Faculty in EHE have been at the forefront of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from policy approaches to health security to foundational biomedical research. In particular, faculty have been engaged to develop new testing tools, surveillance approaches in water and wastewater, and to understand how essential workers are supported to respond to this emerging threat.
Wastewater Surveillance for COVID-19
Monitoring wastewater to fight COVID-19 is a valuable public heath surveillance tool. When an individual is infected with SARS-CoV-2, in many instances the virus will be shed from feces, which can be a leading indicator of infection. The Schwab lab is undertaking sewage surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 RNA to identify sources of infection in a population upstream of wastewater treatment plants. This work aims to detect COVID-19 infections in the pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic phase that will guide mass testing strategies at the building level with the goal to prevent future outbreaks of infections.
Sex Differences and the Cytokine Storm Associated with COVID-19 Mortality
The Sille laboratory, in collaboration with Ramana Sidhaye, MD and Andy Pekosz, PhD, is working to identify inflammatory profiles among patients with COVID-19, with particular attention to differences in this response between males and females.
Veterinary and Animal Care Workers' Perceived Risk and Willingness to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic (CoVET Study)
Zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 highlight the importance of animal care workers for pandemic response. The Davis research team is investigating the readiness, willingness, and ability of this workforce to respond to COVID-19, with the goal to develop and maintain a resilient animal care workforce capable of responding to this and future crisis situations.
Jacqueline Agnew, PhD
The goal of Dr. Agnew's research is to better understand the relationship between workplace exposures, worker characteristics, and musculoskeletal disorders so that these debilitating and expensive conditions can be prevented.
Daniel Barnett, MD
Dr. Barnett's interests include best practice models to enhance all-hazards public health emergency readiness and response.
Meghan Davis, DVM, PhD*
Meghan studies the interface of bacteria and hosts to reduce microbe-mediated disease in humans and animals. Her work applies the principles of one health and microbial ecology, evaluating target microbes and bacterial genes specifically and the larger microbial community (microbiome) broadly.
Natalie Exum, PhD
Natalie is the Senior Technical Advisor for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for PMA2020's mobile health data collection platform. She oversees PMA2020 WASH surveys and data analysis in all program countries.
Shima Hamidi, PhD*
Dr. Hamidi has expertise in geospatial data, built environment, housing and transportation and their connections to public health.
Thomas Hartung, PhD
The primary goal of my work is toward a paradigm shift in toxicity testing to improve public health.
Chris Heaney, PhD*
Chris' research focuses on environmentally-mediated impacts on health and well-being, specifically community land use, waste disposal, and food production practices, and integrates the academic disciplines of environmental microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR).
Helena Hogberg, PhD
Jennifer Nuzzo, PhD
An epidemiologist by training, Jennifer's work focuses on global health security, with a focus on pandemic preparedness, outbreak detection and response, health systems as they relate to global health security, biosurveillance, and infectious disease diagnostics.
Kellogg Schwab, PhD*
Kellogg's research laboratory focuses on environmental microbiology and engineering with an emphasis on the fate and transport of chemicals, emerging contaminants and pathogenic microorganisms in water, food, and the environment.
Fenna Sillé, PhD*
The focus of Fenna's research group is to understand the effects of environmental exposures on the development and function of our immune system.
Lena Smirnova, PhD
Lena's overall research goal is to develop new, more predictive, and human-relevant in vitro methods in developmental neurotoxicology, such as iPSC-derived brain roganoids. Her primary research interest is molecular mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress.