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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.

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Recent News from the Lab:

  • June 2018 First paper from our triatomine colony is published in full, documenting unique periods of diurnal activity between species, with implications for parasite transmission risk. Congrats Jillian and team!  Also our invited mini-review of arthropod vector citizen science programs is out!
  • May 2018 CVM Today Magazine Spring 2018 covered the new directorship of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, pages 20-23.
  • May 2018 m_coverCollaborative review article with investigators from Army Public Health Center, CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada, and academia shows lonestar ticks are not vectors of the Lyme disease pathogen.  Featured on journal cover, TickEncounter, Science Daily, Entomology Today.
  • May 2018 New summer students: Welcome to veterinary students Andy Castro and Skye Sneed who have been accepted to the Veterinary Medical Summer Research Training Program (VMSRTP)! Looking forward to working on canine Chagas disease (Andy) and avian conservation (Skye) together.  Welcome to undergraduates Hannah Meyers of Kalamazoo College (Michigan) who will complete her Senior Individualized Project here, and to Nidhi Patel of TAMU.
  • May 2018 New funds awarded from American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine will allow us to grow our eco-epidemiology investigations of transmission of the Chagas disease parasite in and around biomedical research facilities where nonhuman primates are becoming naturally exposed.

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