Gerard (Jerry) Cangelosi
I am a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, University of Washington. My work focuses on infectious diseases, most notably in the areas of exposure, transmission, molecular diagnostics, and pathogen detection.
Over the past 25 years my research teams in the public and private sectors have generated over 70 publications, 10 patents, 2 product launches, and a local start-up company launch. Our research addresses tuberculosis (TB) and related diseases, waterborne pathogens, enteric disease, and hospital acquired infections. Recent accomplishments include the development of a novel, oral swab-based TB screening approach designed for rapid, population-level studies. We have also developed molecular viability testing methods for pathogen detection, and new semi-synthetic affinity reagents for molecular diagnosis. A common feature of these approaches is their capacity for rapid and large-scale deployment in response to changing infectious disease challenges.
Our epidemiological work includes novel population-based strategies for understanding exposure to pulmonary disease caused by environmental mycobacteria; collaborations in One Health studies on human-animal TB transmission; and extensive interactions with UW’s growing Climate Change research community. Current and recently-completed projects have involved populations in the U.S., Bangladesh, South Africa, Kenya, and Peru.
As an active School of Public Health faculty member, I mentor undergraduate and graduate students, oversee our department’s Environmental Health Seminar, and teach “Environmental Change and Infectious Disease”, an upper-level course that addresses infectious disease emergence and re-emergence in response to climate change and other environmental changes.
Current and recently-completed projects have involved populations in the U.S., Bangladesh, South Africa, Kenya, and Peru.