- Infectious Disease
Instructor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Senior Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) at Stanford University School of Medicine (2015 - Present)
Fellowship:Stanford University - Infectious Diseases (2015) CA
Board Certification: Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2013)
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2012)
Residency:Stanford University Medical Center (2011) CA
Internship:Stanford University Medical Center (2009) CA
Medical Education:University of Pennsylvania (2008) PA
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
I am interested in the intersection between infectious disease and ecology and my current research is on detecting emerging zoonotic pathogens. Zoonotic disease represents a major burden to human health: from the bubonic plague of the middle ages, to the 1918 flu pandemic that infected one third of the world’s population, to the modern Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic which affects 34 million people living today. My current work aims to detect viral spillover events from animals to humans with the hope of eventually understanding the ecology that drives this process and better defining the steps that will be required to stop the emergence of these pathogens. I currently work in Bangladesh, China, and Costa Rica.
Detection of Emerging Zoonotic Pathogens in Humans, Bangladesh
A surveillance platform for the detection of novel pathogens and emerging infectious diseases. Currently the platform is running throughout Bangladesh and has collected hundreds of samples from high-risk acutely ill individuals. Collaboration with Stanford University, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, and Columbia University.
Developing Interventions to End Cycles of Poverty Caused by Taenia solium and Neurocysticercosis, China
Neurocysticercosis is a neglected infectious disease caused by larval forms of the pig tapeworm, Taenia solium, infecting people's brains. In our exploratory work in impoverished areas of Western China focusing on disease prevalence and burden in children, we have identified widespread disease, including brain infections and resulting cognitive deficits. We hope to identify transmission pathways and pilot interventions that will reduce transmission.
Spillover of Zoonotic Diseases in a Fragmented Landscape, Costa Rica
- Bat hunting and bat-human interactions in Bangladeshi villages: implications for zoonotic disease transmission and bat conservation Transboundary & Emerging Disease 2016
- Increased morbidity and mortality in domestic animals fed ground and bitten fruit in Bangladeshi villages: implications for bat borne zoonotic disease transmission EcoHealth 2015
- Rocky mountain spotted fever in the United States, 2000-2007: interpreting contemporary increases in incidence. American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 2010; 83 (1): 174–182
- Eczema vaccinatum resulting from the transmission of vaccinia virus from a smallpox vaccinee: an investigation of potential fomites in the home environment Vaccine 2009; 27 (3): 375-7
- Human Ehrlichiosis: Clinical and Ecological Challenges Southern Medical Journal 2007; 100 (8): 769-770
- Purple Glove Syndrome Following Intravenous Phenytoin Administration Vascular Medicine 2007; 12: 29-31
- Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis and its clinical distinction from Rocky Mountain spotted fever Clin Infect Dis. 2006; 47 (9): 1188-96