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Dr. Bowden's research focuses on drivers and dynamics of infectious diseases, primarily mosquito-borne and zoonotic disease (spread from wildlife to humans). Using a range of approaches from laboratory experiments to mathematical modeling and machine learning, Dr. Bowden aims to integrate theory from disease ecology, population and community ecology, and epidemiology to address questions at the interface of ecology and global public health.
Dr. Bowden's current research aims to predict the geographic locations and mosquito species from which vector-borne zoonotic diseases, such as West Nile virus (WNV), dengue (DENV), chikungunya (CHIKV), and Zika virus (ZIKV), are likely to emerge. Vector-borne diseases pose an enormous public health burden, with 50% of the global human population estimated to be at risk of acquiring at least one vector-borne disease. Most vector-borne diseases of public health concern are zoonotic, spilling over from animal populations to cause outbreaks or epidemics in humans. In light of their implications for human health, successful vector control and disease management will require an ecological understanding of vector-borne disease systems. The ultimate goal of the proposed research is to inform a system of targeted surveillance for zoonotic disease vectors and vector-borne disease outbreaks, as well as to provide guidance for vector control and pathogen reduction in natural populations.
Personal website: sebowden.github.io
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