Dr Janey Messina

Research Interests


Collaboration and communication with researchers in an array of external fields are central to Janey’s research, which is highly interdisciplinary in nature. Her interests lie primarily in the following areas:

  • Health geography
  • Spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • The application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and quantitative analysis to public health and social science research questions
  • Population-environment interactions, particularly in developing countries


Research Disciplines:

  • Geography

Research Keywords:

  • Health, Inequality, Poverty


  • South East Asia, South Africa

Research Cluster:


Contact Information

Selected Publications

  1. Messina, J.P., Kraemer, M.U.G., Brady, O.J., Pigott, D.M., Shearer, F.M., Weiss, D.J., Golding, N., Ruktanonchai, C.W., Gething, P.W., Cohn, E., et al. (2016). Mapping global environmental suitability for Zika virus. eLife 10.7554/eLife.15272.
  2. Messina, J.P., Pigott, D.M., Golding, N., Duda, K.A., Brownstein, J.S., Gething, P.W., Myers, M.F., George, D.B., Hay, S.I. (2015) The global distribution of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic feverTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 109:1-11.
  3. Messina, J.P., Brady, O.J., Golding, N., Pigott, D.M., Kraemer, M.U.G., Scott, T.W., Wint, G.R.W., Smith, D.L., Hay S.I. (2015). The many projected futures of dengue. Nature Reviews Microbiology 13(4): 230-239.
  4. Messina, J.P., Humphreys, I., Flaxman, A., Brown, A., Cooke, G.S., Pybus, O.G., Barnes, E. (2015). The global distribution and prevalence of HCV genotypes. Hepatology  61(1):77-87.
  5. Messina, J.P., Brady, O.J., Zhou, C., Pigott, D.M., Duda, K., Bhatt, S., Katzelnick, L., Simmons, C.P., Hay, S.I. (2014). The global spread of dengue virus types: mapping the 70-year record. Trends in Microbiology 22(3): 138-146.
  6. Messina, J.P., Mwandagalirwa, K., Taylor, S.M., Emch, M., Meshnick, S.R. (2013) Spatial and social factors drive anemia in Congolese women. Health and Place 24C: 54-64.
  7. Bhatt, S. Gething, P.W., Brady, O.J., Messina, J.P., Farlow, A.W., Moyes, C.L., Drake, J.M., Brownstein, J.S.,  Hoen, A.G., Sankoh, O., et al. (2013) The global distribution and burden of  dengue. Nature 496: 504-507.
  8. Brady, O.J., Gething, P.W., Bhatt, S., Messina, J.P., Brownstein, J.S., Hoen, A.G., Moyes, C.L., Farlow, A.W., Scott, T.W., Hay, S.I. (2012) Refining the global spatial limits of dengue virus transmission by evidence-based consensus. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 6(8):e1760.
  9. Messina, J.P., Taylor, S.M., Meshnick, S.R., Linke, A., Tshefu, A.K., Atua, B., Mwandagalirwa, K., Emch, M. (2011) Population, behavioral and environmental drivers of malaria prevalence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Malaria Journal 10:161.
  10. Messina, J.P., Emch, M., Muwonga, J., Mwandagalirwa, K., Edidi, S.B., Mama, N., Okenge, A. and S.R. Meshnick. (2010) Spatial and socio-behavioral patterns of HIV prevalence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Social Science and Medicine 71(8): 1428-1435.