Meet Gregory Glass, Ph.D.
College/Institute: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Curriculum vitae: PDF
Research interests: Microbiology and zoonotic diseases
Greg Glass, Ph.D. is one of the newest additions to the Emerging Pathogens Institute faculty. As part of University of Florida’s Preeminence Plan, Glass comes with more than 30 years of experience in immunology, ecology, epidemiology and other public health areas. His research at UF will focus on furthering the mathematical modeling of disease outbreaks.
“The university is one of the only places in this country that has enough collaborating scientists, physicians and researchers who can begin to pull together all the aspects of biology, health, informatics and technology to solve the problem and take us to the next level in preventative health care,” Glass told University of Florida News.
Glass started out at John Hopkins as a fellow in immunology and infectious disease, which led to his professorship. Glass has conducted research in more than ten countries all over the world. He consulted for organizations like the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Glass has created mapping models used for predicting malaria and dengue.
Glass said that the importance to infectious disease research goes beyond the disease itself. The merging of geography and epidemiology data allows for the mapping of disease hotspots in a specific population. In addition to understanding how a disease spreads, researchers also find indicators and useful data for future outbreaks. Glass states that this type of research has two parts to it.
“There are two parts: front end and back end,” Glass said. “The front end is coming up with a plan, executing it, and collecting data. The back end is analyzing whether the method used and plan was successful in mapping and diminishing rates of the disease, and how can future research be improved.”
Glass said that there is always room for improvement in research. The purpose of his research is also to provide additional clues for healthcare practitioners so they may make better decisions in treatment and care. He will be working primarily in with malaria in Africa and assessing national programs and their effectiveness. In addition to his position at EPI, Glass is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Geography.
Emerging Pathogens Institute
University of Florida
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Gainesville, Florida 32610-0009
Phone: (352) 392-0494