The goal of the SIR-S group, led by Dr. Joe Forrester, is to understand interactions between the microbiological world and the surgical patient. Through our research, we aim to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with infections in surgical patients. To achieve this goal, a portion of the group’s research focuses on describing the spread of pathogens impacting surgical patients at the local, state, national, and international level. We are particularly intrigued about how this spread is influenced by climate change, population migration, urbanization, and conflict. In order to better inform surveillance recommendations, we have worked to understand existing surveillance systems targeting surgical site infections in low- and high-resource settings. We believe that surgical and public-health communities currently under-utilize predictive models for most pathogens that infect surgical patients. To this end, we are invested in leveraging computer-learning to provide real-time, real-world predictions of outbreak spread and disease emergence. In addition, we are also intensely interested in the clinical treatment of surgical patients infected with emerging and re-emerging pathogens, and how emerging and re-emerging pathogens may influence provision of surgical care.
Our group is open to working and collaborating with undergraduates, medical students, post-graduate students, and fellow faculty interested in improving how we co-exist with microbial pathogens. Please email email@example.com with any questions or interest.