About Us

Education Development Center (EDC) is a nonprofit organization that designs, implements, and evaluates programs designed to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, EDC strives for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) is part of a national network of secure facilities studying infectious diseases that are—or have the potential to become—major public health concerns. The laboratories are dedicated to the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.


The intent of the resources presented in this website is to equip students with background knowledge and skills needed to seek out new information, make sense and assess the validity of this information, and apply it to their decision making related to infectiousdiseases. With a new outbreak of infection disease erupting once every 12 - 18 months somewhere in the world, students must have a sufficient understanding of the core concepts related to infectious disease, and the skills and vocabulary to respond appropriately.


  • Jacqueline S. Miller, PhD has had extensive experience in science curriculum design. Prior to coming to EDC, she conducted research on viruses and parasites at Harvard Medical School and taught courses in virology, parasitology, and the molecular basis of infectious disease.
  • Katherine F. Paget, PhD has served as evaluator and assessment developer for over 25 NSF, NIH, and NASA science curriculum development projects since 1990.
  • Nevin Katz a Senior Technology Associate and experienced instructional designer, provides technical leadership to education and communication initiatives. He brings expertise in web, app, and game development, web animation, and teacher professional development.
  • Ami Raymond is a Manager of Strategic Initiatives at EDC. In her role, she works with teams to translate their needs and current processes into documented requirements, as well as design, procure, and implement solutions.
  • Kristen Bjork is a an instructional design expert and senior manager at EDC. In her role, she creates authentic, engaging, and innovative learning experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds. She has deep expertise in K–12 education, STEM, technology integration, product development, and R&D.
  • Jesse Campbell, an eLearning specialist, brings his expertise in the development of online education resources to a range of EDC projects. With over 10 years of education experience—both in and out of the classroom, he strives to connect clients and colleagues with the most appropriate tools to facilitate learning.
  • Kimberly Elliott, the communications director for EDC’s U.S. Division, is a highly skilled nonprofit leader with 20 years of experience in strategic storytelling. She designs, leads, and advises successful content marketing, communications, and product development initiatives.

Science Advisors

  • Dr. Aaron Mauck, History of Science Department, Harvard University
  • Dr. Adam Hume, National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory, Boston University Medical School
  • Dr. Linda Rennick, National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory, Boston University Medical School
  • Juliana Lord, Macalester College