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Steve Meshnick


Department of Epidemiology

Steve Meshnick, MD, PhD, FASTMH is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.   He did his undergraduate work at Columbia College and received his graduate degrees at Cornell Medical School and the Rockefeller University.   He moved from the University of Michigan to UNC in 2001 with a small lab that gradually grew into IDEEL.

Dr. Meshnick has worked on tropical diseases for his entire career and has over 350 scientific publications.   He  currently serves on the Microbiology and Infectious Disease B NIH Study Section.   He is an internationally recognized expert on malaria who has worked on a variety of other infectious diseases including tick-borne diseases, leishmaniasis, HIV, trypanosomiasis and hepatitis.  Dr. Meshnick’s research focus has been on the use of molecular and genetic tools in epidemiology, especially to study pathogen spread and the evolution of drug-resistance.

He has a long-standing commitment to training.  He is currently PI of two NIH training grants.  He has been the primary mentor for over 40 PhD students and 10 postdocs.   He began working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2003, but he has also worked in Kenya, Malawi, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Nicaragua and Brazil.

He is also an amateur singer-songwriter.

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