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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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News Update

  • November 2015 NBC News from Dallas/Fort Worth toured our lab and met with Dr. Saunders to chat about kissing bugs and Chagas disease, you can see their two-night investigation here; the first piece emphasis human disease, and the second emphasizes canine disease.
    Chagas is also featured in The New Yorker, with mention of TAMU program.
  • November 2015 An 8 minuted documentary about PhD student Rachel Curtis-Robles and her research was produced by UT gradate student film maker R. Bardin.  The documentary is called Nocturne and is viewable at the link.
  • November 2015 Gabe and Sarah's labs will celebrate recent student/postdoc/research associate publications on Friday with lots of Indian food!  Congrats for recent papers accepted: Rachel/Lisa (PLoS Negl Trop Dis), Juliette/Rachel (J Wildl Dis), Lisa (Appl Environ Microbiol), Matt (Parasitol).
  • October 2015 Doctoral student Rachel Curtis-Robles is this year’s recipient of the James Gus Foyle Memorial Scholarship from the Texas Mosquito Control Association.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • October 2015 Our work on the annual importation of exotic ticks and microbes with Neotropical migratory birds is published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, with some popular press write ups, too! (The Nature Conservancy, Texas A&M Today, US News & World Reports)

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