About the Center

California’s large population and location on the Pacific Rim make it a hub for commerce and travel, with some of the busiest North American airports, seaports, and highways. California also includes diverse ecological landscapes ranging from cool temperate forests to dry, hot deserts, making the state highly susceptible to invasive vectors, exotic pathogens such as Zika virus, and several endemic pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks. The Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases addresses these urgent public health challenges. UC Davis and UC Riverside will combine cutting-edge research in surveillance, vector control, genetics, epidemiology, and sustainable, effective insecticide development to generate knowledge and technology to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases and train a diverse “community of practice” including public health professionals and entomology experts responsive to the needs of the broader US Southwest population.

Research

Conduct applied research to develop and validate effective prevention and control tools and methods to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks.

Training

Train vector biologists, entomologists, and physicians in the knowledge and skills required to address vector-borne disease concerns.

Collaboration

Strengthen and expand already effective collaboration between researchers and public health organizations for surveillance, prevention, and response.

Meet our Team

William Walton

William Walton

Co-Director, UC Riverside

The Walton lab studies the ecology and control of mosquitoes inhabiting constructed treatment wetlands, microbiomes of mosquitoes and their environment, biorational control strategies for mosquito vectors inhabiting underground storm drain systems, use of native larvivorous fishes for mosquito control and the characterization of semiochemicals that reduce egg laying by mosquito vectors.