TRAINING GRANTS

2018-2019 TRAINING GRANT RECIPIENTS

“Pyrethroid resistance in Culex tarsalis

TRAINING

Our center offers training that is intended to provide career development opportunities for individuals interested in public-health-relevant research on vector-borne diseases and to enable additional research and training opportunities that will be sought from other sponsors.

"The PacVec training grant allowed me to collaborate on a project between several mosquito control districts in Northern California to study pyrethroid resistance in Culex tarsalis and enzymatic and kdr target-site resistance mechanisms. Through this project, I developed new skills in molecular techniques and project management that I can apply to future work in vector control. The results of this research can also help guide vector control districts in their decisions involving insecticide use and resistance management." (Sumiko De La Vega)

“Assessment of risk and transmission cycle of the emerging tick-borne pathogen, Borrelia miyamotoi

"PacVec gave me the opportunity to conduct scientific research that became the foundation of my master’s thesis project. With PacVec's support, I was able to present the results from this project at 4 conferences, 3 invited talks, and submitted a peer reviewed paper. The exposure resulting from these presentations allowed me to connect with scientists from a variety of academic and government groups, which has directly improved my professional growth – including how I met my current Ph.D. advisor!" (Samantha Sambado)

“Engaging community health workers for vector control and surveillance”

"The PacVec grant allowed me to pursue my thesis research, which was a project focusing on engaging community health workers in mosquito larval surveillance in Southern Arizona and the Arizona-Sonora Border region." (Joshua Arnbrister)

“Genomic basis of mammal-biting in Culex pipiens, a primary vector of WNV”

“Circulation of St. Louis encephalitis virus in the Southwestern United States”

“Is adaptation mal-adaptation: an assessment of mosquitoes and water harvesting”

"The PacVec training grant allowed me to attend school and gain knowledge and skills in the field of mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne diseases. It also catapulted my research interest in developing innovative vector control strategies that will help in the mitigation of arboviruses transmission around the world." (Valerie Madera Garcia)

“Genetic variation and endosymbiont diversity of Rhipicephalus sanguineus populations across Arizona”