Maria Fernandez
Pilar Fernandez

Assistant Professor




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Research/Topics of Interest

Agent-based models
Network models
Public health application of models
Social determinants of health
Social networks/contact patterns
Spatial transmission patterns
Statistical models
Surveillance/case detection
Global Health
Interdisciplinary research
socio-ecological systems

Pathogens/Diseases of Main Interest/Expertise

Neglected tropical diseases
Vector-borne diseases

Countries of Work/Collaboration




Enriquez GF, Bua J, Orozco MM, Macchiaverna NP, Otegui JAA, Argibay HD, Fernández MDP, Gürtler RE, Cardinal MV. (2022). Over-dispersed Trypanosoma cruzi parasite load in sylvatic and domestic mammals and humans from northeastern Argentina. Parasites & vectors, 15(1)

Gregory N, Fernandez MP, Diuk-Wasser M. (2022). Risk of tick-borne pathogen spillover into urban yards in New York City. Parasites & vectors, 15(1)

Pandolfi M, Scaia MF, Fernandez MP. (2021). Sexual Dimorphism in Aggression: Sex-Specific Fighting Strategies Across Species. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, (15)

Gaspe MS, Cardinal MV, Fernández MDP, Vassena CV, Santo-Orihuela PL, Enriquez GF, Alvedro A, Laiño MA, Nattero J, Alvarado-Otegui JA, Macchiaverna NP, Cecere MC, Freilij H, Gürtler RE. (2021). Improved vector control of Triatoma infestans limited by emerging pyrethroid resistance across an urban-to-rural gradient in the Argentine Chaco. Parasites & vectors, 14(1)

Legros J, Tang G, Gautrais J, Fernandez MP, Trannoy S. (2021). Long-Term Dietary Restriction Leads to Development of Alternative Fighting Strategies. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, (14)

Fernandez MP, Rittschof CC, Sierralta JA. (2021). Editorial: Invertebrate Neuroscience: Contributions From Model and Non-model Species. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, (15)

Monyak RE, Golbari NM, Chan YB, Pranevicius A, Tang G, Fernández MP, Kravitz EA. (2021). females adapt their fighting strategies to their opponent. The Journal of experimental biology

Combs MA, Kache PA, VanAcker MC, Gregory N, Plimpton LD, Tufts DM, Fernandez MP, Diuk-Wasser MA. (2021). Socio-ecological drivers of multiple zoonotic hazards in highly urbanized cities. Global change biology

Bron GM, Fernandez MDP, Bartholomay LC, Diuk-Wasser MA, Paskewitz SM, Tsao JI. (2021). Comment on Eisen and Eisen (2020) 'Benefits and Drawbacks of Citizen Science to Complement Traditional Data Gathering Approaches for Medically Important Hard Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in the United States' Regarding the Tick App and Research-Based Citizen Science. Journal of medical entomology

Kostadinov B, Lee Pettibone H, Bell EV, Zhou X, Pranevicius A, Shafer OT, Fernandez MP. (2021). behavioral phase. STAR protocols, 2(1)

Provecho YM, Fernández MDP, Salvá L, Meli S, Cano F, Sartor P, Carbajal-de-la-Fuente AL. (2021). Urban infestation by Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), an overlooked phenomena for Chagas disease in Argentina. Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, (116)

Cardinal MV, Enriquez GF, Macchiaverna NP, Argibay HD, Fernández MDP, Alvedro A, Gaspe MS, Gürtler RE. (2021). Long-term impact of a ten-year intervention program on human and canine Trypanosoma cruzi infection in the Argentine Chaco. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 15(5)

Diuk-Wasser MA, VanAcker MC, Fernandez MP. (2020). Impact of Land Use Changes and Habitat Fragmentation on the Eco-epidemiology of Tick-Borne Diseases. Journal of medical entomology

Gaspe MS, Fernández MDP, Cardinal MV, Enriquez GF, Rodríguez-Planes LI, Macchiaverna NP, Gürtler RE. (2020). Urbanisation, risk stratification and house infestation with a major vector of Chagas disease in an endemic municipality of the Argentine Chaco. Parasites & vectors, 13(1)

Fernandez MP, Pettibone HL, Bogart JT, Roell CJ, Davey CE, Pranevicius A, Huynh KV, Lennox SM, Kostadinov BS, Shafer OT. (2020). Sites of Circadian Clock Neuron Plasticity Mediate Sensory Integration and Entrainment. Current biology : CB, 30(12)

Bisanzio D, Fernández MP, Martello E, Reithinger R, Diuk-Wasser MA. (2020). Current and Future Spatiotemporal Patterns of Lyme Disease Reporting in the Northeastern United States. JAMA network open, 3(3)

Bron GM, Fernandez MDP, Larson SR, Maus A, Gustafson D, Tsao JI, Diuk-Wasser MA, Bartholomay LC, Paskewitz SM. (2020). Context matters: Contrasting behavioral and residential risk factors for Lyme disease between high-incidence states in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Ticks and tick-borne diseases, 11(6)

Fernández MDP, Gaspe MS, Gürtler RE. (2019). Inequalities in the social determinants of health and Chagas disease transmission risk in indigenous and creole households in the Argentine Chaco. Parasites & Vectors, 12(1)

Fernandez MP, Bron GM, Kache PA, Larson SR, Maus A, Gustafson D Jr., Tsao JI, Bartholomay LC, Paskewitz SM, Diuk-Wasser MA. (2019). Usability and Feasibility of a Smartphone App to Assess Human Behavioral Factors Associated with Tick Exposure (The Tick App): Quantitative and Qualitative Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7(10)

Carbajal-de-la-Fuente AL, Fernández MDP, Piccinali RV, Rodríguez-Planes LI, Duarte R, Gürtler RE. (2019). Occurrence of domestic and intrusive triatomines (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in sylvatic habitats of the temperate Monte Desert ecoregion of Argentina. Acta Tropica, (196)

Natalia P.Macchiaverna Gustavo F.Enriquez JacquelineBu María P.Fernández Paula A.SartordeRicardo E.Gürtler Marta V.Cardinal. (2019). Human infectiousness and parasite load in chronic patients seropositive for Trypanosoma cruzi in a rural area of the Argentine Chaco. Infection, Genetics, and Evolution, (78)

Fernández MDP, Gaspe MS, Sartor P, Gürtler RE. (2019). Human Trypanosoma cruzi infection is driven by eco-social interactions in rural communities of the Argentine Chaco. PlOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 13(12)

Danielle M. Tufts, Meredith C. VanAcker,1 Maria P. Fernandez, Anthony DeNicola, Andrea Egizi, and Maria A. Diuk-Wasser. (2019). Distribution, Host-Seeking Phenology, and Host and Habitat Associations of Haemaphysalis longicornis Ticks, Staten Island, New York, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 25(4)

Gaspe MS, Provecho YM, Fernández MP, Vassena CV, Santo Orihuela PL, Gürtler RE. (2018). Beating the odds: Sustained Chagas disease vector control in remote indigenous communities of the Argentine Chaco over a seven-year period. PlOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(10)

Fernández, María del Pilar; Gürtler, Ricardo E.; Cecere, María Carla; Cohen, Joel E.. (2017). Body size and hosts of Triatoma infestans populations affect the size of bloodmeal contents and female fecundity in rural northwestern Argentina. PlOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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