Dr. Sumiko Mekaru is the Director of Public Health and Clinical Design at The Public Health Company (PHC). Sumiko is an epidemiologist operating at the intersection of traditional epidemiology and technology and leading cross-disciplinary teams to solve challenges in public health. Prior to joining PHC, Sumiko was a Life Sciences Strategy, Policy, and Operations Expert at Booz Allen Hamilton where she recently led the development of COVID-19 forecasting models for disease transmission, resource utilization, and critical events for the Department of Defense. Sumiko has also led health technology teams at Epidemico and Boston Children's Hospital, creating innovative health surveillance tools. She has published extensively on infectious disease outbreak monitoring, modeling, and surveillance. Sumiko holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and a PhD in epidemiology from Boston University.