Megan Vodzak is a research specialist for Smithsonian Global Health. She currently works on the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threat PREDICT project in Myanmar and Kenya. PREDICT conducts viral surveillance in humans, domestic animals, and wildlife at high risk human/animal interfaces.
Vodzak’s background includes both research and field experiences in the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been able to study various aspects of bat physiology, disease ecology, biodiversity, immunology, and pathogens. Highlights of her research include helping to characterize a new genus of a rarely caught African bat, Niumbaha superba, studying how White-nose syndrome affects hibernating bat species, and studying immune function in several species of fruit bats.