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Disease Ecology at the Wasserberg Lab
Current research focuses on the following themes:
- The effect of anthropogenic land use change on disease emergence, with model systems include (a.) Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in the Middle East and (b.) La Crosse Encephalitis in western North Carolina.
- Identifying and targeting weak links in the transmission cycle of Leishmania major (Cutaneous Leishmaniasis agent):
- Oviposition ecology of sand flies: basic science and implications for attractant-based control.
- Systemic control using the rodent host as a trojan horse delivering the insecticide to the vector-host contact point
- Study of the spread of Lyme disease from Virginia to North Carolina: patterns and mechanisms
- Oviposition ecology of mosquitoes: effects of conspecifics, bacteria, and natural enemies
- Chiggers as potential vectors of Rickettsial pathogens in North Carolina
- Vector-host coupling: studying the epidemiological consequences of vector’s dependency on the host as a breeding resource using Individual-based modeling