Janna M. Schurer, PhD

One Health Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Janna Schurer is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Global Health Equity. Her research focuses on One Health approaches to zoonotic parasite surveillance and disease mitigation in human and animal hosts, and she has a strong interest in building research capacity in underserved or marginalized communities. Her roles in this position are all One Health related–conducting research, developing curricula, and supporting the fellowship program.

Prior to joining the Tufts-UGHE One Health Collaborative, Dr. Schurer worked at the Center for One Health Research in Seattle, WA, the Zoonotic Parasite Research Unit in Saskatoon, SK, and with Veterinarians Without Borders in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was during her collaborations with remote indigenous communities in Canada and researchers in low-middle income countries (Peru, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya) that she became aware of the importance of bringing diverse disciplines together to develop integrated and innovative interventions. She enjoys building multi-disciplinary teams that include researchers from academic, government, NGO, and grassroots sectors, and working with these teams to improve the health of people, animals, and the environment. She has published extensively on the prevalence and distribution of Echinococcus species in Canada, and works regularly with health economists to measure the societal impacts of neglected parasites such as Echinococcus, Cryptosporidium, Toxocara, Toxoplasma gondii, and soil transmitted helminths.