Jennifer K. Peterson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jenni Peterson

While in REDI-NET as part of the program modeling team, Jennifer K. Peterson's efforts were primarily dedicated to developing models to predict emerging pathogens and disease risks. Jennifer has worked on several projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, including entomological surveillance in Arequipa, Peru (in association with the University of Pennsylvania); effects of anthropogenic environmental change on infectious disease transmission in Panama (Gorgas Institute); vector-parasite interactions in Medellin, Colombia (University of Antioquia); and emerging vector-borne disease eco-epidemiology in Trinidad and Tobago (University of the West Indies). Jennifer was a founding member of the Chagas disease team for the NTD modeling consortium (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). 

In addition to her fascination for all things related to infectious diseases, Jennifer is passionate about effective communication through writing, making science accessible to everyone, and mentoring young researchers. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Jennifer is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Notre Dame.