• Collecting Rhodnius pallescens in palm trees outside of Panama City

    Collecting Rhodnius pallescens in palm trees outside of Panama City

  • Working with Rhodnius prolixus in Medellin, Colombia

    Working with Rhodnius prolixus in Medellin, Colombia

  • Raising Chagas disease awareness in Mompox, Colombia

    Raising Chagas disease awareness in Mompox, Colombia

  • Kissing the kissing bug (don’t worry, it’s dead)

    Kissing the kissing bug (don’t worry, it’s dead)

Jenni Peterson - The ecology of Chagas disease

I am a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. I study the ecology of infectious diseases with a focus on Chagas disease. I am co-advised by Professors Andy Dobson and Andrea Graham.


Exciting News: Jenni has been selected as a 2014 Princeton Emerging Alumni Scholar. This award recognizes and showcases the work of three distinguished graduate students and is designed to share some of the best doctoral research being conducted at the University. See more here.

Research Interests

I am interested in how parasite community dynamics within a host affect individual parasite fitness. My thesis research is centered on the parasite community of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, and its triatomine vector Rhodnius prolixus. For more information, click here.

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