At SF State Since:
B.A. from University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral fellow at Cary Instiute of Ecosystem Studies
Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Swei's research is focused on the ecology and pathogenesis of diseases, especially tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Her research investigates the ways that habitat disturbance, community interactions, and trophic cascades affect the distribution and prevalence of tick-borne diseases. In addition, recent work examines the functional role of microbial communities in pathogen transmission. Research in the Swei lab focuses on field, laboratory, and metagenomic experiments as well as mathematical modeling to understand the dynamics of emerging infectious diseases.