Aiden Varan is a final year medical student at the University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia). Prior to entering medicine, he completed a Master of Public Health in Global Epidemiology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA), followed by an Applied Epidemiology Fellowship with the U.S. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). Working at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, CA, his research included leading a novel collaboration assessing varicella serosusceptibility among U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees. In 2015, he served as a field epidemiologist during the West Africa Ebola Outbreak with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based at the Sierra Leone-Guinea border, he supported surveillance and response coordination between the two affected countries. He has also provided epidemiologic consultation for a Haiti-based NGO delivering healthcare to incarcerated populations.
Aiden’s research interests include paediatrics, intensive care, global health, refugee and migrant health, and health informatics. He has recently obtained Certified in Health Informatics Australasia (CHIA) credentials.