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Visiting Research Associate
Year Started: 
2013
Introduction: 

Many of the parasites and pathogens affecting humans have been directly transmitted from other animals. A goal of Field Museum Bird Division’s “Emerging Pathogens Project’ is to understand the potential of parasites and pathogens to switch between host species. This requires an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary pressures that lead to variation in the number of hosts that a given parasite or pathogen can infect. I am using computational approaches for integration and analysis of large amounts of genomic and environmental data collected from the field sampling with the goal of identifying the patterns that characterize a parasite or pathogen that is ready to jump the species barrier.