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About Cristina Lanzas

My research focus is the epidemiology and ecology of enteric and environmentally transmitted pathogens in animal and human populations. I combine data, epidemiological analysis and mathematical models to study transmission mechanisms, and to identify and design control measures to reduce the public health burden associated with pathogens. My research spans a range of enteric pathogen-host systems including foodborne pathogens in farm animals, and health-care associated diseases in humans. Current projects include:
• Transmission of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli in cattle
• Clostridium difficile dynamics within patient, hospital, and health-care networks
• Dissemination and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in enteric bacteria
In addition to epidemiological modeling, my research has involved the development of mathematical models to address nutrient supply and excretion at the animal level.
I teach infectious disease modeling, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine in the veterinary and graduate programs.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) provides funding opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships, sabbatical fellowships, and short term visitors (for more details visit


Present Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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