Faculty Profile

Kathryn Ramirez-Hacker

Kathryn Ramirez-Hacker, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Research Scientist

Kate joined the Epidemiology department as an Assistant Research Scientist in Jan 2021. She received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona in 2010. She completed her graduate studies in Public Health at Yale University in the Department of Microbial Disease in 2017. She completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Biostatistics as an IRACDA Fellow. Kate is interested in the intersection of infectious disease dynamics and ecology of infectious diseases in the urban environment.

  • PhD Public Health Yale University 2017
  • M.Phil Public Health Yale University 2013
  • BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Arizona 2010

Research Interests:
Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases in urban contexts

Research Projects:
I use an eco-epidemiolgical framework to study infectious diseases in urban areas where interventions not only depend on accurate estimates of human disease, but also on the dynamics of human interactions and the dynamics of reservoir and vector hosts. My research interests lie in characterizing infectious disease dynamics in urban contexts and creating novel tools to assess and intervene in complex urban landscapes.

Eyre MT, Carvalho-Pereira TSA, Souza FN, Khalil H, Hacker KP. A multivariate geostatistical framework for combining multiple indices of abundance for disease vectors and reservoirs: a case study of rattiness in a low-income urban Brazilian community. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 2020;17: 20200398. doi:10.1098/rsif.2020.0398 

Hacker KP, Sacramento GA, Cruz JS, de Oliveira D, Nery N, Lindow JC, et al. Influence of Rainfall on Leptospira Infection and Disease in a Tropical Urban Setting, Brazil. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2020;26: 311-314. doi:10.3201/eid2602.190102

Hacker KP, Minter A, Begon M, Diggle PJ, Serrano S, Reis MG, et al. A comparative assessment of track plates to quantify fine scale variations in the relative abundance of Norway rats in urban slums. Urban Ecosystems. 2016. doi:10.1007/s11252-015-0519-8

Hacker KP, Seto KC, Costa F, Corburn J, Reis MG, Ko AI, et al. Urban slum structure: integrating socioeconomic and land cover data to model slum evolution in Salvador, Brazil. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2013;12: 45. doi:10.1186/1476-072X-12-45

Email: kphacker@umich.edu

Address: M5164 SPH II
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

For media inquiries: sph.media@umich.edu 

Areas of Expertise: Infectious Disease