Research and Global Health
The faculty and students in EMD carry out interdisciplinary research ranging from field and laboratory based studies in vector borne diseases, to emerging infections, to host defense and pathogenesis. Students have unique opportunities to use the Department's special laboratory facilities for bio-containment of infectious agents and for rearing and studying arthropod disease vectors. Faculty members also have extensive international collaborations underway in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Russia, which the students participate in.
This research focuses on understanding mechanisms of cell trafficking in inflammation and lymphoid organ development, particularly through high endothelial venules and lymphatic vessels
KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. Closely linked to this HIV epidemic is one of the world’s most severe TB epidemics.
This research focuses on the role of immunity in the host-pathogen interaction and the clinical expression of different infectious diseases.
HIV, viral hepatitis, TB, and other infectious diseases in the context of drug abuse and injection constitute a syndemic ...
This research focuses on integrating epidemiology and evolutionary ecology or economics in order to generate predictions that could not be made by these disciplines alone.
Malnutrition affects over a billion people worldwide, ranging from the extremes of stunting and obesity, to the less visible micronutrient deficiencies, such as vitamin A, iron and zinc.
Sexually transmitted infections are a major public health problem because of their high prevalence, associated poor health outcomes, and the disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations such as...
This research focuses on mathematical modeling of the transmission dynamics of enteric and imperfectly immunizing infections.