Steve Meshnick

Dr. Steve Meshnick is one of our many global leaders at the Gillings School.

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Steve Meshnick, MD, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology


Dr. Meshnick combines tools from epidemiology, molecular biology and population genetics to study malaria and tick-borne diseases. Read More

Dr. Meshnick has a joint appointment as a Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, where he directs the Infectious Disease Epidemiology PhD Program, and in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the UNC School of Medicine.  Dr. Meshnick studies malaria in Malawi, Thailand, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Dr. Meshnick and his colleagues are conducting nationwide malaria surveys in the DRC, to elucidate the epidemiological and environmental drivers of transmission and the evolution of drug resistance.   His group also studies the pathogenesis of malaria in pregnancy and the role of parasite genetic diversity.

In addition to his work abroad, Dr. Meshnick is studying the epidemiology and ecology of tick-borne diseases here in North Carolina. He is particularly interested in the effectiveness of protecting outdoor workers from tick exposure with long-lasting permethrin-impregnated uniforms and in learning about the tick microbiome.

Dr. Meshnick is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and Journal of Infectious Diseases and has served on a number of NIH Review Panels.

Active Projects

  • Spatio-temporal Patterns of Drug Resistant Malaria in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Genetic epidemiology of malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • The Evolution of Drug Resistant Malaria from Humans to Mosquitoes



  • Cambodia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Malawi
  • Thailand
  • United States



3301 Michael Hooker Research Center
Campus Box 7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435