Alex Perkins, PhD, Eck Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and a member of the Eck Institute for Global Health, is among the “Best of 2016” editor’s top 10 picks for the publication Nature Microbiology, a nature research journal. According to the publication, each year the most popular content is chosen to highlight research that is being viewed, shared, blogged, and picked up by the news.
Perkins’ paper, Model-based projections of Zika virus infections in childbearing women in the Americas, was ranked #2 for 2016. “It was incredible to see the media attention that this work received,” notes Perkins. “I think that shows what a gap there is between the public’s interest to know what the future holds for Zika and scientists’ limited ability to give them answers to those questions in the early stages of a disease’s emergence. We are making progress, and I think this paper was recognized as an important early contribution to understanding the extent of the Zika threat across the Americas.”
Research in the Perkins Lab applies mathematical modeling to the study of infectious disease transmission dynamics and control, with a focus on mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue, and malaria.