Foley Laboratory in Infectious Disease Ecology

Zachary Villarreal

Zachary Villarreal

Zachary received his B.S. in Global Disease Biology from the University of California Davis in 2017. He has worked with a variety of different scientific fields including Epidemiology, international clinical work, and disease ecology. Zachary began research in the Foley Lab of Infectious Disease Ecology in October of 2016. As part of his studies in this lab, he is investigating the phylogeography of Rhipicephalus sanguineus, a proponent for many vector-borne diseases, in the Southwestern United States and Mexico.

His short term goals are to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular and structural biology on viral hemorrhagic fevers. Long term, he plans on entering the biotech industry working on vaccine discovery and drug development.