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Mercedes Pascual, PhD

  • Professor of Ecology and Evolution
  • Research and Scholarly Interests: Climate and health, Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, Infectious disease dynamics, Mathematical and computational biology, Theoretical ecology, Vector-borne and water-borne infections
  • Websites: My Lab Site, Research Network Profile
  • Contact: pascualmm@uchicago.edu
  • Graduate Program: Ecology & Evolution

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Postoctoral - Theoretical Ecology
1997

WHOI and MIT
Woods Hole, MA
PhD - Biological Oceanography
1995

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
M.Sc. - Mathematics
1989

Universidad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Licenciatura - Biology
1985

Tube Well Use as Protection Against Rotavirus Infection During the Monsoons in an Urban Setting.
Martinez PP, Mahmud AS, Yunus M, Faruque ASG, Ahmed T, Pascual M, Buckee CO. Tube Well Use as Protection Against Rotavirus Infection During the Monsoons in an Urban Setting. J Infect Dis. 2020 Jan 02; 221(2):238-242.
PMID: 31776559

Tube Well Use as Protection Against Rotavirus Infection During the Monsoons in an Urban Setting.
Martinez PP, Mahmud AS, Yunus M, Faruque ASG, Ahmed T, Pascual M, Buckee CO. Tube Well Use as Protection Against Rotavirus Infection During the Monsoons in an Urban Setting. J Infect Dis. 2019 Nov 28.
PMID: 31776559

Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon.
Castro MC, Baeza A, Codeço CT, Cucunubá ZM, Dal'Asta AP, De Leo GA, Dobson AP, Carrasco-Escobar G, Lana RM, Lowe R, Monteiro AMV, Pascual M, Santos-Vega M. Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon. PLoS Biol. 2019 11; 17(11):e3000526.
PMID: 31730640

Competition for hosts modulates vast antigenic diversity to generate persistent strain structure in Plasmodium falciparum.
Pilosof S, He Q, Tiedje KE, Ruybal-Pesántez S, Day KP, Pascual M. Competition for hosts modulates vast antigenic diversity to generate persistent strain structure in Plasmodium falciparum. PLoS Biol. 2019 06; 17(6):e3000336.
PMID: 31233490

Mosquito-borne transmission in urban landscapes: the missing link between vector abundance and human density.
Romeo-Aznar V, Paul R, Telle O, Pascual M. Mosquito-borne transmission in urban landscapes: the missing link between vector abundance and human density. Proc Biol Sci. 2018 08 15; 285(1884).
PMID: 30111594

Identifying functional groups among the diverse, recombining antigenic var genes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum from a local community in Ghana.
Rorick MM, Baskerville EB, Rask TS, Day KP, Pascual M. Identifying functional groups among the diverse, recombining antigenic var genes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum from a local community in Ghana. PLoS Comput Biol. 2018 06; 14(6):e1006174.
PMID: 29897905

Networks of genetic similarity reveal non-neutral processes shape strain structure in Plasmodium falciparum.
He Q, Pilosof S, Tiedje KE, Ruybal-Pesántez S, Artzy-Randrup Y, Baskerville EB, Day KP, Pascual M. Networks of genetic similarity reveal non-neutral processes shape strain structure in Plasmodium falciparum. Nat Commun. 2018 05 08; 9(1):1817.
PMID: 29739937

Signatures of competition and strain structure within the major blood-stage antigen of Plasmodium falciparum in a local community in Ghana.
Rorick MM, Artzy-Randrup Y, Ruybal-Pesántez S, Tiedje KE, Rask TS, Oduro A, Ghansah A, Koram K, Day KP, Pascual M. Signatures of competition and strain structure within the major blood-stage antigen of Plasmodium falciparum in a local community in Ghana. Ecol Evol. 2018 Apr; 8(7):3574-3588.
PMID: 29686839

Incidence Prediction for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season in the United States with an Evolution-informed Model.
Du X, Pascual M. Incidence Prediction for the 2017-2018 Influenza Season in the United States with an Evolution-informed Model. PLoS Curr. 2018 Jan 17; 10.
PMID: 29588875

Understanding the role of parasites in food webs using the group model.
Michalska-Smith MJ, Sander EL, Pascual M, Allesina S. Understanding the role of parasites in food webs using the group model. J Anim Ecol. 2018 05; 87(3):790-800.
PMID: 29119557

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2019

Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
2015

Robert H. MacArthur Award of the Ecological Society of America
2014

Collegiate Professor
University of Michigan
2008

Howard Hugues Medical Investigator
University of Michigan
2008

Faculty Recognition Award
University of Michigan
2004

Discover Magazine: Top 50 Women in Science
2003

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2003

James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship in Global and Complex Systems
University of Michigan
1999 - 2008

US Department of Energy Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
Princeton University
1995 - 1997