Fellowship site: Fiocruz, Salvador, Brazil
Research interest: Vector-borne diseases in slum settlements - leptospirosis
Federico Costa is currently Visiting Researcher at the CPqGM – Fiocruz of Salvador and at Yale University. A biologist from Argentina, he received his Bachelor's degree in 2003 from Rio Cuarto National University as part of an Ecology Study Group of Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever rodent reservoir. He moved to Patagonia in 2004 to conduct research on the distribution of hantavirus rodent reservoirs and risk of human infection. In 2007, he studied the ecology of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and vector control strategies in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina. Federico completed his Master's degree in Pest Control and Environmental Impact at San Martin National University. Since 2007, he has been part of the leptospirosis group at the CPqGM in Salvador conducting a community-based cohort study on the natural history of leptospirosis and developing epidemiological tools to stratify risk for leptospirosis in urban settings. He obtained his PhD at CPqGM in 2010. His interests include the study of urban reservoirs ecology and infectious diseases in the developing world. Federico hopes to pursue future research in disease control programs.