington D.C.
Prior to that, Noemi earned a BS in Molecular and Cell Biology from Texas A&M University. In addition to her studies, she worked for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, TX supporting animal health and surveillance in their Virology and Molecular Diagnostic units. Noemi’s primary interests include One Health, outbreak response, developing tools for disease detection and surveillance and understanding host-virus interactions.