Sarah L. Lathrop, DVM, PhD, Professor of Pathology and OMI Epidemiologist, received her undergraduate education at Colorado State University and earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced veterinary medicine in Cortez, Colorado, and then completed a PhD in veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University. Dr. Lathrop served a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, studying vector-borne infectious diseases such as plague, tularemia, and dengue.
After a brief stint in industry overseeing clinical vaccine trials, Dr. Lathrop joined OMI in 2003 to conduct epidemiological studies using medical examiner data. She also serves as the Principal Investigator for the FoodNet portion of New Mexico's Emerging Infections Program. Research interests include the intersection of forensic pathology and epidemiology, public health topics such as trends in violent deaths and sudden unexpected infant death investigation, as well as investigation of foodborne infections.