I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health. I’m investigating the maintenance of pneumoccocal diversity with Marc Lipsitch and, more broadly, the ways in which pathogens compete through host immunity. In the summer of 2013, I will join the Ecology & Evolution Department at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor.
I received my PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology with Mercedes Pascual, a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator at the University of Michigan. At Michigan I examined the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of influenza viruses, and my training involved a large dose of complex systems theory.
Before graduate school, I was as an assistant program officer for IUCN in Lao PDR, where I worked on projects involving conservation and sustainable development. I also briefly interned with Peter Daszak at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine (now EcoHealth Alliance).
My undergraduate advisor, Andy Dobson, was the first person to show me that modeling parasites could be fun and useful.
You can download my CV here.