Event Title

Understanding Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases through Surveillance and Modeling

Presenter Information

Holly Gaff, Old Dominion University

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Event Type

Keynote

Academic Department

Biology

Start Date

28-4-2022 12:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2022 12:00 AM

Description

We are delighted to conclude the 64th Annual Science Seminar with a Keynote Address from Dr. Holly Gaff. Dr. Holly Gaff is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. Dr. Gaff earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Gaff’s research interests have focused mainly on studying the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases through an active surveillance project and mathematical modeling. She has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and has had funding from NIH, CDC, DOD, USDA, and others. She currently leads the ODU Tick Research Team, which is a team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students that have been working to better understand the ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in Virginia for more than 10 years. The ODU Tick Research Team has been running a long-term active tick surveillance program in Virginia since 2009, which has led to the discovery and mapping of tick populations moving into and across Virginia as well as spanning many other related projects. Dr. Gaff also holds an honorary appointment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and works with scientists throughout southern Africa on the challenges of ticks and tick-borne pathogens there.

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Understanding Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases through Surveillance and Modeling

We are delighted to conclude the 64th Annual Science Seminar with a Keynote Address from Dr. Holly Gaff. Dr. Holly Gaff is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. Dr. Gaff earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Gaff’s research interests have focused mainly on studying the ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases through an active surveillance project and mathematical modeling. She has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and has had funding from NIH, CDC, DOD, USDA, and others. She currently leads the ODU Tick Research Team, which is a team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students that have been working to better understand the ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in Virginia for more than 10 years. The ODU Tick Research Team has been running a long-term active tick surveillance program in Virginia since 2009, which has led to the discovery and mapping of tick populations moving into and across Virginia as well as spanning many other related projects. Dr. Gaff also holds an honorary appointment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and works with scientists throughout southern Africa on the challenges of ticks and tick-borne pathogens there.