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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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  • May 2016 Congrats to Rachel on being chosen as the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists – Merck Outstanding Graduate Student for 2016.  Rachel will give a student keynote address at the National AAVP meeting this summer, and received an engraved plaque and monetary award!
  • May 2016 Congrats to Italo for earning the 3-year CVM Graduate Diversity Fellowship!  This funding package will support him through his PhD studies.
  • April 2016 Publication Celebration this Thursday!  Indian Lunch Feast to celebrate Rachel's new wildlife Chagas disease paper in International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, and Matt's new paper in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene!
  • April 2016 Lots of congrats! Miranda successfully defended her dissertation on whooping crane parasites in March.  Jennifer and Chelsea successfully defended their non-thesis vet public health projects on Salmonella in feedlots and feral hog ticks, respectively.  Finally, Bhagath was accepted into a doctoral program at the TAMU College of Medicine.  What a team!!
  • February 2016 Dr. Ashley Saunders led a team including Dr. Sarah Hamer, Dr. Ann Millard, Trevor, Rachel, and others in a Chagas dissease case study that was selected for publication by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges.

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