I’m a PhD candidate in Global Health and this blog follows my research experiences, and related things.  Opinions expressed on this blog are solely my own.

My research focuses on infectious diseases and the social, cultural, and biological interactions that aid or prevent their spread in human populations.  I do interdisciplinary research that draws on theory and methods from anthropology, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, and related fields.

My dissertation research examines the role of cultural transmission (the transfer of beliefs, values, and behaviours from one culture to another) in the disease ecology of tuberculosis in indigenous Paraguayan communities.  Disease ecology is the study of the interaction between the behaviour and ecology of hosts with the biology of pathogens, and how these interactions lead to the distribution of diseases in populations over space and time.

For more information on tuberculosis, you can look here:

CDC’s page on TB
WHO’s page on TB

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