I study the ecological, epidemiological, and molecular factors that predispose human populations to the emergence of zoonotic pathogens. The purpose of my dissertation research is to elucidate the barriers to cross-species transmission of Plasmodium (i.e., malaria) parasites circulating among wild great apes living in close proximity to humans in Western Uganda. I use a combination of fieldwork, population genetics, and functional molecular assays to accomplish this goal.
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