Machine Learning to Predict Zoonotic Disease

Why do the majority of human infectious diseases originate from wildlife? Our lab seeks to identify intrinsic characteristics of wild species (e.g., life history, ecological, physiological traits) that signal their potential to be future reservoirs of zoonotic diseases (human diseases with animal origins); to identify traits of pathogenic microorganisms and their vectors that best predict their potential to facilitate disease; to bring into focus the environmental factors and interactions that trigger pathogen spillover or support large disease outbreaks. Rather than focusing on particular pathogens or host species, we apply machine learning approaches to globally comprehensive databases spanning all known parasites and pathogens of animals and humans.

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