My name is Tomás León. I’m currently a postdoc at UC-Berkeley in the Marshall Lab. My work focuses on the fine-scale movement of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes and the impacts of the environment on their ecology. This work is supported by the DARPA Safe Genes program and the UC-Irvine Malaria Initiative, as the consequences of my research have implications for the success of gene drives in mosquito populations for the disruption of malaria transmission and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Previously, I did my PhD in Environmental Health Sciences under Robert C. Spear, who spent most of his recent career on schistosomiasis. I adapted and expanded his environmental determinants of transmission approach to the case of opisthorchiasis (liver flukes) in northeast Thailand and clonorchiasis in southeast China.
My academic background
- Ph.D. Environmental Health Sciences, UC-Berkeley, 2018
- Designated Emphasis in Development Engineering
- M.S. Global Health & Environment, UC-Berkeley, 2014
- B.S. Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2012
- Minor in Sociology
Email me for more background information. A copy of my CV is available here.