Huffington Post July 16, 2014
Rebecca Rubinstein is a biology and Spanish major at Wellesley College. She is spending her summer in La Romana, Dominican Republic, as a Center for Tropical Diseases Research Fellow with UTMB. She collects and sorts mosquitoes from various bateyes (i.e., housing communities) provided by sugarcane companies for their workers. UTMB is hoping to learn more about chikungunya, a virus new to the Western Hemisphere that is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Rubinstein also interviews fever patients and collects blood samples at hospitals in La Romana. After she graduates, she wants to work in tropical medicine and epidemiology as a researcher or physician.