CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases


Our center leverages the expertise across a broad remit of vector biology disciplines to achieve the following objectives:  (1) Conduct an innovative, applied research program to develop novel control interventions and optimize surveillance paradigms that would allow mosquito control associations throughout Florida and the US to better anticipate and respond to vector borne disease (VBD) outbreaks; (2) Establish an integrated research and training network between academic institutions t

Registration Full! The Gateway Program Tick Identification and Techniques Workshop

The Gateway Program Tick Identification and Techniques Workshop - Registration is now full! 

May 14-25, 2018 in Statesboro, Georgia on the campus of Georgia Southern University, home of the US National Tick Collection.

Costs: Workshop fees and lodging is provided. Individuals must pay for their own travel and meals.

Topics will include:

New Tick Journal Club

Tick Journal Club 10-11am on Alternate Thursdays

Location: Dr Samantha Wisely's Lab - Building 116 at 2322 Mowry Road

To join the email list for the article of the week, please email Sam Wisely ( 


Dates and Presenters:

  • September 14 - Zachary Kaplan 

    Title: Travelling between Two Worlds: Complement as a Gatekeeper for an Expanded Host Range of Lyme Disease Spirochetes

    Author: Peter Kraiczy

The Four Pillar Universities of the Gateway Program

This is a unified, flagship program from the State of Florida, led by the University of Florida, Florida International University, the University of Miami and the University of South Florida to establish a Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease (VBD) in the Southeastern US, with the following objectives: (1) develop novel control interventions and discover insecticide-resistance-breaking compounds; (2) expand  the level of inter-institute/inter-agency coordination and partnership in the exchange of research and operational information in the Southeast; (3) establish a compreh