Edmund Norris, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Emerging Pathogens Institute
Center Project 1: Understanding vector ecology, arbovirus infection rates and insecticide resistance to optimize mosquito control
Sub-Project: “Power vector control tools with strategies to circumvent insecticide resistance”

Edmund Norris received his PhD in Entomology and Toxicology from Iowa State University in 2018 under the supervision of Joel Coats and Lyric Bartholomay. For his dissertation, he explored the ability of plant compounds to enhance a variety of synthetic insecticides against mosquitoes, but he also focused more broadly on natural product chemistry and the mechanisms by which natural plant compounds affect the physiology of medical and veterinary pest insects.

Edmund is a post-doctoral research associate at the Emerging Pathogens Institute under the direction of Jeffrey Bloomquist at University of Florida. Edmund is interested in the development of novel repellents and insecticidal formulations that may circumvent insecticide resistance, while primarily focusing on natural products as his inspiration. His research focuses on better understanding the mechanisms of novel insecticidal, repellent, and synergistic agents using a variety of electrophysiolgical, pharmacological, and biochemical techniques.

Professor Jeffrey Bloomquist and post-doctoral research associate Edmund Norris have been evaluating novel insecticides and repellents as part of the Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence research initiative. With the aid of the technology licensing agency at UF, they have submitted one full patent and two provisional patent applications that will hopefully provide new chemicals for control of mosquito-borne and tick-borne disease. These newly developed technologies are further detailed below in experiments on the yellow fever mosquito and Zika vector, Aedes aegypti. For more information on these novel insecticides please click here.

Through his work with the center, Edmund has also been involved with co-organizing two symposia at the American Chemical Society. In 2019, he co-organized the “Development of Novel Vector Control Technologies”, and was an award finalist for his presentation. He is currently co-organizing “Vector Control Technologies Now and Into the Future Early Career Scientist Symposium” for the American Chemical Society 260th National Meeting & Exposition from August 15-20, 2020 in San Francisco, California.

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