Dr. Emily Rayens

Emily Rayens, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Division of Epidemiologic Research




Dr. Rayens is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Research & Evaluation. Her research interests include infectious diseases and vaccine efficacy and safety.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Rayens worked concurrently as an epidemiologist with the Northeast Georgia Health District as part of a COVID-19 response team and as a postdoctoral fellow in a research lab at the University of Georgia. Her doctoral work at the University of Georgia focused on furthering the antibody-based therapeutic options available for treating invasive fungal diseases, through development and evaluation of vaccine candidates and monoclonal antibodies. Dr. Rayens has also led several projects aimed at improving the current estimates of mycotic disease burden and patient outcomes in the United States through hospitalization and mortality reporting.

Areas of Focus

  • Infectious diseases
  • Mycotic disease epidemiology
  • Vaccine development and evaluation


PhD, Infectious Diseases
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
MPH, Epidemiology
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
BS, Biology
Wittenberg University
Springfield, Ohio

Honors and Awards

  • University of Georgia, Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • University of Georgia, Council of Graduate Schools and ProQuest Dissertation Award Competition Department of Infectious Diseases nominee