Very proud of PhD student, Katie Izenour, who was just awarded a year long Fulbright fellowship to study zoonotic pathogens in domestic animals in Cairo, Egypt. Katie volunteered at an animal shelter in Cairo a few years ago and realized that the public health impact that zoonotic pathogens may have on this heavily populated and often underrepresented region of the world may have. We are very proud of Katie and can’t wait to hear about her experiences!
Grad student Ben Mckenzie’s first author publication was just released. In this paper, Ben used a meta-analysis approach to understanding vector competence in Ae. albopictus, an invasive mosquito with nearly worldwide distribution, for Zika virus.
Ben’s work is unique in that very few scientists have used this approach to synthesize and analyze laboratory studies of vector competence, which often have disparate results and different laboratory conditions (different mosquito and viral strains, source of bloodmeal, etc.).
Great work, Ben!
Chalkowski et al. latest article on indoor cats featured int his NYT article. Congrats, Kayleigh!
Ben McKenzie has been awarded Outstanding Graduate Student Oral Presentation for the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at the Auburn University Student Symposium.
Congrats again for your many presentation awards!
Today, PhD student, Kayleigh Chalkowski’s paper showing that indoor only cats are healthier and less likely to share parasites with their owners came out. Congratulations Kayleigh! Read it here:
Congratulations to undergraduate student, Abigail Morgan for receiving an Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship! Abby has been a stellar student in the lab for the last year and this award is well-deserved! Stay tuned for some of her preliminary results on lemur parasites!
Such a pleasure being a part of the Malaria March Madness conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville this week. Beautiful venue and a great group of colleagues and friends interested in malaria prevention research and vector surveillance and control!
Master’s student Ben McKenzie presented on his statewide Aedes and arbovirus surveillance work at AVMS this week! Great work, Ben!
PhD student Kayleigh Chalkowski recently visited the new BSL2 infectious disease lab in Antananarivo, Madagascar at Mahaliana.
Mahaliana is an organization dedicated to training the next generation of Malagasy scientists in molecular biology, advancing conservation biology and research. The word “Mahaliana” means “It all starts with a question”. Incredible initiative led by some incredible human beings who also happen to be disease ecologists. Check them out!
This week six students from the lab presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in New Orleans! Their projects range from tungiasis and climate change to invasive zoonotic chicken trematodes. In between talking about tungiasis in Madagascar, Nina Finley made sketch notes of the conference presentations, so if you weren’t able to attend, she shares some highlights in beautiful watercolor!
Read more about them here
See some samples here: