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Jonathan H. Epstein, DVM, MPH

Veterinarian and Epidemiologist, Vice President for Science and Outreach, EcoHealth Alliance, Adjunct Faculty, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Tufts University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai School of Medicine Website


Dr. Epstein’s research interests include the ecology of zoonotic viruses such as Nipah virus, Ebola and SARS; zoonotic disease emergence at the human-animal interface; viral discovery; pathogen discovery; and trade as a mechanism for pathogen pollution. He is part of a large international collaboration that is investigating the ecology of Nipah virus in Bangladesh, where outbreaks occur in people almost every year with mortality rates reaching 90%. The focus of this research is to better understand the factors that cause this lethal virus to emerge, and to develop models that will predict and help prevent future outbreaks.