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EGH Researchers Find Diarrhoeal Infections May Have Long-Lasting Effects

Mirna Amaya, One Health Ph.D. student, Lindsey Laytner, a recent EGH graduate, and Karoun Bagamian, EGH affiliate faculty, contributed to a recently published article concerning the cause of moderate to severe diarrhoea in children under five. The article titled, “Burden of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and shigella non-fatal diarrheal infections in…

Emerging Virus in Venezuela Uncovered by EGH Researcher

Gaby Blohm, a Post-Doctoral Associate, working in the Lednicky Lab at the University of Florida In 2016, during a zika virus disease outbreak in Venezuela, a young girl arrived at a hospital showing signs of a fever, rash, and joint pains. The patient’s plasma was sent to Colombia where serology tests…

UF Researchers Solve Chlamydia Mystery; Reveal Possible New Drug Target

The research team, led by Dr. Anthony Maurelli, of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, that resolved the 60-year-old Chlamydia anomaly has solved another long-standing mystery of this important bacterial pathogen. Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacteria sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United…

Dr. Liz Wood publishes article in Food and Nutrition Research

Dr. Liz Wood, PhD, recently published an article titled “Household decision-making around food in rural Tajikistan: a cross-sectional study to help extension workers in the field” in Food & Nutrition Research. Dr. Wood co-wrote the article with Katharine McNamara, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Global Health,…

MPH Student, Marissa Valentine-King “Rocked” Public Health in 2017

Environmental and Global Health student, Marissa Valentine King, was recognized by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice for the Students Who Rocked Public Health 2017. This is the second year that students contributions to the Public Health field were recognized by the publication. Valentine King, a PhD…

EGH Faculty meet Mayor of Jacmel

Several faculty members from the Department of Environmental and Global Health met and spoke with Marky Kessa, Mayor of Jacmel, Haiti during his recent visit to Gainesville. Jacmel is a longtime sister city of Gainesville, and Mayor Kessa was in town to attend the Greater Gainesville International Gala, on Saturday, December 9. Dr.

EGH Postdoc awarded for Poster Presentation

Maha Elbadry, 2015 EGH PhD graduate and current postdoctoral researcher, recently received Best in Group for Poster Presentations at UF’s Postdoc Research Symposium. The symposium aims to promote the research of UF postdocs as well as provide avenues for professional development. Dr. Elbadry presented her work on submicroscopic malaria infections…

PhD Student Sarah White published on Atlas of Science

Sarah White, MPH, a fourth year Environmental and Global Health PhD student, recently published a research summary, “Occupational exposure to new influenza virus that infects cows” on the Atlas of Science website. Atlas of Science is an online journal which provides opportunities for scientists to write and publish short…

EGH Participates in PHHP 28th Annual Research Day

  Wednesday, April 8th, was the College of Public Health and Health Professionals 28th Annual Research Day. Three students of the College of Environmental and Global Health presented posters of their research, two of which made it in the Top 7 Abstracts, one tied for first. Helena…

Cuc Tran Defends Dissertation, Is Awarded Spot at CDC Epidemic Intelligence Services

Cuc Tran successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Effective Strategies for Evaluating and Sustaining a Successful School-located Influenza Vaccination Program”. Cuc Tran has been awarded a spot in the CDC EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) training program, which 2-year post-doctoral training program for health professionals interested in the practice of…

Immunizing schoolkids fights flu in others, too

Mathematical models predicted it, and now a University of Florida study confirms it: Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well. When half of 5- to 17-year-old children in Alachua County were vaccinated through a school-based program, the entire age group’s flu rates decreased…

Dr. John Lednicky and colleagues in Virus Genes journal

John Lednicky and his colleagues Janet Butel, Maya Luetke, and Julia Loeb published an article entitled “Complete genomic sequence of a new Human polyomavirus 9 strain with an altered noncoding control region” in the journal Virus Genes. (DOI) 10.1007/s11262-014-1119-z. This is the first complete Human polyomavirus 9 (HPyV-9) genome to…

Congratulations to Dr. Michael von Fricken!

Please help us congratulate Michael von Fricken (on the left) on his successful completion of a PhD with the Department of Environmental and Global Health.  Michael’s research has focused on malaria treatment and elimination in Haiti, which has resulted in over 6 publications in this year alone.  His work was…

EGH Students Present Posters at the 27th Annual PHHP Research Day

Graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Environmental and Global Health presented posters on a wide range of research topics at the 27th annual PHHP Research Day on April 9, 2014. Sarah K. White, MPH, placed among the top 15 presenters with her poster titled, “Little Evidence of Human…

Dr. Lednicky et al. discovered Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) in commercially sold primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC)

Dr. Lednicky et al. discovered Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) in commercially sold primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC). They then proved the virus replicates in primary RPTEC and human renal epithelial cells. HCoV-NL63 is known as a medium-virulence respiratory virus, but has not been associated with human kidney disease. However, genetically related viruses…

Marissa Valentine, Environmental Health MPH student, wins award at Public Health Day

Marissa Valentine recently presented the poster from her thesis project titled “Where’s the Oil? Shortcomings of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response Data” at the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Public Health Day.  Valentine’s poster was named the Most Public Health Significant poster among all graduating students in…

EGH students and researchers present at PHHP Research Day

Surveillance for V. Cholerae from Clinical and Environmental Samples in Haiti – Alex Weppelmann, EGH doctoral candidate, Meer Alam (not pictured), EGH research scholar, and Mohammad Jubair (not pictured), EGH research scholar. Congratulations to Alex who received an Outstanding Poster award!   Mother’s Empowerment and Rotavirus Vaccination in India Poulomy…

Catherine McDermott, Environmental Health MPH student, wins poster award

MPH-EH student, Catherine McDermott, recently presented the poster from her thesis project titled “Pathogens as a Mosquito Bio-control Method: Quantifying the Susceptibility of Three Genera of Mosquitoes to Aedes sollicitans Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (AesoNPV).” McDermott’s poster was named as the Most Innovative MPH Poster among all graduating students in the…