This award is given to recent Ph.D.s for outstanding research at the university or immediately after graduating. It is named for the late Robert C. Anderson, who served as UGA’s vice president for research and president of the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.
Cecilia Sánchez, who completed her Ph.D. in December 2019, is a research scientist at EcoHealth Alliance. She studies viral spillover from bats to humans. For her doctoral research, Sánchez examined how urban living affects wildlife movement, exposure to environmental contaminants, and pathogen transmission, conducting extensive field work on flying foxes in urban and rural landscapes across Australia. She used bench work, mathematical models and synthetic reviews to address important questions in infectious disease ecology and beyond, publishing nine papers—six of which are first-authored—since starting her Ph.D. in 2014.
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