Drivers of Emergence of Arboviral Diseases
Amy Y. Vittor, M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Medicine; Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine
Research Interest: Drivers of emergence of arboviral diseases, global health, humeral immunity to arboviruses, malaria, Ecological associations with vector-borne disease
Dr. Amy Vittor studies factors that drive the emergence of vector-borne diseases. She conducted her doctorate on malaria and deforestation in the Peruvian Amazin, showing that a strong positive association exists between the abundance of malaria vectors and anthropogenic land use change. During her medical training, she treated patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, Kenya and Panama, and conducted malaria bed net implementation research in a United Nations Millennium Village in Ethiopia with the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Driven by a desire to better understand why arboviruses emerge where and when they do, she turned her attention to arboviral transmission. She studied dengue epidemiology in Kenya with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Nairobi as a Fogarty International Clinical Fellow, and subsequently moved to Panama to examine the epidemiology of Venezuelan equine encephalitis and the emergent Madariaga encephalitis.
At present, her research continues to look at the effect of land use change on vector-borne disease, but now also includes an examination of the role of host susceptibility and the population’s prior immune history. She also attends on the infectious diseases service at the University of Florida Shands hospital.
If you are interested in Dr. Vittor’s research, please contact Amy Vittor to discuss opportunities.