The Department has several faculty that conduct research on a number of vector-borne pathogens. Opportunities exist for laboratory and field training in ecology, pathogenesis, and molecular biology of the most severe emerging and reemerging vector-borne diseases. A strong research emphasis on arthropod-borne pathogens includes tick-borne spotted fever group Rickettsia, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Ehrlichia spp.; flea-borne Bartonella and Rickettsia; and mosquito-borne filariasis and viruses (West Nile, Eastern Equine encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis). Within the Department of Pathobiological Sciences many of these pathogens are maintained in laboratory culture or in animal models for research studies. Additionally, the Department is strengthened by an established Geographical Information Systems group which provides another opportunity for research interests in vector biology.
Fang-Ting Liang, PhD. Associate Professor. Lyme disease
Kevin Macaluso, PhD. Associate Professor. Tick-borne rickettsial diseases
Christopher Mores, PhD. Associate Professor. Arboviral diseases.
Alma Roy, PhD. Assistant Professor; Associate Director of Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Epidemiology of West Nile virus.