Tulane researcher to study impact of changes to the environment on infectious diseases

September 19, 2013

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444


Carrie A. Manore, postdoctoral researcher at the Tulane Center for Computational Science (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Carrie A. Manore, a postdoctoral researcher at the Tulane University Center for Computational Science, has been awarded a $480,700 fellowship to study the impact of environmental changes on emerging and potentially emerging infectious diseases.

Manore received the award from the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellows Program. The project involves the creation of a modeling study showing how disease risk can be mitigated by sustainable management of the environment.

In particular, her research will focus on diseases that spread from animals to humans, such as West Nile virus, dengue, Rift Valley fever, hantavirus and chikungunya, with an emphasis on how human mobility, climate, and disturbance of the environment modify risk.

“Using mathematical models, the work will inform policy makers about these emerging risks and how risk can be mitigated by public health control measures and by sustainable management of the environment,” Manore said.

Some of those measures could include better planning of urban and agricultural expansion, increased surveillance and data sharing and more effective public health strategies such as the use of new technology.

The award is given to promising early career researchers to establish themselves in an independent research career related to sustainability.

Manore will collaborate with Mac Hyman, a mathematics professor at Tulane; Christoper Mores, an associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University; and additional scientists at Pennsylvania State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition, Manore will mentor graduate and undergraduate students involved the project.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000