Claudia Muñoz-Zanzi, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Claudia Muñoz-Zanzi

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6953

Office Address:
1245 Mayo Building

Mailing Address:
1260 Mayo Building
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55454-1075

PhD, Epidemiology, University of California-Davis, 2002

DVM, Veterinary Medicine, University of Concepcion, 1994

MVPM, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, 1997


My overall goal is to improve our understanding of zoonotic infections and other emerging infectious diseases, especially in a global context, as these infections are often linked to poverty and inadequate living conditions. I specifically study leptospirosis (a bacteria spread through urine) and toxoplasmosis (a parasitic infection) and seek to identify the determinants of transmission between humans and animals, as well as interventions that are appropriate for limited-resource populations. 


Infectious disease, eco-epidemiology, zoonoses, one health, field epidemiology, community-based research, disease diagnosis



See a full list of recent publications from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Select Recent Publications

Zhang AZ, Negoescu D, Munoz-Zanzi C. "When and what to test for: A cost-effectiveness analysis of febrile illness test-and-treat strategies in the era of responsible antibiotic use." PLoS One. 2020;15(1):e0227409. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227409. 

Polo N, Machado G, Rodrigues R, Nájera Hamrick P, Munoz-Zanzi C, Pereira MM, Bercini M, Timm LN, Schneider MC. "A One Health Approach to Investigating Leptospira Serogroups and Their Spatial Distributions among Humans and Animals in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2013– 2015." Trop Med Infect Dis. 2019 Feb 27;4(1). doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed4010042. 

Belsare, Aniruddha, Mason, Meghan, Gompper, Matthew, Munoz-Zanzi, Claudia (2019, March 12). “MHMSLeptoDy (Multi-host, multi-serovar Leptospira Dynamics Model)” (Version 1.1.2). CoMSES Computational Model Library. Retrieved from:

Peniche-Lara G, Balmaceda L, Perez-Osorio C, Munoz-Zanzi C. "Human Babesiosis, Yucatán State, Mexico, 2015." Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Nov;24(11):2061-2062. doi: 10.3201/eid2411.170512.

Peniche-Lara G, Jimenez-Delgadillo B, Munoz-Zanzi C, Cárdenas-Marrufo M, Pérez-Osorio C, Arias-León J. "Presence of Rickettsia Species in a Marginalized Area of Yucatan, Mexico." J Trop Med. 2018;2018:7675828. doi: 10.1155/2018/7675828.



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