Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
819 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
TEL in Peru (51) 959 125 550
We are broadly interested in understanding and controlling vectorborne diseases.
Our research team in Peru conducts epidemiological studies on Chagas disease
as well as entomological and ecological research on disease vectors and reservoirs.
In addition we use quantitative and qualitative methods to try to understand
the factors that have led to urbanization of a disease traditionally associated
with rural poverty. In our dry lab at UPenn we are developing new Bayesian methods
to retrace the history of epidemics, and applying techniques from control theory
to optimize interventions against infectious diseases. We are also embarking
on a new line of research, aimed at improving understanding and identification
of disease vectors both in Peru and the United States.
Depending on the interest of the student there are numerous opportunities for
rotation projects on disease modeling and epidemiology in our theoretical
laboratory at UPenn. Rotation projects in our wet laboratory or field
sites in Peru are also possible; though usually require a greater time commitment.
Collaborative projects with other laboratories at UPenn, especially those
involving population genetics of T. cruzi or T. infestans,
would also be possible.