Ms. Sell is a Senior Analyst at the UPMC Center for Health Security. She conducts research and analysis in support of Center programs and serves as Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. Her work focuses on public health preparedness, federal funding for biodefense, and nuclear preparedness policy and practice.
Ms. Sell is currently pursuing a PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She received a B.A. in human biology and an M.A. in anthropological sciences from Stanford University in 2005. Her master's thesis, "Reflections: Using H5N1 Avian Influenza to Investigate the Pandemic of 1918," explored parallels between H5N1 avian influenza and 1918 H1N1 influenza. In 2005 she was a Rhodes Scholar finalist.