Foley Laboratory in Infectious Disease Ecology

Andrea Chaves

Nadia Javeed

Andrea Chaves

Andrea Chaves is a Costa Rican biologist specializing in wildlife tropical diseases. She has a master's degree in Tropical Diseases from the Regional Postgraduate School of Tropical Veterinary Sciences of the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), and is a PhD candidate for Animal Biology from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. She has worked as an investigator and lecturer at the School of Biology for the University of Costa Rica (UCR), and at the Masters Program for Conservation Medicine at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). In addition, she has collaborated as tutor and adviser for undergraduate and graduate students in the area of Latin American wildlife ​​infectious diseases. Her research and scientific publications, developed in several Latin American countries (Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua), and varied taxonomic groups are based on ecology of diseases, combining molecular and environmental analyzes to understand the dynamics of infectious agents in animal wildlife. Her focus is primarily on emerging and reemerging diseases, taking into account human-animal interaction, habitat deterioration, non-invasive sampling, coevolution, co-infections and affectation of vulnerable wildlife species. Andrea is currently working at the Foley Lab evaluating the occurrence and frequency of infections and co-infections with bacteria of the genus Rickettsia sp, Borrelia sp andAnaplasma sp in domestic and wild mammals on the western border between Mexico and the United States, and determining the relationship between the structure of host communities, and vectors with the occurrence of the infection.