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                                                         JENNIFER K. PETERSON

Princeton University Tel: +917-650-8332
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology jkpeters@princeton.edu
110 Eno Hall www.jennipeterson.com

 

CURRENT POSITION

Postdoctoral Researcher,
Dobson Group
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Princeton University

 

EDUCATION

2009-2015 Princeton University, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Doctor of Philosophy
2006-2008 Columbia University, E3B Department Post-baccalereate program
1997-2000 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

RESEARCH

2015-present Triatomine bugs on the islands of Trinidad and Grenada: distribution, blood meal sources and Trypanosoma cruzi infection prevalence
2015-present Mathematical Modelling to Support the Achievement of the 2020 Goals for Chagas disease. Supported by the Task Force for Global Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. PI: Professor Andrew Dobson, Princeton University
2010-2015 Life history consequences of Infection with Chagas disease agent Trypanosoma cruzi for its invertebrate host Rhodnius prolixus. PhD thesis. Princeton University. Advisors: Professors Andrew P. Dobson, Andrea L. Graham, Bryan Grenfell Nicole Gottdenker, Omar Triana
2012-2013 Use of a flight mill to measure flight behavior and performance of Rhodnius pallescens in response to experimental infection with Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli
2010 Key factors determining spatial distribution of weaver bird nests. Tropical field ecology course. Mpala Research Center, Laikipia, Kenya
2008-2009 Gene flow characterization among isolated populations of large felids. Research Assistant. Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History
2007-2008 Isolation, characterization and cross-species amplification of new microsatellite markers for three opossum species of the Didelphidae family  Sackler Institute For Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History.
2007 Terrestrial vertebrate biodiversity in the Miches watershed region of the Dominican Republic. Field assistant. Environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth program, Columbia University and the Office of the President of the Dominican Republic

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peterson JK, Graham AL. (2016). What are the “true” effects of Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli on their triatomine bug vector?  J. Vector Ecol: 41(1):27-33. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jvec.12190

Peterson JK, Graham AL, Dobson AP, Triana O. (2016). Trypanosoma cruzi -Trypanosoma rangeli co-infection ameliorates negative effects of single trypanosome infections in experimentally infected Rhodnius prolixus. Parasitology. Aug; 143(9): 1157-67. Epub 2016 May 13. doi: 10.1017/S0031182016000615.

Gottdenker NL, Chávez LF, Calzada JE, Peterson JK, Santamaría A, Pineda V, Saldaña A. (2016). Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli co-infection patterns in insect vectors vary across habitat types in a fragmented forest landscape. Parasitology Open: Accepted.

Dobson AP, Alonso D, Peterson JK, Pascual M. (2016). Emerging vector borne diseases– Potential problems arising from the control of Zika virus. Science Advances: submitted.

Bartsch SM, Peterson JK, Hertenstein DL, Skrip L, Ndeffo-Mbah M, Galvani A, Dobson AP, Lee BY. (2016). Comparison and validation of two computational models of Chagas disease: a thirty year perspective from Venezuela. In prep. Target Journal: Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B

Peterson JK, Triana O, Dobson AP, Dias AF, Graham AL, AM Mejia Jaramillo. (2016). Preliminary report of Trypanosoma cruzi strain genetic profile change reflected in Rhodnius prolixus survival. In prep. Target Journal: Am J Trop Med Hyg.

Peterson JK, Dobson AP, Graham AL, Triana O. (2016). Trypanosome transmission event characteristics that influence Rhodnius prolixus survival. In prep. Target Journal: Invertebrate pathology

Bartsch SM, Peterson JK, Hertenstein DL, Skrip L, Ndeffo-Mbah M, Galvani A, Dobson AP, Lee BY. (2016).
Comparison and validation of two computational models of Chagas disease: a thirty year perspective from Venezuela. In prep. Target Journal: Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B

Peterson JK, Bartsch SM, Lee BY, Dobson, AP. (2015). Broad patterns in domestic vector-borne Trypanosoma cruzi transmission dynamics: synanthropic animals and vector control. PARASITE VECTOR: 8:537. doi:10.1186/s13071-015-1146-1. Click here for online version.

Peterson JK, Graham AL, Dobson AP, Triana, O. (2015). Rhodnius prolixus life history outcomes differ when infected with different Trypanosoma cruzi I strains. Am J Trop Med Hyg. Published online June 15, 2015; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.15-0218

T. Déirdre Hollingsworth, Emily R. Adams, Roy M. Anderson, Katherine Atkins, Sarah Bartsch, María-Gloria Basáñez, Matthew Behrend, David J. Blok, Lloyd A. C. Chapman, Luc Coffeng, Orin Courtenay, Ron E. Crump, Sake J. de Vlas, Andy Dobson, Louise Dyson, Hajnal Farkas, Alison P. Galvani, Manoj Gambhir, David Gurarie, Michael A. Irvine, Sarah Jervis, Matt J. Keeling, Louise Kelly-Hope, Charles King, Bruce Y. Lee, Epke A. Le Rutte, Thomas M. Lietman, Martial Ndeffo-Mbah, Graham F. Medley, Edwin Michael, Abhishek Pandey, Jennifer K. Peterson, Amy Pinsent, Travis C. Porco, Jan Hendrik Richardus, Lisa Reimer, Kat S. Rock, Brajendra K. Singh, Wilma Stolk, Subramanian Swaminathan, Steve J. Torr, Jeffrey Townsend, James Truscott, Martin Walker, Alexandra Zoueva and NTD Modelling Consortium. (2015). Quantitative analyses and modelling to support achivement of the 2020 goals for nine neglected tropical diseases. PARASITE VECTOR: 8:630. doi:10.1186/s13071-015-1235-1.

Castro LA*,  Peterson JK*, Saldaña A, Peirrera MY, Calzada JE, Pineda V, Dobson AP, Gottdenker NL. (2014). Use of a tethered flight mill to measure flight behavior and performance of Rhodnius pallescens. J. Med Entomol 51(5): 1010-1018.*Both authors contributed equally to this work.

Echeverry-Galvis MA, Peterson JK, Sulo R. (2014).  The Social Nestwork: Tree Structure Determines Nest Placement in Kenyan Weaver Bird Colonies.  PLoS ONE 9(2): e88761. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088761.

Dias IMG, Amato G, Cunha HM, DeSalle R, Paglia AP,  Peterson JK, Fonseca CG. (2009). Isolation, characterization and cross-species amplification of new microsatellite markers for three opossum species of the Didelphidae family. ConservGenetResour1,1: 405-410.

 

PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 65th Annual Meeting. 2016. Scientific Session: Quantitative approaches to support the achievement of elimination targets for intensified disease management NTDs. Session chair.

XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria. 2016. Peterson JK, Dobson AP. Age-structured models for the population dynamics of Chagas disease: insights for vector control and elimination. Oral presentation.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 64th Annual Meeting. 2015. Scientific Session 129: Mosquitos and Other Arthropods. Session chair.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 64th Annual Meeting. 2015. Peterson JK, Graham AL, Dobson AP, Triana O. Rhodnius prolixus survival when infected with Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli: the effect of infective dose and co-infection. Oral presentation.

Entomological Society of America, 62nd Annual Meeting. November, 2014. ‘Triatominae from Genes to Populations: The Road to New Insights and Challenges on the Horizon of Vector Ecology.’ Symposium organizer and moderator.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 63rd Annual Meeting. 2014. Peterson JK, Graham AL, Dobson AP, Triana O. Trypanosoma cruzi co-infection and strain differences drive fitness variation in Chagas disease vector Rhodnius prolixus. Oral presentation.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 62nd Annual Meeting. 2013. Peterson JK, Graham AL, Dobson AP, Triana O. The virulence of Chagas disease agent Trypanosoma cruzi in its insect vector. Oral presentation.

XXI Congreso Latinoamericano de Parasitología. 2013. Peterson JK, Graham AL, Dobson AP, Triana O. Rhodnius prolixus survival when infected with different strains of Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli alone and concurrently. Oral Presentation.

XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria. 2012. Peterson JK, Triana O, Dobson AP, Graham AL. Variables affecting Rhodnius prolixus survival when co-infected with Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli. Poster.

XXI Congreso Latinoamericano de Parasitología. 2011. Peterson JK, Triana O, Dobson AP. Trypanosoma cruzi-Trypanosoma rangeli co-infection of Chagas disease vector Rhodnius prolixus. Poster.

Princeton Research Symposium. 2010.  Echeverry-Galvis MA, Peterson JK, Sulo R, Devarajan K. Key factors determining the spatial distribution of weaver bird nests at Mpala Research Station, Laikipia, Kenya.  Poster.

95th Annual Ecological Society of America Meeting. 2010. Echeverry-Galvis MA, Peterson JK, Sulo R, Devarajan K. Key factors determining the spatial distribution of weaver bird nests at Mpala Research Station, Laikipia, Kenya.  Poster.

Rutgers, Princeton, Penn Ecology and Evolution Graduate Student Conference. 2010. Peterson JK. The genetic basis of a complex morphological trait. Oral presentation.

TEACHING AND MENTORING, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

2012-15 Assistant in Instruction, Ecology and Epidemiology of Parasites and Infectious Diseases (EEB328), Gamboa, Panama; course hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

2013-14

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Mentor for Ryan Elliott, “Triatomines and trypanosomes: Fitness impacts of Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli mono- and coinfections in the triatomine vector Rhodnius prolixus.”

2013

Assistant in Instruction, Biology of Coral Reefs (EEB345)

2012-13

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Mentor for Lauren Castro, “Flight performance and trypanosome infection of the Chagas disease vector Rhodnius Pallescens: implications for the spatio-temporal spread of Trypanosoma cruzi in rural landscapes”

2011-2012 Group Leader, Senior Thesis Writing Group

2009 Assistant in Instruction, Evolutionary Biology Writing (EEB 309)

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 2014 Princeton Emerging Alumni Scholars Award (http://alumni.princeton.edu/learntravel/lectures/videodetail/index.xml?videoid=380)
 2013 Program for Latin American Studies Summer Graduate Research Grant
 2013 Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Research Grant
 2012 Program for Latin American Studies Summer Graduate Research Grant
 2011 Health Grand Challenges/ Princeton Center for Health and Wellbeing Graduate Research Award
 2006-2008 Rockefeller University Tuition Award
 2006 Columbia University SEE-U scholarship

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
2015-2016 Society for Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
2012-2016 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
2013-2014 Entomological Society of America
2012-2014 Society of Vector Ecology

 

ADHOC REVIWERSHIPS
The Lancet Global Health
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Parasites & Vectors
International Journal for Parasitology
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Parasitology International
Insects

 

SKILLS

Molecular biology: DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA sequence and microsatellite analysis
Parasitology: Trypansoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli handling, culturing, counting and DNA extraction
Entomology: Triatomine care, feeding, fluid collection, oral parasite infection, sacrifice and dissection
Field ecology: Camera trap use, xenodiagnosis using triatomine bugs, animal track collection & recognition.
Languages: English (native), Spanish (fluent), French (basic)