Research Priorities

Ecology of Infectious Diseases:

  1. Host, Pathogen and Vector determinants of disease transmission.
  2. Impact of climate change on the geographic expansion of tick-borne diseases (Lyme disease, Powassan encephalitis, Heartland virus disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rickettsiosis) and mosquito-borne diseases (Dengue fever, West Nile encephalitis, Zika virus disease, Chikungunya virus disease).
  3. Geographic expansion and introduction of native and non-native (exotic) arthropod vectors in the United States.
  4. Environmental factors driving the emergence and re-emergence of vector-borne diseases.
  5. Impact of migratory animals on the geographic expansion of zoonotic diseases.
  6. Mathematical modeling of disease ecology and risk assessment/prediction.
  7. Novel methods to mitigate vector-borne disease transmission.


Environmental Health:

  1. Effects of environmental exposures on human and animal health.
  2. Modeling environmental risk factors impacting human and animal health.
  3. Chemical and non-chemical stressors on human health.
  4. Human behavior and environmental consequences.
  5. GIS mapping and spatial analysis of environmental variables and population diversity in relation to morbidity and mortality.


One Health:

  1. Ecological drivers of Zoonotic diseases.
  2. Human behavior and geographic expansion of Zoonotic diseases.
  3. Mechanisms of zoonotic disease transmission and pathogenesis.
  4. Environmental, genetic and health disparities on emerging infectious diseases.
  5. Development of innovative and practical solutions to mitigate zoonotic disease transmission.