Dr. Jenna Coalson’s research may bug some people but as an epidemiologist of vector-borne diseases, she’s used to it. Currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at Notre Dame, Dr. Coalson was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona from 2016-2019. While at the UA, Coalson’s research included looking at the system dynamics of people and their environment and how it affects health.
Dr. Coalson was very active during her time as a postdoc. She conducted research in the Center for Insect Science and taught classes at Pima Community College. Dr. Coalson also relished going to seminars with the great people she met while in Tucson. In her free time she worked to serve the UArizona postdoc community through her membership on the Executive Board of the University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association.
When it came time to take a break, Dr. Coalson enjoyed unwinding with some Netflix or a friendly tennis match. She also likes to travel, and fortunately her research took her on occasional getaways.
Dr. Coalson credits much of her time in Tucson to her current success: “It was a great place to have the freedom to conduct my research. Everything, all the skills I learned, I use now in my teaching.”
Written by Lauren Rowe