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Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio

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Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio

Research scientist, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, is part of EcoHealth Alliance's modeling team, where he combines quantitative methods, spatial data and fieldwork to investigate the emergence of infectious diseases.
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EcoHealthNet Application Process is now closed.

EcoHealthNet is a mentored training program for U.S. and international graduate students (Masters, Doctoral, or post-doctoral level) interested in multidisciplinary health and infectious disease research. EcoHealthNet offers two separate training opportunities: a 1-week workshop and a mentored research internship.

EcoHealthNet is a partnership among EcoHealth Alliance, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, USGS, National Wildlife Health Center, DIVERSITAS ecoHEALTH, the International Association of Ecology and Health (IAEH), the University of Minnesota's Ecosystem Health Initiative, the CoHab initiative, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and a number of other partners.

Support for EcoHealthNet is provided by a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network Grant awarded to EcoHealth Alliance.

The Workshop

The EcoHealthNet Workshop is held annually by a rotation of host institutions. Workshop participants receive five days of high-level didactic and practical training from experts on topics related to disease ecology, such as mathematical disease modeling; GIS and spatial analysis; field and laboratory techniques for zoonotic disease research; the economics of emerging diseases; and critical review of published studies. Successful applicants will be involved in research projects or have research interests that will directly benefit from the skills and insights learned during the workshop.  Students may be asked to give a brief presentation of their current research as part of the workshop.  Participants will build professional networks with fellow workshop and instructors who are world-renowned leaders in their field.

The Research Exchange

EcoHealthNet Research Exchange Interns work under the guidance of a research mentor developing a study within the scope of high-profile, well-funded U.S. and international-based research projects.  Participants are expected to work with their assigned mentors to craft a project that will fit into the scope of the main program and allow the student to learn about research design, data collection, analysis and publication.  Past internship projects have included Nipah virus ecology in Bangladesh; avian influenza dynamics in China; disease surveillance in imported wildlife, New York; wildlife disease surveillance in Brazil and Malaysia; coronavirus diversity in bats; and White Nose Syndrome ecology in the United States.

Apply for EcoHealthNet 2015!

Please check back in the coming weeks for the online application for the 2015 workshop and research exchange.

You may choose to apply for the Workshop, the Research Exchange, or both experiences. You will be required to submit the following:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Statement of Interest (1 page maximum) describing:

  • What are your academic and professional goals?
  • Why are you interested in infectious disease research?
  • Discuss how you would benefit from each program (workshop, research exchange, or both) and what you hope to gain from the experience. If applicable, discuss specific research exchange projects that you are interested in (Project Descriptions PDF to come soon).

3.      Letter of recommendation from a faculty member (separate online form)

4.      Transcript (optional, unofficial version is acceptable)

In the online application, you'll be asked to submit the name and email address for your recommendation letter writer. Please also note that you will not be able to save your progress and return later, so you may wish to prepare your documents well before the deadline.

If you have any questions, please email

EcoHealthNet is a program for graduate students interested in infectious disease research.


Jonathan H. Epstein

Jonathan H. Epstein

Associate Vice President
DVM, MPH, cert. International Veterinary Medicine

Kevin J. Olival

Kevin J. Olival

Senior Research Scientist
NIH Fogarty U.S. Global Health Postdoctoral Scientist
MA, Conservation Biology
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Melinda Rostal

Melinda Rostal

Senior Research Scientist and Field Veterinarian
BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
MA, Public Health

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