The complexity of infectious disease dynamics in the environment calls for novel approaches.
The overarching goal of the IDEAS program at UGA is to train young scientists to use leading-edge conceptual and methodological approaches to solve pressing infectious disease problems. Research perspectives on these disease systems at UGA range from single cells to whole ecosystems. The wide-ranging ecological approaches coupled with computational strengths in statistics and dynamic modeling provide the key ingredients to spur innovation in training and research. A major emphasis of the program is on tackling problems occurring at the interface of different scales of biological organization: the culture at UGA lends itself to an atmosphere where students are enabled to work across disciplinary lines. As a consequence, the program centers on collaborative mentoring of students. Each IDEAS trainee is co-mentored by two faculty mentors who approach research at different levels of ecological interactions.
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