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                                                         JENNIFER K. PETERSON

3939 SW Bond Ave #329 Tel: +917-650-8332
Portland, OR 97239 jenni.peterson@gmail.com
USA www.jennipeterson.com

 

EDUCATION AND POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING

2017 University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Biostatistics & Epidemiology Post-doctoral Researcher
2015-2016 Princeton University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Post-doctoral Researcher
2011-2015 Princeton University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Doctor of Philosophy
2009-2011 Princeton University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Master of Arts
2006-2008 Columbia University, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology Post-baccalaureate certificate
1997-2000 Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

RESEARCH

2017-present Infestation risk informationuse by health inspectors in Arequipa, Peru. PI: Michael Z Levy, University of Pennsylvania.
2015-present Triatomine bugs on the islands of Trinidad and Grenada: distribution, blood meal sources and Trypanosoma cruzi infection prevalence. Role: PI.
2015-2017 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. Advisers: 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.
PI: Nicole Gottdenker.
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

  1. Gutfraind A*, Peterson JK*, Billig Rose E, Arevalo-Nieto C, Sheen J, Condori-Luna GF, Tankasala N, Castillo-Neyra R, Condori-Pino C, Anand P, Naquira-Velarde C, Levy MZ. (2018). Integrating evidence, models and maps to enhance Chagas disease vector surveillance. Submitted: PLoS NTDs. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
  2. Tracy DM*, Gervasi S*, Peterson JK, Levy MZ. Insecticidal paints reduce survival and impair movement in the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Submitted: J. Vector Ecol. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
  3. Peterson, JK. (2018). Chagas disease in Central America: A review of socioeconomic, cultural and environmental factors. Invited review for Current Tropical Medicine Reports. In prep.
  4. Eakes, A*, Fitzpatrick D, Suepaul R, Dobson AP, Peterson JK. (2018). First report of human DNA found in T. cruzi-infected triatomine bugs on the island of Trinidad. In prep. Target journal: Emerg Infect Diseases. *paper resulting from A. Eakes’s senior thesis, supervised by JK Peterson.
  5. Peterson JK, Dobson AP, Triana O, Graham AL. (2018). Infection event characteristics that influence Rhodnius prolixus survival. In prep. Target journal: Ecol entomol.
  6. Peterson JK*, Salazar R*,Castillo-Neyra R, Borrini K, Condori C, Bartow-McKenney C,  Tracy D, Naquira C,  Levy, MZ. (2018). Trypanosoma cruzi infection does not decrease survival or reproduction of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Am J Trop Med Hyg: Mar; 98(3): 724-734. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0593. Epub 2018 Jan 18. * Both authors contributed equally to this work.
  7. Cucunubá ZM, Nouvellet P, Peterson JK, Bartsch SM, Lee BY, Dobson AP, Basañez MG. (2018). Complementary Paths to Chagas Disease Elimination: The Impact of Combining Vector Control with Aetiological Treatment.  Clin Infect Dis: 66(suppl_4): S293–S300, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy006.
  8. Bartsch SM, Peterson JK, Hertenstein DL, Skrip L, Ndeffo-Mbah M, Galvani A, Dobson AP, Lee BY. (2017). Comparison and validation of two computational models of Chagas disease: a thirty year perspective from Venezuela. Epidemics: March 18:81-91.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epidem.2017.02.004.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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: 2. doi: 10.1017/pao.2016.9.
  12. 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.
  13. 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: Sep 2;93(3):564-72. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0218. Epub 2015 Jun 15
  14. Hollingsworth TD, Adams ER, Anderson RM, [and 43 others, including, Peterson JK].(2015). Quantitative analyses and modelling to support achivement of the 2020 goals for nine neglected tropical diseases. PARASITE VECTOR:630.doi:10.1186/s13071-015-1235-1.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 66th Annual Meeting Meeting, Baltimore, MD. 2017. Oral presentation.
  • 15th Annual Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA. 2017. Poster.
  • VI International Conference on Infectious Tropical Diseases, Iquitos, Perú. 2017. Invited speaker
  • 22nd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission for the Subergional Southern Cone Initiative for the Elimination of Triatoma infestans and the Interuption of Transfusional Transmission of American Trypanosomiasis (INCOSUR/Chagas), Asunción, Paraguay. 2016. Invited speaker
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 65th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. 2016. Scientific Session: Quantitative approaches to support the achievement of elimination targets for intensified disease management NTDs. Session co-chair.
  • XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Brisbane, Australia. 2016.  Oral presentation.
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 64th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 2015. Scientific Session 129: Mosquitos and Other Arthropods. Session co-chair and oral presentation..
  • Entomological Society of America, 62nd Annual Meeting. November, Portland, OR. 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, Philadelphia, PA. 2014.  Oral presentation.
  • 13th International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA), Mexico City, Mexico, 2014. Poster
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 62nd Annual Meeting, Washington DC. 2013. Oral presentation.
  • XXI Congreso Latinoamericano de Parasitología, Guayaquil, Ecuador. 2013. Oral Presentation.
  • 11th Annual Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Meeting, State College, PA. Poster.
  • XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2012. Poster.
  • XXI Congreso Latinoamericano de Parasitología, Bogotá, Colombia. 2011. Poster.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 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

 

PARTICIPATION IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

  • Grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation.
  • Manuscript reviewer for:
    • BMC Infectious Diseases
    • Journal of Medical Entomology
    • Insects
    • Lancet Global Health
    • Medical and Veterinary Entomology
    • Parasites and Vectors
    • Parasitology International
    • Peer J
    • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
    • Scientific Reports
    • Trends in Parasitology
  • Professional Memberships
    • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2012-present)
    • Society for Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (2015-present)
    • Entomological Society of America (2013-14)
    • Society of Vector Ecology (2012-14)

 

TEACHING AND MENTORING, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

2015-2017 Undergraduate Senior Thesis Mentor for Alexandra Eakes, ““Chagas disease ecology in Trinidad: Trypanosoma cruzi infection status and bloodmeal analysis of triatomine bugs on an island considered free of vector-borne transmission.”
2015-2017 Undergraduate Senior Thesis Mentor for Adriana Stephenson, “Elucidating Trypanosoma cruzi reservoirs across South and Central America: a review of over 70 years of sero-epidemiological evidence”
2016 Lecturer, Ecology and Epidemiology of Parasites and Infectious Diseases (EEB328), Gamboa, Panama; course hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
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)
2013-2015 Undergraduate Senior Thesis Mentor for Roberta Hutton, ““Vector control and health care-seeking behavior: Chagas disease and dengue fever in Medellín, Colombia”
2014 Assistant in Instruction, Immune Systems: From Molecules to Populations (EEB 327-MOL327)
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)