Kacey Ernst Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics University of Arizona

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Kacey C. Ernst, PhD MPH joined the University of Arizona faculty in 2008 as an infectious disease epidemiologist. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work examines the role of climate and climate change in the emergence of infectious diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases including malaria and dengue. She works within a highly interdisciplinary team of climatologists, anthropologists, entomologists, and geographers to develop models that predict both the seasonal and long-term trends of Aedes-borne viruses in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, to developing a better understanding of how vector-borne disease risk may change in the future, she seeks to engage communities in developing capacity-building and resilience strategies to reduce their risk. She has conducted field work in Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, and Jamaica to better understand the current and future response capacity of predominantly rural populations and to advise academic public health programs.