Bio: Dr. Alison Robbins is the Assistant Director for the Master’s Program in Conservation Medicine, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Robbins’ research interests focus on infectious wildlife diseases of conservation and public health importance, and control of wildlife disease in free-ranging populations. Emerging fungal diseases of humans, wildlife, and plants is an additional area of Dr. Robbins’ research interest. Dr. Robbins directed the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Control Program from 1992 to 2008, in which free-ranging raccoons in Massachusetts were vaccinated to prevent disease spread. In 2006 she was a visiting scholar in Queensland, Australia studying amphibian chytrid disease ecology and epidemiology. Since 2009 Dr. Robbins has worked on White Nose Syndrome in bats, developing diagnostic and treatment methods.
Dr. Robbins contributed to building the Conservation Medicine Master’s Program beginning in 2010, and continues to develop interdisciplinary curriculum and teaching methods, direct and teach courses, and mentor the next generation of conservation medicine practitioners.
Location: Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
Grafton, MA 01536
Description: The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH), established in 2013, combines four important areas of expertise within Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: public/population health, international medicine, wildlife and conservation medicine, and infectious disease research. The alignment of these areas promotes cross-disciplinary strengths that are important in achieving our goal of improving human, animal and ecosystem health locally, nationally and internationally. The department is comprised of clinicians, basic scientists and field researchers who are dedicated to teaching, clinical service and global health research.