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Infectious Disease & Vector Biology

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Humans are challenged by a variety of pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Many of these pathogens are transmitted by arthropod vectors. Our faculty study fundamental properties of these pathogens as well as the vectors that transmit them, from microbial to organismal scales. By understanding how these pathogens are transmitted and infect humans, our faculty are devising control strategies for mitigating their impacts.

Areas of interest

  • Vector insect thermal adaptations
  • Mosquito host-seeking behavior
  • Insect developmental pathways
  • Sex determination and control
  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Influence of climate change on vector range
  • Biochemistry of pathogenesis


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    Brandon Jutras , bio

    Associate Professor and BcGSA Advisor: Molecular and Cellular Biology of Lyme Disease

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    Michael Klemba , bio

    Associate Professor and Director of Biochemistry Study Abroad Programs: Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Malaria

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    Chloé Lahondère , bio

    Assistant Professor and Inclusion and Diversity Committee Chair: Mechanisms of Thermal Adaption in Insects

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    Zhijian (Jake) Tu , bio

    University Distinguished Professor Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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    Clément Vinauger , bio

    Associate Professor: Molecular Genetics of Host-Seeking Behavior in Insects

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    Jinsong Zhu , bio

    Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program Associate Department Head Genetic Mechanisms of Mosquito Reproduction