Epidemiology is the "study of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations, and the application of this study to control health problems" (Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology, 2001). As an epidemiologist, I work collaboratively with other members of the Center to integrate the basic sciences with population research to study infectious diseases impacting global health. My primary research focus is the treatment and control of lymphatic filariasis, a debilitating disease caused by parasitic worms that are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. I am also actively involved in research on population immunology to malaria, schistosomiasis burden of disease, and studies that integrate parasite control programs. I specialize in the application of modern epidemiologic and statistical techniques to the design and analysis of cluster randomized field trials and observational studies.
My joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics' Center for the Modern Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and position as Epidemiology Track coordinator for the CASE Public Health Program, and participation in the CASE Framework for Global Health provide additional academic, research, and mentoring resources valuable to the Center's mission to "To promote health in the world and enrich our community."