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Bio: Dr. Isabella Cattadori is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). She received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Stirling (UK) and a B.S. in Natural Sciences from the University of Milano (Italy). Before the faculty position at Penn State she was also the recipient of a European Union Marie Curie Individual Research fellowship at the University of Stirling and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Glasgow. Dr. Cattadori is interested in different aspects of the ecology of infectious diseases, driven by fundamental questions of human, livestock and wildlife concern. She studies the mechanisms that affect parasite-host interactions within the host and how they shape the dynamics of both players at the host population level.

The contribution of different forms of disturbance to parasite dynamics, such as the presence of a co-infecting species, drug treatments or seasonality and climate changes, are some of the themes of her work. Dr. Cattadori uses a multi-scale and interdisciplinary approach that combines detailed laboratory and field experiments with molecular work, analytical analyses, and mathematical modeling. Her studies have practical relevance to the understanding of how heterogeneities in host susceptibility to infection and transmission, together with parasite life-history strategies and environmental factors, influence the spread and persistence of infectious diseases.

Dr. Cattadori is also a member of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State. The CIDD brings together an interdisciplinary group of researches that examines disease issues from the sub-cellular level through the population scale and to the pandemic spatio-temporal spread of infectious diseases. Many researchers at CIDD co-lead collaborations on research and education with partner institutions in Africa and Asia in order to address health issues relevant to these countries. CIDD creates a congenial and stimulating research environment and represents an excellent support of specialists that can provide insights into ecological, epidemiological, social, and statistical/mathematical questions related to infectious diseases. Most of the CIDD faculty, including Dr. Cattadori and her group, are located in  a state-of-the art research facility designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between empirical and theoretical researchers. The building houses infectious disease facilities and a number of specialized labs. More recently, the opening of the CyberHealth suite, dedicated to computational/visual analysis of large datasets and associated meetings/workshops, offers ample opportunities to promote collaborative work between computational science and biomedical research.

Location: Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Department of Biology

Penn State University
101 Huck Life Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802

Description: Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, established in 2003, brings together theoreticians and empirical scientists in a wide variety of disciplines to collaborate and innovate in the area of infectious disease research. CIDD integrates genetic, immunological, ecological and other studies to understand how disease processes work, and how they inter-relate across scales: from the sub-cellular to the meta-population level; from ecological to evolutionary timescales. CIDD research ranges from investigating development of disease agents within hosts, to characterizing and predicting their spread through populations in time and space. More on CIDD at: