Michael Z. Levy, PhD

Office Location714, Blockley Hall
Office Phone215-746-8131

Faculty Information

CCEB AppointmentSenior Scholar, Epidemiology
Primary Faculty AppointmentAssistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania SOM

Research Statement

I work at the interface of epidemiology, ecology and statistics to understand and control vector-borne and other infectious diseases. I have focused my research the past nine years on the control of urban Chagas disease transmission in Peru. My research team in Peru conducts epidemiological studies on Chagas disease as well as entomological and ecological research on disease vectors and reservoirs. In addition my team uses quantitative and qualitative methods to elucidate the factors that have led to urbanization of a disease traditionally associated with rural poverty. Recently I have begun to examine the emerging bed bug problem in Philadelphia. My methodological interests include developing new Bayesian methods to retrace the history of epidemics, and applying techniques from control theory to optimize interventions against infectious diseases.

Selected Publications

Tarub Madub, Alexis Barbarin, Katelyn Levy, Corentin Barbu, Jason Edinger, Michael Z. Levy: Spatial and Temporal Patterns of bed bug infestations, Philadelphia, Pa. Journal of Medical Entomology accepted 2013

Alison M. Buttenheim, Valerie Paz-Soldan, Corentin Barbu, Christine Skovira, Javier Quintanilla Calderón, Lina Margot Mollesaca Riveros, Juan Oswaldo Cornejo, Dylan S. Small, Christina Bicchieri, Cesar Naquira, Michael Z. Levy.: Is participation contagious? Evidence from a household vector control campaign in Peru. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 2013 [link]

Corentin Barbu, Andrew Hong, Jennifer M. Manne, Dylan S. Small, Javier E. Quintanilla Calderon, Karthik Sethuraman, Victor Quispe-Machaca, Jenny Ancca-Juarez, Juan G. Cornejo del Carpio, Fernando S. Malaga Chavez, Cesar Naquira, Michael Z. Levy: The Effects of City Streets on an Urban Disease Vector. PLoS Computational Biology 1 2013. [pdf]

Foley, Erica; Khatchikian, Camilo; Hwang, Josephine; Ancca Juarez, Jenny; Borrini-Mayori, Katty; Quispe-Machaca, Victor; Levy, Michael; Brisson, Dustin: Population structure of the Chagas disease vector, Triatoma infestans, at the urban-rural interface. Molecular Ecology in press 2013

Supply chain problems for Chagas disease treatment J Manne, CS Snively, MZ Levy, MR Reich. The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2012 (3), 173-175 [link]

Levy MZ, Small DS, Vilhena DA, Bowman NM, Kawai V, et al. (2011) Retracing Micro-Epidemics of Chagas Disease Using Epicenter Regression. PLoS Comput Biol 7(9): [pdf]

Hunter GC, Borrini-Mayorí K, Ancca Juárez J, Castillo Neyra R, Verastegui MR, Malaga Chavez FS, Cornejo del Carpio JG, Córdova Benzaquen E, Náquira C, Gilman RH, Bern C, Levy MZ.: A Field Trial of Alternative Targeted Screening Strategies for Chagas Disease in Arequipa, Peru. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 6(1): e1468, 2012 [pdf]

Schwarz A, Ancca-Juarez J, Richards J, Rath B, Machaca VQ, CastroYE, Malaga E, Levy K, Gilman RH, Bern C, Verastegui M, Levy MZ.: Anti-triatomine saliva immunoassays for the evaluation of impregnated netting trials against Chagas disease transmission. International Journal of Parasitology 41(6): 591-4, 2011 [link]

Delgado S, Castillo Neyra R, Quispe Machaca VR, Ancca Juárez J, Chou Chu L, Verastegui MR, Moscoso Apaza GM, Bocángel CD, Tustin AW, Sterling CR, Comrie AC, Náquira C, Cornejo Del Carpio JG, Gilman RH, Bern C, Levy MZ.: A history of Chagas disease transmission, Control, and Re-Emergence in Peri-Rural La Joya, Peru. PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases 5(2): e970, 2011 [pdf]

Levy MZ, Malaga F, Cornejo del Carpio JG, Vilhena D, McKenzie FE, Plotkin JB, 2010. Rational Strategies for Controlling a Chagas Disease Vector in Urban Environments. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 2010 Jan 8. [pdf]

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