Charis Royal

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Age: 22
Birthplace: Meridian, MS
Issues: Lupus, Fibromyalgia
Age of first medically trackable issue: 12
Occupation: EMT (medical school applicant)

About me: 

So just a bit about me…

I just graduated from Arizona State University with a double major in Anthropology and Biology. I believe everyone should have a functioning understanding of Public Health, the dangers of infectious disease, and the necessity of preventative measures.

I have taken every opportunity to concentrate on research around infectious diseases and understanding their impact on human populations. As a Junior I studied the theory of the epidemiological transition, and investigated whether or not three countries, The United State of America, China, and Uganda, each with varying levels of infrastructure, will have a discrepancy between prevalence of three difference variances of diseases: zoonotic diseases, infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases.

This initial research piqued my interest in infectious diseases, and I proposed an independent study with Gerardo Chowell-Puente an Associate Professor of Epidemiological and Mathematical models of Disease at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. With his advice and support for last 17 months we have worked to identify epidemiological factors that may affect the transmission of the coronavirus spreading in Saudi Arabia, called Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) are closely related in the phylogenetic tree of novel coronaviruses that have generated infections in humans.  I hope to continue my education with a Medical Degree and a PhD in infectious diseases. I hope to become a doctor with a specialty in emergency medicine.

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