Current Team

Principal Investigator

Sarah A. Hamer MS PhD DVM DACVPM (epi)

Sarah A. Hamer, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVPM (epi)

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences & Veterinary Pathobiology

Richard Schubot Endowed Chair & Director of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center
Associate Wildlife Biologist® | 979.847.5693

Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2016
DVM, Michigan State Univ., 2011
PhD, Michigan State Univ., 2010, Fisheries & Wildlife; Ecology, Evol. Biology & Behavior
MS, Univ. of Illinois, 2003, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
BS, Univ. of Illinois, 2001, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

I am a veterinary ecologist specializing in wildlife and zoonotic disease ecology and epidemiology. My research originates at the intersection of ecology, epidemiology, and conservation, and encompasses diverse taxa (bacteria, ticks, mosquitoes, birds, mice, dogs, humans, and more). Given the emergence of pathogens shared by humans and animals, this is an important time to utilize multidisciplinary tools to improve human, animal, and ecosystem health.

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Research Staff


Lisa Auckland

Research Associate | 979-458-4924

Keswick Killets

Research Associate | 979-458-4924

Sujata Balasubramanian, MS, PhD

Associate Research Scientist | 979-458-4924

Postdoctoral Associates


Rachel Curtis-Robles, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate (part-time)

Carolyn Hodo, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Postdoctoral Research Associate (part-time)
Visit Carolyn’s website here.

Jillian Wormington, MS, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Visit Jillian’s website here.

Graduate Students


Spencer DeBrock

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences: Infection, Immunity, & Epidemiology)
CVM Merit Fellow 2018–2022

Edward Davila, MPH

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences: Infection, Immunity, & Epidemiology)
TAMU Diversity Fellow 2018–2022

Rachel Busselman

PhD Student (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
TAMU Merit Fellow 2018–2022

Alyssa Meyers

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology Emphasis)
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Dissertation: Canine Chagas disease epidemiology

Carlos Rodriguez

MS Student (Veterinary Public Health: Epidemiology)

Italo Zecca, MPH

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology Emphasis)
CVM Diversity Fellow in Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Dissertation: Trypanosoma cruzi transmission dynamics across diverse socioeconomic and biologic landscapes

Non-Thesis Graduate Students


Cyrena Peterson

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health: Epidemiology

Veterinary Student & Resident Researchers


Skye Sneed

VMSRTP Summer ’18

Becky Dowd

VMSRTP Summer ’19

Undergraduate Students


Ashley Cubb

Undergraduate researcher

Allyson Koger

Undergraduate researcher