**This opportunity will be posted on Zintellect in the next few weeks (by July) – for questions, or to express interest, contact the POC listed below**
Funding is available for a one year ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) Fellow opportunity for tick threat assessment at US Air Force Bases.
Host Location: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton OH 45433
Participant will investigate tick species presence, distribution and density at up to 8 Air Force Bases (TBD) in the United States. Activities will include:
• Environmental tick surveillance (e.g. flagging, dragging)
• Removal of ectoparasites from euthanized / nuisance killed wildlife
• Sampling of ticks and other ectoparasites from birds (TBD)
• Identification of tick samples to genus and species
• Extraction of nucleic acids to prepare samples for PCR and sequencing analysis
• Detection of tick-borne disease agents in samples
• PCR species ID, or genetic sequencing of samples (only as needed)
• Analyze nucleotide sequence data to confirm species identification or to reveal phylogenetic relationships (only as needed)
• Perform a comparative tick sampling study at the host location, using two different dry ice traps and two different tick drags.
The Fellow will also engage with Public Health at 2 – 3 bases to implement on-site tick testing of human biting Ixodes scapularis for Borrelia burgdorferi, and may participate in CDC’s MALDI-TOF tick analysis project by submitting specimens to that program. The Fellow will be encouraged to submit all novel findings for presentation or publication. This opportunity has significant travel and field work components, and also lab work as specified above.
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