Dr. Jeff Bloomquist, Professor of Entomology and Nematology and Researcher at the Emerging Pathogens Insititute at the University of Florida. Fields of research specialization include i) mode of action and neurotoxicity of synthetic insecticides, natural toxins, and drugs and ii) mechanisms of resistance to insecticides and nematicides.
Project 1: Understanding vector ecology, arbovirus infectious rates & insecticide resistance to optimize mosquito control. The biocomplexity of Aedes vectors of Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and other arboviruses in the US remains understudied. We will investigate how fundamental, field-based information on the complexities of vector ecology and adaptation can be used to parameterize local and global models for predicting disease transmission and forecasting the longer-term potential of novel vector control tools in effecting optimized vector control in urban environments