M. Pilar Fernandez


Pilar is an early-career biologist, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Her main research interests are on the eco-epidemiology of vector transmitted diseases, mathematical modelling and complex systems. She integrates traditional epidemiological research with an expanded perspective that includes eco-bio-social determinants, their eventual interactions and spatial patterns. Her ultimate goal is to identify critical factors affecting disease transmission, which will aid in the design of improved intervention strategies and tools to alleviate the biological and socio-economic burden of vector-borne diseases. Her past experience has been on Chagas disease research, conducted in indigenous rural communities of northern Argentina. Within the lab, she will study the dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human systems (CNHs) in tick-borne diseases in Northeast.