Vector-borne and parasitic diseases are of historic and recent public health concern. The strong, complex relationship between humans, vectors, and pathogens requires an interdisciplinary approach to understand the broad contextual factors involved in disease transmission. At the Prokopec Lab, we believe that an eco-epidemiological approach, including experimentation and careful consideration of biological processes, is needed to recognize the multi-level causation of arboviral diseases and properly create disease prevention strategies.
Research at the Prokopec Lab lies at the interface between environmental science and public health. Our primary research areas include disease ecology, spatial and landscape epidemiology, and global health. We emphasize the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that give rise to the spatial and temporal dynamics of disease emergence among populations and species. Most importantly, we are interested in applying this knowledge to creating evidence-based public health interventions and contributing to community outreach.
We currently have a broad range of research interests that span fields of study and international borders. Please click below for more information about our ongoing research projects or view our interactive map to see our international study sites!