Laura Hammitt, MD
Dr. Laura Hammitt is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focus is the epidemiology and prevention of pediatric infectious diseases, with a particular interest in Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and the ecology of the human microbiome as it relates to treatment and prevention of disease. Dr. Hammitt earned her medical degree at the University of Utah in 1999 and completed a residency in pediatrics at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by an appointment as chief resident for one year.
Dr. Hammitt subsequently joined the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), serving at the Arctic Investigations Program in Anchorage, Alaska. Here she worked on infectious diseases of particular significance in the American Indian and Alaska Native population. She traveled frequently to villages in rural Alaska in her capacity as PI of studies on invasive Haemophilus influenzae disease and the immunogenicity of repeat revaccination of adults with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. She also led studies on the long-term immunogenicity of hepatitis A vaccine and hepatitis B vaccine, as well as the impact of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on nasopharyngeal carriage.