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Elizabeth Carlton, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

​Research Interests

Dr. Carlton is interested in the sustainable control of infectious diseases of poverty, particularly schistosomiasis and other helminth infections. Much of her research focuses on the reemergence of schistosomiasis in southwest China - documenting the extent to which reemergence  has occurred, evaluating our ability to detect reemergence, and identifying factors that promote reemergence.

Dr. Carlton is interested in the ways in which land use, human migration and climate may impact the transmission of infectious diseases. In addition, she is interested in developing tools that can improve our ability to monitor infectious agents and human infection risk in low resource settings, from measuring human exposure patterns using GPS to improving our ability to identify Schistosoma japonicum infections in mammalian and intermediate hosts using molecular targets.


PhD Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
    Dissertation: The Epidemiology of Schistosomiasis Reinfection and Reemergence in Sichuan, China: Implications for Surveillance and Intervention
MPH Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2004
BS Biology, Yale University, 1998

Professional experience

Assistant Researcher, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2010-present
Graduate Student Researcher, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2010
Project Coordinator, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Columbia University, New York, 2002-2005
Natural Resources Specialist, Peace Corps, Honduras, 1999-2001
Schistosomiasis and other environmental health challenges in China
Fung MS, Xiao N, Wang S, Carlton EJ (2012) Field evaluation of a PCR test for Schistosoma japonicum egg detection in low-prevalence regions of China. Am J Trop Med Hyg 87:1053-8.
Carlton EJ, Liang S, McDowell JZ, Li H, Luo W, Remais JV (2012) Regional disparities in the burden of disease attributable to unsafe water and poor sanitation in China. Bull World Health Organ 90:578-587.
Gong P, Liang S, Carlton EJ, Jiang Q, Wu J, Wang L, Remais JV (2012) Urbanisation and health in China. Lancet 379: 843-852.
Carlton EJ, Bates MN, Zhong B, Seto EY, Spear RC (2011) Evaluation of mammalian and intermediate host surveillance methods for detecting schistosomiasis reemergence in southwest China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 5: e987.
Spear RC, Seto EYW, Carlton EJ, Liang S, Remais JV, Zhong B, Qiu D. 2011. The challenge of effective surveillance in moving from low transmission to elimination of schistosomiasis in China. Int J Parasitol 41:1243-1247.
Seto EYW, Remais JV, Carlton EJ, Wang S, Liang S, Brindley PJ, Qiu D, Spear RC, Wang L, Wang T, Chen H, Dong X, Wang L, Hao Y, Bergquist R, Zhou X. 2011. Toward sustainable and comprehensive control of schistosomiasis in China: lessons from Sichuan. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 5: e1372.
Carlton EJ, Hsiang M, Zhang Y, Johnson S, Hubbard A, Spear RC. (2010) The impact of Schistosoma japonicum infection and treatment on ultrasound-detectable morbidity: a five-year cohort study in Southwest China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 4: e685.
Hsiang MS, Carlton EJ, Zhang Y, Zhong B, Qiu D, Cohen P, Stewart CC, Spear RC. (2010) Use of Ultrasonography to Evaluate Schistosoma japonicum-related Morbidity in Children, Sichuan Province, China, 2000–2007. Am J Trop Med Hyg 82: 103-111.
Seto EY, Carlton EJ (2010) Disease transmission models for public health decision-making: designing intervention strategies for Schistosoma japonicum. In: Michael E, Spear RC, editors. Modelling Parasite Transmission and Control. New York: Landes Bioscience and Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 172-183.
Sudat SE, Carlton EJ, Seto EY, Spear RC, Hubbard AE (2010) Using variable importance measures from causal inference to rank risk factors of schistosomiasis infection in a rural setting in China. Epidemiol Perspect Innov 7: 3.
Spear RC, Seto E, Remais J, Carlton EJ, Davis G, Qiu D, Zhou X, Liang S. (2006) Fighting waterborne infectious diseases. Science 314: 1081-1083; author reply 1081-1083.
Healthy housing for low-income populations in New York City
Carlton EJ, Moats HL, Feinberg M, Shepard P, Garfinkel R, Whyatt R, Evans D. (2004) Pesticide sales in low-income, minority neighborhoods. J Community Health 29: 231-244.
Kass D, McKelvey W, Carlton E, Hernandez M, Chew G, Nagel S, Garfinkel R, Clarke B, Tiven J, Espino C, Evans D. (2009) Effectiveness of an integrated pest management intervention in controlling cockroaches, mice, and allergens in New York City public housing. Environ Health Perspect 117: 1219-1225.
Chew GL, Carlton EJ, Kass D, Hernandez M, Clarke B, Tiven J, Garfinkel R, Nagle S, Evans D. (2006) Determinants of cockroach and mouse exposure and associations with asthma in families and elderly individuals living in New York City public housing. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 97: 502-513.
Williams MK, Barr DB, Camann DE, Cruz LA, Carlton EJ, Borjas M, Reyes A, Evans D, Kinney PL, Whitehead RD, Perera FP, Matsoanne S, Whyatt RM. (2006) An intervention to reduce residential insecticide exposure during pregnancy among an inner-city cohort. Environ Health Perspect 114: 1684-1689.

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