Justin Remais, Professor

Closed (1) Environmental, ecological and social dynamics of infectious diseases in a changing environment

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

FA21/SP22 OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE GROUP ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN-PERSON, BUT FULLY REMOTE APPRENTICES WILL BE CONSIDERED

The Remais Lab is currently seeking a URAP apprentice(s) to collaborate on multiple domestic and global research projects on infectious disease and environmental change.

Environmental, ecological and social dynamics are central to the epidemiology of infectious diseases caused by environmental pathogens, and understanding these links can yield new evidence in support of ecological preservation and restoration, more reliable projections of future disease in light of environmental change, novel opportunities to prevent disease transmission through social and behavioral interventions, and new theoretical advances that allow for more reliable prediction in complex systems. Yet in many cases, the environmental, ecological and social factors that mediate transmission of pathogens between people and the environment are poorly understood, particularly in the context of environmental change.

We are tackling this problem, examining the environmental dynamics of infectious diseases including parasitic infections in West Africa, vector- and dust-borne infectious diseases in California, waterborne diseases in East Asia, and others.

Undergraduate students are deeply integrated into our research group, contributing in a range of technical areas. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Prof Remais, along with postdocs, staff scientists and graduate students, and will have the opportunity to join lab meetings and share ideas on all facets of our global infectious disease research program.

We are a group of modelers, engineers, environmental scientists, computer scientists, ecologists, environmental health scientists and others. We address our research questions with a range of tools. These include GIS/spatial data science, epidemiologic analysis, computer science, environmental engineering, and statistical and numerical analysis.

URAP apprentice will leverage existing epidemiological and environmental datasets -- in addition to generating or acquiring additional social and environmental data -- to investigate the determinants of infectious disease transmission between individuals and the environment using these tools and/or others, within study regions that span northern Ecuador, China, Senegal and California.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jennifer Head, Graduate Student

Qualifications: A background in environmental science, computer science, mathematics, modeling, population biology, environmental engineering, or epidemiology are especially helpful, and/or a technical skillset that includes statistical, numerical or spatial analysis, GIS, math, or programming in any language. Effective written and verbal communication are essential. Advanced qualifications of the candidate would be a plus, including experience with environmental modeling, familiarity with R, programming, experience with theoretical ecology, remote sensing, GIS or differential equations. Subject matter expertise in West Nile virus, other arboviruses, helminth infections, diarrheal diseases, mycotic infections (e.g., cocci) and other systems we work on is a plus.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/justin-remais
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Closed (2) Understanding how agrochemicals influence the transmission of global parasitic diseases

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

The Remais Lab is currently seeking a URAP apprentice(s) interested in gaining primary research experience to collaborate on a recently funded NIH project investigating the effects of expanding agriculture on infectious disease transmission. The projects seeks to investigate the effects of agrochemicals on parasite transmission using a combination of field research and mathematical and statistical models. The student will work closely with existing research group members to characterize, quantitatively, the interaction between agrochemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, their uses, applications, and the transmission of human schistosomes, as well as the ecology of their intermediate host snails and predators.

URAP apprentice will leverage existing epidemiological and environmental datasets -- in addition to generating or acquiring additional social and environmental data -- to investigate the determinants of parasite transmission in China and in the Senegal River Basin under changing agricultural conditions.

Undergraduate students are deeply integrated into our research group, contributing in a range of technical areas. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to meet and work with Prof Remais, along with postdocs, staff scientists and graduate students, and will have the opportunity to join lab meetings and share ideas on all facets of our global infectious disease research program., Graduate Student

Qualifications: A background in environmental science, computer science, mathematics, modeling, population biology, environmental engineering, agronomy, ecology, population biology, ecotoxicology or epidemiology are preferred, and/or a technical skillset including statistical or spatial analysis, GIS, math, programming in any language. Effective written and verbal communication are essential. Advanced qualifications of the candidate would be a plus, including experience with environmental modeling, familiarity with R, programming, experience with theoretical ecology, remote sensing, GIS or differential equations. Additional helpful skills include familiarity with citation management software such as EndNote as well as experience conducting literature reviews.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/justin-remais
Related website: http://justinremais.weebly.com/