Environmental Infectious Disease

With environmental change and pressures on a global scale (i.e. climate, deforestation, increasing population) infectious diseases are finding new ways to re(emerge). Faculty in the department are using several approaches to study vector-borne diseases of humans and animals and how the environment influences the transmission, distribution, and environmental fate, of high priority global pathogens. The approaches implemented span molecular microbiology to human surveillance trials.

Focus areas include respiratory arboviruses and waterborne pathogens (V. Cholerae) with expertise in environmental and human surveillance, genetics, and molecular microbiology. For example, faculty member John Lednicky was the first to discover the existence of Madariaga, Mayaro, and Zika viruses in Haiti, and was the first in the world to find Keystone viruses in humans.