Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases, Health, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- Higher Education Institution/University
The LaBeaud lab is an infectious disease research lab at Stanford University School of Medicine. Our area of research is arboviral epidemiology, the study of arthropod- (or mosquito-) borne viruses. In particular, Dr. LaBeaud investigates dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika virus, and Rift Valley fever virus in Kenya and other developing regions. The LaBeaud lab is specifically interested in studying arboviral epidemiology and virology, influencing factors on childhood immune system development, and vaccine response. The LaBeaud Lab’s main research questions focus on the risk factors for arboviral infections, the development of diagnostic tests that can be administered in the field to quickly determine what kind of arboviral infection a person has, and the genetic and immunologic investigation of why different people respond differently to the same infection. Our long-term goals are to contribute to a deeper understanding of arboviral infections and their long-term health consequences and to optimize control strategies to prevent these emerging infections.