Today at #UCDavis: Giulio De Leo “Planetary Health: novel ecological solutions for the control of environmentally transmitted diseases”

Dr. Giulio De Leo is the seminar speaker for the Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series Today Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 4:10pm in 2205 Haring Hall.

His talk is entitled: “Planetary Health: novel ecological solutions for the control of environmentally transmitted diseases”

Abstract: In the past few decades, the unprecedented rate of technological innovation has contributed to the decline of diseases that have afflicted humanity for centuries. Yet, for diseases with obligate environmental transmission, such as malaria and schistosomiasis, targeting pathogens in the human host through vaccines and drugs might not be enough. In my talk, I present empirical evidence and theoretical considerations from a field project based in Senegal to promote a more holistic approach that acknowledges the ecological complexities driving disease dynamics and investigates the interactions of people and the environment. The ultimate goal is to identify "ecological levers" we can use to develop cost-effective solutions that can improve human health and protect the environment.

For more information on Giulio and his current work, please see the De Leo lab website, .

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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