Christine Petersen

Christine Petersen

Director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases

University of Iowa, USA







Network Investigator


Research Keywords: 

Leishmania, animal models, clinical trials, vaccines



Dr. Christine Petersen’s scholarly work has focused on the recognition and prevention of zoonotic diseases, primarily the epidemiology and immunobiology of parasitic diseases. Dr. Petersen is an editor for PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Infection and Immunity and PLoS Pathogens.  Dr. Petersen was President of the American Council on Cellular, Molecular and Immunoparasitology (2016-2018), and now serves as past-president (2018-2019) the basic science group within the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Petersen is the American/non-endemic region representative to the international veterinary group that provides recommendations regarding treatment and prevention of Leishmaniasis; Leishvet. Dr. Petersen’s collaborative group was recently awarded a presigious NSF/Fogarty Epidemiology and Ecology of Infectious Diseases grant focused on tranmission modeling of leishmaniasis in Brasil. As director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dr. Petersen coordinates One Health activities focused on understanding, detecting and preventing emerging zoonotic disease gloablly. Dr. Petersen is an Associate Professor at University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. She teaches joint medical, veterinary and global public health coursework related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of zoonotic diseases within all populations. 


Related Websites: 

Lab Website


Key Publications:

Available on ResearchGate