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Buffalo post-mortem TB testing
with Dr. Markus Hofmeyr
Kruger National Park, South Africa (2000)

Emerging and re-emerging diseases have been characterized as one of the greatest challenges of our times. Critical issues from drug-resistant malaria to insecticide-resistant mosquitoes continue to threaten India and the globe as rapid pathogen and vector evolution outpace technological solutions, such as novel drugs or insecticides. Consequently, there is an urgent need for evolution-proof disease management strategies founded upon basic research into the ecological and evolutionary processes affecting disease dynamics.

Elephant postmortem examination
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, India (1997).

As a disease ecologist and evolutionary epidemiologist my research aims to further our understanding of parasite and disease dynamics in natural/anthropogenic environments by integrating epidemiological, ecological, genetic, and socioeconomic data using empirical and theoretical approaches. I hope a better understanding of the eco-evolutionary aspects of parasitism will help us better manage diseases in humans and animals. The importance of such an intimate understanding of parasites has never been more relevant to human well-being and ecosystem persistence as in present times when environment perturbations –from global climate change to local habitat fragmentation – have led to modified disease dynamics, and consequently the emergence or reemergence of disease.

 

Anthrax Ele

Anthrax sampling during an elephant die-off
Kabini River, India (1998)

Treatment of a wildlife elephant
Buxa Tiger Reserve, India (2001)

Zebra immobilization during ENVIROVET
Nairobi National Park, Kenya (2002)

Racoon sampling

Genetic & serum sampling of raccoons
Upper Wabash River Basin, USA (2006)

Trapping 'wild' mosquitoes in the urban jungle
Richmond CIty, USA (2011).

Mist Avian

Mist netting birds for Avian Malaria
Western Ghats, India (2014)