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Dr. Thomas Unnasch appointed department chair of Global Health

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On August 15, Dean Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS announced the appointment of Thomas Unnasch, PhD as chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

Dr. Unnasch joined the college as a State of Florida World Class Scholar in 2008. His research interests include river blindness, filariasis, and arbovirus ecology in Florida. Unnasch serves as a scientific advisor for The Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program in the Americas and the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, as well as the World Health Organization. He is the current chair of the Ugandan Onchocerciasis Elimination Expert Advisory Committee

Dr. Unnasch holds a doctorate in protein chemistry and enzomology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  While on a postdoctoral fellowship with the Harvard School of Public Health, he conducted some of the first molecular biology studies in malaria.  Prior to joining the college, Unnasch was a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Outside working hours, he enjoys outdoor sports including backpacking, fly fishing, and canoeing.

Dr. Unnasch replaces Boo Kwa, PhD as chair of the Department of Global Health. Kwa successfully led the department since its creation and currently serves as the Associate Dean for International Programs with USF Health.