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Gaff to Discuss Her Tick-borne Disease Research at CCPO Seminar

Holly Gaff, assistant professor of biological sciences at Old Dominion University whose research focuses on modeling and simulation of infectious diseases, will discuss her recent work in a seminar Monday, Nov. 28, of the university's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography.

The seminar will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 3200 of the Innovation Research Park Building 1. It is free and open to the public, as is a reception with refreshments that begins at 3 p.m.

Gaff's work shows that mathematical models can be used to explore tick-borne pathogen dynamics, quantify risk of tick-borne disease and identify optimal strategies to reduce the risk. She has been collecting ticks at a number of locations in Hampton Roads recently, and data from this study will help to identify control measures that could reduce risk of tick-borne diseases to humans.

In addition to her work as part of the Department of Biological Sciences, Gaff also has affiliations at ODU with the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center and the School of Community and Environmental Health.

This article was posted on: November 16, 2011

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