Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Maria is a veterinarian and research assistant in the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group supervised by Dr Barbara Haesler and Professor Dirk Pfeiffer.
She has a desk in CEEED open plan office and also spends some time in LCIRAH-LIDC in Gordon Square.
Maria graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from the University of Zaragoza and during her undergraduate programme did various internships with the government brucellosis research team. She obtained grants to collaborate in research institutions in Peru and Ireland relating to animal health and production. She also worked for some time in a laboratory of animal diseases diagnostics and vaccines development in Spain. Because of her interest in the impact of infectious animal diseases on human livelihoods and health, she did the MSc in One Health at RVC/LSHTM with a project on Campylobacter in rural Tanzania.
She has conducted a study about the impact of infectious diseases on aquaculture and poultry in Bangladesh with a focus on the decision making environment. Currently, she is engaging in diverse research tasks for the multipartner Urban Zoo project that aims to look at epidemiology, ecology and socio-economics of disease emergence in Nairobi.
AMFORA: Applying a One Health systems modelling approach to formulate strategies for mitigating the risk to human health of antibiotic resistance in Aquaculture
AMFORA is an RVC-led multidisciplinary project which aims to use a ‘systems-thinking’ approach to map aquaculture systems in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Egypt, and identify potential hotspots for the emergence and selection of resistance and human exposure to antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant organisms. This will enable the identification of potential drivers of ABU and interventions to reduce ABU.
The Network for Evaluation of One Health brings together international experts interested and experienced in One Health to promote standardised and comparable evaluations of One Health initiatives and to inform decision-making and resource allocation.
This project aims to develop a typology of interventions to reduce antimicrobial use in aquaculture, based on data extracted through a review of AMR interventions across livestock production systems.