Announcing the Meshnick Travel Award winner – Katherine McVay!

We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural winner of the Steve Meshnick Travel Award – congratulations to Katherine McVay!

Katherine McVay is an Evolutionary Anthropology Ph.D. Student in the Goldberg Lab at Duke University. She earned her BS in Genetics and BA in Anthropology from North Carolina State University. She is currently studying genetic adaptations to malaria in Brazilian Howler Monkeys and will be using this TriCEM award to present her research at the Evolution Conference this June.


This travel award was developed to honor Professor Steve Meshnick’s (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) contributions to TriCEM. Steve was internationally recognized for his global work in understanding, preventing, and treating infectious diseases, particularly malaria and HIV/AIDS, and his long history of impactful training of graduate students. The award supports one student per year to present their research or learn new methods that advance their research goals in infectious disease, global health, or evolutionary perspectives in epidemiology.