Hudson River Watershed Alliance Watershed Breakfast Series
Featured Speaker: Dr. David Larsen, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
Dr. David Larsen is an epidemiologist at Syracuse University with expertise in global health. He received a masters degree in public health and doctorate degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the department of International Health and Development in 2013. He began his career in public health because of malaria, specifically due to an article in National Geographic titled “Bedlam in the blood” that described the problem of malaria throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Most of his career has focused on the surveillance, control, and elimination of malaria while also adapting and applying those principles to other infectious disease systems. Dr. Larsen is now an associate professor in the department of public health at Syracuse University. From 2015-2016 Dr. Larsen served as the director of public health for Akros, an international non-governmental organization based in Lusaka, Zambia that focuses on surveillance systems to improve health and precision delivery of public health interventions. Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Larsen has advised on coronavirus surveillance and control at Syracuse University and led initiatives to establish a wastewater surveillance platform for the state of New York. Dr. Larsen is the happy father of four young children and lives in Syracuse with them and his wife Natalia.
For this breakfast lecture, Dr. Larsen will speak about how we can leverage wastewater surveillance to improve health security and recover from the pandemic.