Sumary of UM researcher wins $2.5 million NSF grant to study hantavirus disease transmission:
- University of Montana researcher Angela Luis has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study how diversity of competitor species affects infectious disease transmission in wildlife – specifically hantavirus in deer mice.
- Luis earned the five-year, $2.5 million grant from NSF’s Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Program.
- She is an associate professor of population and disease ecology in the University’s W.
- The study’s underlying principles also could apply to other wildlife-based human diseases.
- Luis said this is especially important as biodiversity disappears rapidly and infectious diseases increasingly spill over from wildlife to humans.
- The big question for this study is how do competitors affect transmission of disease.
- ” Angela Luis, Researcher, University of Montana Within an ecosystem, species interact with one another.
- Changes in biodiversity – how many species and what species are on the landscape – can affect all sorts of things, including how disease is spread among animals and from animals to humans.