Sandra Zapata Ramirez
M.S. Integrative Biological Diversity, WCSU '25,
B.A. Biology, WCSU ’18
Sandra is currently a graduate student (’25) in WCSU’s Master of Science in Integrative Biological Diversity program and also works in the WCSU Tickborne Disease and Prevention Laboratory (Tick Lab) under a grant-funded position as part of the New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEWVEC). She graduated in 2018 from WCSU with a B.A. in Biology. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Tick Lab contributing to studies on ticks, tickborne diseases, and human-tick interactions. She also planned, executed, and presented independent research comparing laboratory-reared and field-collected blacklegged tick mortality in household dryers. For this research project, she was awarded the WCSU Chapter Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award and Western Research Day Provost’s Award. After graduating, she held grant-funded positions at the University of Rhode Island, Columbia University, and the University of Pittsburgh working with different aspects of ticks and tick-human interactions. Her thesis research focuses on the horizontal movement of ticks in backyards.