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Disease Eco-Epidemiology

We research the ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of vector-borne, wildlife, and zoonotic diseases using field-based studies and molecular tools.  By understanding how pathogens are maintained in nature, we aim to identify novel targets for interventions to reduce disease risk to humans, wildlife, and domestic animal populations.Dr. Sara Hamer group 2016


  • December 2016 New conservation medicine publication in support of the surrogate species approach for disease studies of endangered species. Open access in Parasitology.  Congrats, miranda! Haemosporida prevalence and diversity are similar in endangered wild whooping cranes (Grus americana) and sympatric sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis).
  • December 2016 Congrats to Alyssa Meyers for being selected for a $1000 CVM Grad Student Assocaition travel award in support of her recent trip to Atlanta for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting.  Alyssa presented her poster 'Prevalence and risk factors of Trypanosoma cruzi infections in working dogs along the Texas-Mexico border'.
  • November 2016

    Carolyn Hodo and Italo Zecca were awarded $500 One Health Travel Awards!  Italo used his award to attend the American Public Health Association meeting in Denver, CO, where he presented his poster on Chagas disease surveillance in communities along the TX-Mexico border.  Carolyn will use her award to attend the AAVP meeting in New Orleans next month to give oral presentaiton on Chagas pathology in coyotes and poster presentation on a novel rodent poxvirus.

  • November 2016 Justin Bejcek and Rachel Curtis-Robles were awarded $750 One Health Travel Awards!  Justin used his award to attend the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL, where he presented his poster to help non-experts identify kissing bug vectors from many common look-alike, non-vector species.  Rachel used her award to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in Atlanta, GA, where she participated in the Young Investigator Competition with her work on spatio-temporal patterns of triatomines in the southern US.
  • September 2016 Publication Celebration/Lab Retreat on Friday!  Gabe's team vs. Sarah's team in the Escape Rooms- one hour to make our way out.

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