Pathogen evolution

I am fascinated by the histories contained within pathogen genomes.  I use genomic information to ask questions about how pathogens evolve, move between hosts, and invade new areas.  I am particularly interested in how vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens respond to ecological change including changes in climate and biodiversity.

I am a graduate student in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Department at Yale University working with Maria Diuk-Wasser and Adalgisa Caccone.  My dissertation research investigates the origins and emergence history of the Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.   My work incorporates bacterial genomics and phylogeography as well as spatial modeling to reconstruct the invasion history of Lyme disease in North America.