“Improving public health surveillance of Onchocerca lupi through increased host and vector screening”


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.

"This grant has allowed me to conduct a research project I have wanted to do for the last ten years. This project is now a chapter in my dissertation and I will be able to work on this understudied organism for the duration of my career." (Chandler Roe)

 “Culex tarsalis insecticide resistance”

"This was a wonderful opportunity that allowed me to be apart of research in a growing and important field of study as well as help me to further my education."  (Billy Mortola)

 “Strengthening vector management in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands”

 “Tortoises, ticks, and tick-borne pathogens of the Mojave Desert”

"The funds from this grant allowed me to complete my PhD, purchase lab and field supplies, and also allowed me to collaborate with other universities and departments, like the California Department of Public Health." (Molly Bechtel)

 “Molecular and serological investigations of the potential vertebrate reservoir host of the emerging tick-borne pathogen, Rickettsia philipii (364D)”

"Receiving the training grant from PacVec gave me the tools and guidance to conduct research in emerging infectious diseases. In addition to funding my education and research, the training grant taught me lessons in public speaking, networking, and collaboration." (Vincent Mai)

 “Identifying biomarkers of pyrethroid resistance in wild Aedes aegypti from California”

"The PacVec training grant has been an excellent opportunity. The grant provided support for me to apply emerging techniques to questions of vector biology, and has allowed me to learn from and collaborate with vector control groups in California. I've really appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this community and to learn about the work and perspectives of other stakeholders." (Erin "Taylor" Kelly)

 “Flea-borne typhus in California, a multi-year review: 2011 – 2019”

 “Comparative genomics of Aedes albopictus in Kwajalein Atoll for developing arbovirus vector dispersal models”

"The training grant was pivotal in familiarizing me with the foundational elements of whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics. It has advanced my abilities
significantly." (Adam Vorsino)

 “Understanding the role of veterinary personnel and pet travel in regards to ticks and tick-borne disease in Alaska”

"This training grant provided funded research experience for a project more extensive than any I would have been able to complete with the normal funding available for DVM students." (Renate Schlaht)

 “Developing  high-resolution risk map of West Nile virus in Coachella Valley using ECOSTRESS data”

 “Orientation behavior of western tree hole mosquitoes, Aedes sierrensis (Ludlow)”

"The PacVec training grant allowed me to focus on my research within the COVID-19 pandemic, and gave me several opportunities to practice disseminating science to knowledgeable audiences within my research field." (Kirsten Meredith)

 “Population genetic structure of the western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus”

The Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases is supported through Cooperative Agreement Number 1U01CK000649-01 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, Davis.

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