EnviroThursday - “What’s in the Water? Using Molecular and Ecological Approaches to Improve Disease Surveillance”
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
noon - 1 p.m.
Olin-Rice Science Center 250
Speaker: Karena Ha Nguyen, postdoctoral fellow with the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA
Dr. Karena Nguyen’s talk will focus on her current projects, which aim to elucidate patterns of diurnal variation of environmental water quality indicators in the Chattahoochee River and to characterize the epidemiological impact of human-cattle hybrid schistosomes in Tanzania. In addition to research, she developed and taught ‘Parasites and Peoples: Can You Worm Your Way Out?’, an upper-level parasitology and disease ecology course, at Morehouse College. She will discuss preliminary data on the impact of using case studies to enhance student self-efficacy and science identity in biology.
Dr. Nguyen works in the the Civitello Lab, whose research spans multiple disciplines, including disease ecology, community ecology and biodiversity, consumer resource ecology, natural resource management, and theory. She is also a part of Levy Lab, which uses environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to address questions related to water, sanitation, and hygiene.