Jennifer Hsieh has more than 10 years of experience in environmental health and epidemiology, focusing on environmental microbiology and microbial risk assessment. She has expertise in waterborne, vector-borne, and emerging infectious diseases both domestically and internationally and has conducted research on impacts of environmental change including weather and climate impacts on environmental pathogens. Ms. Hsieh has 8 years of experience at the state/local level managing and implementing grants for the NYC Health department to evaluate and address environmental event and disease impacts on public health. These projects were supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Recent work includes NYC drinking water security analyses, waterborne pathogen risk assessment, surveillance of emerging vector-borne diseases, and coastal storm response. These experiences have helped Ms. Hsieh gain a practical, departmental perspective on climate risks to communities and activities local governments can take to understand and combat risks posed by climate change and extreme weather on public health.
She earned a M.S.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.