Graduate Student (PhD)
MPH, Yale University, 2007 BS in Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005
My dissertation research focuses on heterogeneous patterns of transmission of dengue virus in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru. Because vector control resources are often limited, knowing the underlying spatial pattern of transmission of dengue in a region could help to target control in high risk locations during the invasion of a novel virus, hopefully reducing transmission of that virus. Having spent a good portion of my PhD living and working in Iquitos, I am now focusing on analysis of the data I have collected, testing the following four questions about heterogeneities in dengue transmission in Iquitos:
1) Does the underlying pattern of transmission of dengue virus in Iquitos change during the invasion of a novel virus, increasing risk of infection in certain regions?
2) Do the dynamics of invasion seen for one novel virus introduction into Iquitos hold true for the introduction of a second novel virus?
3) Does a person’s attributes (i.e. body mass index, age, time spent in the house) impact their risk of infection with dengue virus?
4) Will prioritizing control measures to high risk locations and individuals effectively decrease transmission of dengue virus?