Lexi Sack, DVM, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

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Contact Information
Email: asack@nd.edu


Education
B.S. Biology, Birmingham-Southern College, 2011
DVM, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016
MPH, Global Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, 2018
PhD Clinical and Translational Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University, 2021


Research
​​I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Jason Rohr in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.


My research focus includes using a One Health approach to prevent helminths, both those of human and veterinary importance. My interests are in small scale livestock production and global health and ways that examining these issues across disciplines can bring creative solutions that consider human, animal, and environmental health. As a postdoc, I am part of a larger project that works to prevent schistosomiasis in northern Senegal.


My dissertation focused on using a One Health approach with zoonotic parasitic and vector borne diseases with a focus on environmental exposure risks. I worked in Southern India in a tribal region to determine prevalence of soil transmitted helminths and zoonotic helminths in livestock with a particular focus on the role that domestic animals and different husbandry tasks may have. I also worked for one year (2016-2017) as a post doc at Duke University on active surveillance for potentially zoonotic influenzas in Mongolia, with a focus on equine and camel influenza. Other projects to
which I have contributed included modeling feral swine movement to improve
understanding of potential African Swine Fever transmission and the prevalence of psittacosis in feral lovebirds in the US.


Recent Publications
Sack, A., Palanisamy, G., Manuel, M., Paulsamy, C., Rose, A., Kaliappan, SP.,
Ward, H., Walson, JL., Halliday, KE. & Ajjampur, SSR. “A One Health Approach to Defining Animal and Human Helminth Exposure Risks in a Tribal Village in Southern India” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Available online May 24, 2021.

 

Sack A, Daramragchaa U, Chuluunbaatar M, Gonchigoo B, Gray GC. “A Pilot Household Survey of Potential Risk Factors for Zoonotic Disease Transmission Among Mongolian Herder Households Caring for Horses and Camels” Pastoralism 8(2). January 2018.


Sack A, Daramragchaa U, Chuluunbaatar M, Gonchigoo B, Bazartseren B,
Tsogbadrakh and Gray GC. “Low Prevalence, Enzootic Equine Influenza Virus among Horses, Mongolia” Pathogens 6(4). November 2017.