Sarah R. Michaels, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor

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Education & Affiliations

PhD, Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
MSPH, Parasitology, Tulane University
BA, Environmental Studies, University of Rochester


Sarah Michaels is a medical entomologist with a focus in vector-borne disease. Her background is in arbovirus surveillance, vector control, operational research and community outreach. Dr. Michaels gained experience in public health practice as an Entomologist at the City of New Orleans Mosquito Control Board and an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist at the Louisiana Office of Public Health. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she was active in the public health response to provide emergency infectious disease surveillance. Prior to joining the faculty at Tulane, she was a Lecturer at the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases in the Entomology Department at Cornell University. She has trained professionals, students and the public in vector biology and mentored many student practicum projects. Dr. Michaels is interested in supporting cooperative research projects and enhancing local field opportunities for students. She is particularly interested in assessing arboviral disease transmission potential and the impact of natural disasters, health disparities, and neighborhood resilience. 

Research Areas

  • Arbovirus transmission ecology 
  • Vectorborne disease epidemiology & control practices
  • Medical entomology


View Dr. Michaels' publications at her NCBI profile page.


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