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Josh Colston

Research Scientist

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I’m an epidemiologist, spatial demographer and research scientist at the UVA School of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health. My research interests include childhood undernutrition and infectious diseases and their socio-economic and environmental determinants in LMICs. My projects at UVA include NASA-, NIH-, CDC-, and Gates Foundation-funded research to characterize environmental drivers of enteric disease, emerging febrile illnesses, and COVID-19 using satellite and household survey data. I have a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a masters’ degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously, I spent five years working as a population health analyst for international development agencies in Washington D.C., which led me to travel extensively in Latin America. As a PhD student I was a fellow on the National Science Foundation’s water, climate, and health traineeship, and I now work on a NASA-funded project to characterize environmental determinants of enteric disease using earth observation (satellite) data. In my spare time I enjoy playing the guitar, going on road trips, and eating spicy seafood.

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Research/Topics of Interest

Apply models to public health
Climate/environmental drivers
Forecasting
Geospatial models
Machine learning models
Social determinants of health
Spatial transmission patterns
Statistical models
Surveillance/case detection
Vaccines
Independent Participant Data Meta-Analyses
Enteropathogens
Infectious Disease Ecology
Longitudinal studies
Earth Observation Data

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

COVID-19
Dengue
Diarrheal diseases
Malaria
Neglected tropical diseases
Vaccine-preventable diseases
Vector-borne diseases
Zika

Countries of Work/Collaboration

Ecuador
United States
Malawi
Ethiopia
Angola
Mali
South Africa
Mexico
Gambia
Suriname
Germany
Bangladesh
Mozambique
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand
Guatemala
Nepal
Guyana
Haiti
Brazil
Nicaragua
Niger
Honduras
India
United Kingdom
Pakistan
China
Peru
Colombia
Kenya
Zimbabwe
Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

Projects

Papers

Schiaffino F, Colston JM, Paredes Olortegui M, Rengifo Pinedo S, Zamora Babilonia M, Ramal Asayag C, Peñataro Yori P, Kosek MN. (2022). Antibiotic Use and Stewardship Practices in a Pediatric Community-Based Cohort Study in Peru: Shorter Would be Sweeter. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Colston JM, Taniuchi M, Ahmed T, Ferdousi T, Kabir F, Mduma E, Nshama R, Iqbal NT, Haque R, Ahmed T, Ali Bhutta Z, Kosek MN, Platts-Mills JA. (2022). Subspecies Is Associated With Length at Birth, Exclusive Breastfeeding, and Decreased Risk of Enteric Virus Infections, but Not With Histo-Blood Group Antigens, Oral Vaccine Response or Later Growth in Three Birth Cohorts. Frontiers in pediatrics, (10)

Colston JM, Chen YT, Hinson P, Nguyen NH, Yori PP, Olortegui MP, Trigoso DR, Salas MS, Guerrant RL, François R, Kosek MN. (2022). Enteropathy Markers in Early Life Were Associated with Adipokine, Apolipoprotein, and Cytokine Profiles Consistent with an Adverse Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Profile Later in Childhood in a Peruvian Birth Cohort. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene

Colston JM, Zaitchik BF, Badr HS, Burnett E, Ali SA, Rayamajhi A, Satter SM, Eibach D, Krumkamp R, May J, Chilengi R, Howard LM, Sow SO, Jahangir Hossain M, Saha D, Imran Nisar M, Zaidi AKM, Kanungo S, Mandomando I, Faruque ASG, Kotloff KL, Levine MM, Breiman RF, Omore R, Page N, Platts-Mills JA, Ashorn U, Fan YM, Shrestha PS, Ahmed T, Mduma E, Yori PP, Bhutta Z, Bessong P, Olortegui MP, Lima AAM, Kang G, Humphrey J, Prendergast AJ, Ntozini R, Okada K, Wongboot W, Gaensbauer J, Melgar MT, Pelkonen T, Freitas CM, Kosek MN. (2022). Associations Between Eight Earth Observation-Derived Climate Variables and Enteropathogen Infection: An Independent Participant Data Meta-Analysis of Surveillance Studies With Broad Spectrum Nucleic Acid Diagnostics. GeoHealth, 6(1)

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