This we welcome Manisha Kulkarni, in Biosciences room 3110.
Disease ecology in action: focus on vector-borne pathogens
Lyme disease and West Nile virus are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick or mosquito, respectively. The ecology of these diseases is complex, with a number of vertebrate host species serving as disease reservoirs. Environmental factors largely determine their distribution and dynamics through impacts on host and vector populations. Dr. Kulkarni’s research at the Interdisciplinary Spatial Informatics for Global Health (INSIGHT) lab combines field and laboratory studies with spatial and statistical modelling in order to better understand vector-borne disease ecology and epidemiology in Canada and abroad. These studies help to identify spatiotemporal patterns in vector populations and disease transmission to inform vector-borne disease surveillance and control strategies at the local scale.