I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Michigan. I am broadly interested in the spatiotemporal population dynamics of childhood infectious diseases. My current work focuses on describing the seasonality of historical childhood disease epidemics, harnessing the power of digital epidemiology to understand diseases at the population-level, understanding the interactions between pathogens whose seasonality occurs around the same time, and discovering the mechanisms that drive the persistence of pathogens across space and time.
Prior to Michigan, I earned two B.S. degrees from Michigan State University, one in Human Biology, and another in Zoology, before starting graduate school at the University of Georgia. While there, I studied marine microbial ecology in Antarctica, characterizing the community structure of bacteria in sea ice and the associated polynyas. I became interested in mathematical modeling of ecological population dynamics , so I moved to Michigan and joined the Rohani lab, where I earned my Masters degree. If you know what you're looking for, scroll down to the footer for direct links to all my web pages.