More than 200 million people are infected with schistosomes, aquatic parasites that cycle between snails and humans, and cause the human disease schistosomiasis. Risk of contracting this disease is expected to rise in the coming years due to climate change, agricultural expansion, and population growth. In her Share Your Research Talk, Dr. Karena Nguyen provides an overview of the schistosome life cycle, including the points at which interventions can disrupt this cycle in order to reduce disease transmission. She then goes on to discuss her work modeling the impact of these interventions.
Karena Nguyen is a disease ecologist, parasitologist, and environmental microbiologist. She studies schistosomes, the parasites that cause schistosomiasis in humans using a combination of molecular tools and epidemiological models. As a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in the Fellowship in Science Research and Teaching (FIRST) program, she studied the epidemiological impact of hybrid schistosomes. She… Continue Reading