14 College Farm Rd
DEENR, 1st floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
PhD candidate, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University
BS, Psychology '99, Mary Washington College
Ashley A. DeNegreGraduate Student
I am interested in the health behavior of individuals and populations during, and in anticipation of, epidemics, and the ways in which this behavior can contribute to the spread and/or containment of disease. Behavioral epidemiology has so far proven to be a perfect combination of my psychology background and my strong interest in human and animal medicine and disease transmission.
My dissertation project involves parameterizing an SIR epidemiological model to examine the impact of antibiotic resistance on the evolutionary landscape of HIV/AIDS-prevalent populations. Specifically, I am interested in the interplay between the changes in selective pressure against pathogens that could result from antibiotic abuse within a highly immunocompromised community, and the potential for greater evolutionary success of antibiotic-resistant microbes that can be a side-effect of inappropriate antibiotic use.