Episode 037: The Dangers of the Zika Virus and its Transmission with Dr. Sarkar

Sarkar, Sahotra 2010 (Photo by Marsha Miller)
Sarkar, Sahotra 2010 (Photo by Marsha Miller)

Dr. Sarkar is a professor of Integrative Biology and of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin where he has taught since 1998. His laboratory focuses on spatial ecological planning and neglected tropical diseases including Chagas, Dengue, and Zika.  Dr. Sarkar discusses his work on the modification of transmission models for dengue to perform risk analyses for the emerging threat of Zika.  He also discusses Zika virus with its implications and transmission patterns in added detail.

 

 

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Bio:

Dr. Sarkar is a professor of Integrative Biology and of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His laboratory focuses on spatial ecological planning and neglected tropical diseases including Chagas, Dengue, and Zika.

Recommended Book:

 “Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases: the Neglected Tropical Diseases and their Impact on Global Health and Development” by Peter J. Hotez.

Quote:

 “We have the tools and the know how, what prevents the control and eradication of most neglected tropical disease is the lack of political will and resources.”

 

Glimpse into the interview:

ES: What are you the most excited about in your field of work and why?

SS: The ability to combine citizen science with cutting edge disease control measures in southern Texas and Mexico.

ES: What makes this project/research special to you personally?

SS: Shows the relevance of our old work on Aedes mosquitoes when the diseases they transmit were rarely considered fashionable enough to generate much interest.

ES: What is the next big obstacle that you see in this field and what implications will this have on the world of science or your study in particular?

SS: Resources devoted to neglected tropical diseases remain very meager leading to a general public unawareness of impending epidemiological problems.

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