Professor of International Health and Epidemiology and Biostatistics
My work tries to integrate basic bench research with fieldwork in tropical medicine. The current active projects in the laboratory primarily utilize population genetics, quantitative genetics and molecular engineering. We study gene flow for the parasite Schistosoma mansoni and Aedes aegypti, the vector of dengue virus. From these studies we may be able to better design public health control measures for these problems. Another project is aimed at identifying genes that contribute to the clinical presentation of dengue. Finally, the lab participates in a project to clone, express and test potential vaccine candidates for S. mansoni infection. Past studies have focused on the relationship of geohelminth infections to human growth and development. For future directions, I am interested in also investigating genes that influence the response to therapy of hepatitis C (like dengue a flavivirus). Most of this work involves a field component in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
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