Assistant Professor, Medicine: Infectious Diseases and International Health
- PhD, Molecular diagnostics & epidemiology, Shandong University
Molecular diagnostics and epidemiology
A fundamental requirement of reducing the burden of disease is to discern etiologies and epidemiology to guide effective interventions, such as vaccines. We aim to develop sensitive, specific, and quantitative molecular diagnostic methods for detection of causative agents, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. We then apply these methods to studies in various settings, such as case/control, birth cohort, or surveillance, to assess the regional and global burden of these agents and, more importantly, to identify their association with diseases. Meanwhile, these methods are also being used in intervention studies to measure the effectiveness of a prevention or treatment procedure.