Professor Marcia Castro is Associate Professor of Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Associate Faculty of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and Faculty member of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Professor Castro’s research focuses on the development and use of multidisciplinary approaches and combining data from different sources to identify the determinants of malaria transmission in different ecological settings, to provide evidence for the improvement of current control policies, and to provide evidence for the development of new policies. She has more than 15 years of research experience in the Brazilian Amazon, and recently launched a birth cohort study in the region to study maternal and child health, and child development.
Professor Castro has expertise in urban malaria in Africa, where she worked with the Dar es Salaam Urban Malaria Control Program in Tanzania between 2004 and 2010, supporting the implementation and evaluation of a large-scale community-based larval control, and planning and implementing a pilot community-based environmental management intervention. Her most recent research focuses on: (1) assessing the impact of human mobility and asymptomatic infections in the pattern and level of malaria transmission; (2) testing a new strategy to identify residual reservoirs of Plasmodium vivax in declining transmission; (3) evaluating the role of behavior change communication campaigns in malaria control; and (4) modeling the impact of extreme climatic events on the transmission of malaria. Professor Castro earned her doctoral degree in Demography from Princeton University.