My current research is on the eco-epidemiology of intra- and inter-specific transmission of leptospires in an urban slum setting in Salvador, Brazil. The Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) is the principal reservoir host for leptospires causing human disease, however, scant knowledge exists on the mechanisms of acquisition, maintenance and shedding of this bacterium by rats. Information on these parameters is essential for determining the risk of human leptospirosis within different communities in Brazil. I am collaborating with Dr. Albert Ko, Division Chief at Yale, Dr. Mittermyer Reis, Director FIOCRUZ, and other scientists on this recently funded grant from NIH (2012-2016).
Courses: EEB 460/461: Studies in Evolutionary Medicine I/II