The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne disease is seeking applications for a student intern to work at the Tennessee Department of Health Vector-Borne Diseases Program in Nashville. Tennessee has historically reported the presence of Aedes aegypti. Recent risk maps as well as CDC maps have included Tennessee as a state where Aedes aegypti is present. We do have recent records of Aedes aegypti in scattered locations, but Aedes albopictus is found throughout our state. Recent field isolates of Zika virus in Aedes albopicus in Mexico have suggested the involvement of this lab competent species in the current outbreak in Latin America. This species is also thought to have driven transmission of Zika virus in Gabon (African strain) and island groups in the South Pacific (Asian strain). Better understanding of the presence and abundance of Aedes species in Tennessee is essential for understanding the potential risk of autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in our state.
Students will contribute to a systematic survey of Aedes mosquitoes and arboviral testing. Eggs will be collected and sent to the Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory where they will be hatched and processed for species identification using molecular technologies. Additionally adult mosquitoes will be trapped and sent to our lab for morphological identification and processing for arbovirus testing. Students will gain laboratory, field, and epidemiology experiences.
If you have any questions about the position, call or email Dr. Abelardo Moncayo at (615) 262-6356 or Abelardo.Moncayo "at" tn.gov. The full advertisement for the position can be found attached below. Application deadline: April 15th, 2019.