PacVec holds monthly seminars that convenes public health and vector control professionals, and features the work of PacVec’s principal investigators, trainees, and visiting researchers that are relevant to the center’s mission. Seminars are held monthly during the academic year from October through June and are available both in-person and via Zoom. To be notified about upcoming seminars, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking subscribe. All seminar announcements include a link to participate remotely via Zoom.


Lark Coffey, UC Davis: “Current Progress Towards Zika Vaccine Development with a Focus on Trials in Pregnant Rhesus Macaques”

Joshua Arnbrister, University of Arizona: “Engaging Community Health Workers in Mosquito Surveillance in an Urban Desert Environment” & Chase Ridenour, Northern Arizona University: St. Louis Encephalitis Virus Within Two Southwestern United States Counties: Maricopa County, Arizona, and Riverside County, California”

Tara Thiemann, University of the Pacific: “Pyrethroid Resistance in Cx. tarsalis” & Kacie Ring, San Francisco State University: “Host Blood Meal’s Influence on the Vectoral Capacity of Ixodes pacificus”

Ring Cardé, UC Riverside:“Cues Used by Host-Seeking Aedes aegypti: How Little We Know”

Jay Gan, UC Riverside: “Urban Insecticide Use and Adverse Environmental Effects”

Geoffrey Attardo, UC Davis: “Tsetse Fly Reproduction: Exploration of the Unique Reproductive Adaptations of a Neglected Disease Vector”

Bill Walton, UC Riverside: “Constructed Wetlands: Does Improving Water Quality Jeopardize Public Health?”

Ned Walker, Michigan State University: “The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities”

Anne Kjemtrup, California Department of Public Health: “Repeat Performances: Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects of Tick-borne Relapsing Fever in California”

Karine Le Roch, UC Riverside: “A Systems Biology Approach to understand gene regulation and pathogenicity in human malaria parasites”

Sarjeet Gill, UC Riverside: “How does Bti cause toxicity to mosquitoes?”

Janet Foley, UC Davis: “Changing ecology of Rocky Mountain spotted fever”

Scott Ritchie, James Cook University: “Let the mozzies losse: a tale of two Wolbachias”

Colince Kamdem, UC Riverside: “Adaptation of Anopheles mosquitoes to human habitats and vector control”

Alex Perkins, University of Notre Dame: “Model-based projections of Zika virus infections: diverse epidemiological applications of a new method”

Brian A. Federici, UC Riverside: “Microorganisms as sources of proteins for highly effective mosquito control”

Anthony Cornel, UC Davis: “Predicting efficacy of field adulticiding from laboratory assays for insecticide resistance”

Peter Atkinson, UC Riverside: “The piRNA system of Aedes aegypti and its possible role in viral immunity and transposon silencing: a new route to immune priming?”

Christopher Barker, UC Davis: “Overview of the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases”


Our center strives to strengthen and expand already effective collaborations between researchers, vector-control, and public health organizations for vector-borne disease surveillance, prevention, and response in the Pacific Southwest region of the US.


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