I am a biologist with broad interests in the interaction of humans, microbes, and the environment. I have several years of research experience in diverse fields of biology, including microbiology and cell biology. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at OU. I am excited about combining my research interests in microbiology with the framework of medical anthropology. Human behavior is complex and diverse while its impacts on the environment in relation to diseases are understudied. Regions under political instability offer opportunities to analyze the role diverse social and political factors play in disease reemergence. I am working on an interdisciplinary project studying the effects of conflict and the collapse of the Soviet Union on malaria in the South Caucasus during the 1990s. My aims are to better understand the links between political instability, land surface degradation, human migration and malaria re-emergence by examining this through the lens of anthropology. For more info on my past research, please click on the following links:   ResearchGate  |  Google Scholar

image of Brad Brayfield in the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma

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