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Disease Eco-Epidemiology

We research the ecology, evolution, and epidemiology of vector-borne, wildlife, and zoonotic diseases using field-based studies and molecular tools.  By understanding how pathogens are maintained in nature, we aim to identify novel targets for interventions to reduce disease risk to humans, wildlife, and domestic animal populations.

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Recent News from the Lab:

  • May 2018 m_coverCollaborative review article with investigators from Army Public Health Center, CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada, and academia shows lonestar ticks are not vectors of the Lyme disease pathogen.  Featured on journal cover, TickEncounter, Science Daily, Entomology Today.
  • May 2018 New summer students: Welcome to veterinary students Andy Castro and Skye Sneed who have been accepted to the Veterinary Medical Summer Research Training Program (VMSRTP)! Looking forward to working on canine Chagas disease (Andy) and avian conservation (Skye) together.  Welcome to undergraduates Hannah Meyers of Kalamazoo College (Michigan) who will complete her Senior Individualized Project here, and to Nidhi Patel of TAMU.
  • May 2018 New funds awarded from American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine will allow us to grow our eco-epidemiology investigations of transmission of the Chagas disease parasite in and around biomedical research facilities where nonhuman primates are becoming naturally exposed.
  • May 2018 JISESA_18_3_Cover_OFC_reducedCongrats Justin, Rachel, photographer Gabe, and the resin-vector team!  Our new article details protocols for clear resin casting of arthropod vectors to create useful teaching tools for medical, veterinary, and entomology groups, and was selected to be featured on the cover of Journal of Insect Science!  The work was also the subject of the Entomology Today Blog by Entomological Society of America, and covered in a Press Release by the Entomology Department. 
  • May 2018 Kissing bug season is once again upon us! If you encounter kissing bugs, our lab accepts safely-collected bugs for identification, parasite testing, and other research purposes.  Learn more about our citizen science program (and submit bug photos) at our citizen science website, now also fully translated to Spanish.

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