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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.

Recent News from the Lab:

  • March 2018 Alyssa passed her written/oral preliminary exams and is now a PhD Candidate!  Justin passed his defense of his thesis (MS-Veterinary Public Health-Epidemiology) and will graduate in May!  Congrats on these graduate school milestones.
  • February 2018 Congrats to Italo and Alyssa for having their internal CVM research proposals funded! Italo will explore the safety of veterinary blood donor supply with resepct to selected infectious diseases.  Alyssa will explore genetic variation of the Chagas parasite across diverse vector and clinical samples.
  • January 2018 Congrats to grad students for receiving awards at last week's Graduate Student Symposium Banquet!  Italo Zecca received 2nd place for his Flash Talk on opossums and feral cats as reservoirs for the Chagas disease parasite.  Alyssa Meyers received 3rd place High Impact Achievement award for her first author publication in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  Justin Bejcek received a High Impact Achievement award for his role as PI in a grant from Texas EcoLab to assess tick-borne disease risk on private ranchlands.  All awards include a certificate and money.
  • November 2017 We are thrilled to be awarded funding from American Kennel Club- Canine Health Foundation (Oak Grant) for canine Chagas disease research 2018-2020!
  • October 2017 Press release on the research of Alyssa et al. to document exposure to the Chagas disease parasite in government working dogs along the US-Mexico border, recently published in PLoS NTD.

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