Our Team

Rhoel R. Dinglasan, PhD MPH

CDC SOUTHEASTERN CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN VECTOR BORNE DISEASES | DIRECTOR

Professor of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida


Research interests:
Molecular parasitology; arbovirology; molecular medical entomology; glycoproteomics; cell biology; microbial pathogenesis; vector-borne disease transmission biology

Contact information: rdinglasan@epi.ufl.edu

Melissa Nolan, PhD MPH

CDC SOUTHEASTERN CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN VECTOR BORNE DISEASES | DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina


Research interests:
Infectious disease; vector-borne disease transmission; vector-borne disease control in resource-limited areas; tickborne illness; health disparities; surveillance; Chagas disease

Contact information: msnolan@mailbox.sc.edu

Sadie J. Ryan, PhD

DATA CORE LEAD | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Associate Professor of Medical Geography, Department of Geography, University of Florida

Research interests: Medical geography and ecology; disease ecology; tropical conservation; human-wildlife interface; geospatial models

Contact information: sjryan@ufl.edu
Follow Dr. Ryan’s lab at www.sadieryan.net
John Beier

John C. Beier, Sc.D.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor and Director of the Division of Environment and Public Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami

Research interests: Ecology and control of vector-borne diseases; pathogen transmission dynamics; determinants of human risk; novel vector control methods; innovative integrated vector management strategies for disease control

Contact information: jbeier@miami.edu

Matthew J. DeGennaro, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences Institute, Florida International University

Research interests: Molecular genetics; development of new tools to control harmful mosquito behaviors; identification of olfactory receptors necessary for mosquito host detection

Contact information: mdegenna@fiu.edu

Jeff Bloomquist, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor of Entomology and Nematology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

Research interests: Mode of action and neurotoxicity of synthetic insecticides, natural toxins, and drugs; mechanisms of resistance to insecticides and nematicides

Contact information: jbquist@epi.ufl.edu

Derek Cummings, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor of Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
 

Research interests: Transmission of infectious diseases; patterns of pathogen transmission; disease ecology

Contact information: datc@ufl.edu

Holly Gaff, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University

Research Interests: Tick ecology; tick-borne illness; surveillance; mathematical epidemiology

Contact information: hgaff@odu.edu

Ricky Telg, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor, Department of Agricultural Education & Communication & Director, Center of Public Issues Education, University of Florida

Research Interests: Agricultural communication (television/video production, print media, and media relations), distance education (instructional design, instructional media)

Contact information: rwtelg@ufl.edu

Meghan Hermance, PhD

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of South Alabama

Research Interests: emerging arboviruses, maintenance of infected tick and mosquito colonies in biocontainment facilities, and arthropod-host-virus transmission systems in animal models

Contact information: mhermance@southalabama.edu

Abelardo Moncayo, PhD 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Director, Vector-Borne Diseases Program, Tennessee Department of Health 

Research Interests: vector-borne disease epidemiology, ecology, surveillance and control, emerging pathogen detection, public health policy

Contact information: Abelardo.Moncayo@tn.gov 

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