IDEEL@UNC (Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Ecology Lab at University of North Carolina) was formed in 2015 by a group of principal investigators who shared a vision for improving the health of the world's poorest populations by improving our understanding of the infectious diseases that impact them most. The idea was to provide a platform to promote collaborative interdisciplinary research to tackle issues about how pathogens interact with human hosts. Investigators come from a wide-breadth of backgrounds including infectious disease physicians, epidemiologists, molecular parasitologists, cell biologists, geneticist and geographers. The founding investigators include (see PEOPLE):
- Dr. Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD
- Dr. Jonathan J Juliano, MD, MSPH
- Dr. Carla Cerami, MD, PhD
- Dr. Jessica Lin, MD
- Dr. Natalie Bowman, MD
- Dr. Michael Emch, PhD
The work of this collaborative team primarily focuses on malaria, including studies ranging from cellular biology, to genomics, to translational and spatial epidemiology. However, the investigators embrace other diseases that affect these populations and have conducted a range of work on other pathogens including Trypanosoma cruzi (the agent of Chagas disease), Hepatitis C and illnesses transmitted by ticks (e.g. Rickettsia).
The work being done by IDEEL@UNC will help directly impact the health and well being of millions of individuals around the globe. The advances provided by this research will have impacts on our basic understanding of the pathogens we study and the applied nature of much of our work allows for direct impacts on health policies at all levels.