Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Lisa Jones-Engel

Tel: 206-372-6190

CSDE Research Areas:

  • Environments and Populations
  • Health of People and Populations
  • Migration and Settlement

In the News:

Lisa Jones-Engel, PhD is a biological anthropologist, primatologist and Fulbright Scholar. For decades, she has studied how infectious agents are transmitted at the porous human-monkey interface and the implications that this dynamic interface has for public health and primate conservation. Her research team was the first to identify the zoonotic transmission of a simian retrovirus in Asia. Her lab developed a novel assay to detect the presence of tuberculosis (TB) in laboratory and free-ranging primates. This oral swab assay is now being tested in human clinical trials and holds promise as a new prospective approach to diagnosing TB as well enabling active TB case finding among at-risk populations. She is an advisor to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Her book “Neglected Diseases in Monkeys: From the Monkey-Human Interface to One Health” will be published by Springer Nature in October 2020.