Joseph Fauver

Joseph Fauver, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral associate | Yale School of Public Health | Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Laboratory of Epidemiology of Public Health (LEPH) | 60 College St. | New Haven, CT 06510
Email: [email protected]
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BS in natural sciences, Peru State College (Nebraska)

Ph.D. in medical entomology and virology, Colorado State University

Postdoc in parasitology and global health, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

 

I am interested in all things mosquito-borne, from virus and parasite genomics to public policy regarding surveillance strategies. Originally from Springfield, Nebraska, I started down this path as an undergraduate researcher at Peru State College (PSC), a small liberal arts institution in the sprawling metropolis of Peru, Nebraska. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Rich Clopton studying gregarines residing in the intestinal tracks of cockroaches, I found a great interest in parasitology and entomology. Hoping to turn this passion into a career, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. studying the ever-important vectors of disease, mosquitoes. During my time in Greg Ebel’s laboratory at Colorado State University, I focused on ways to improve disease surveillance strategies both locally and abroad. During this time, I was fortunate enough to conduct field work in Liberia and Mexico where I gained an appreciation for surveillance infrastructure and capabilities in other countries. Hoping to build on this global health experience, I pursued a postdoc with the DOLF project (Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis) at WUSTL where we focused on optimizing mass drug administrations for the treatment of these diseases. While at WUSTL I was exposed to the dynamics of large-scale global health projects in a variety of countries and the challenges that come along with them. On the laboratory side, I focused on optimizing mobile sequencing platforms to conduct genomic studies of filarial worms.

In the Grubaugh lab, my focus will be on developing and optimizing protocols to incorporate genomics into arbovirus surveillance systems, using both metagenomic and targeted approaches. As well, we are also interested in using traveler data to reconstruct arbovirus outbreak dynamics in the Caribbean to gain a better understanding of viral emergence and persistence. In addition to the research and implementation work, I plan on teaching global health related courses with the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale.

In my spare time you can find me at a local brewery, spending time with my dog, or exploring Connecticut!