Training Grants

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 recipients of PacVec Training Grants!

Our 2019 training grants have been awarded, and we are excited about all of the new additions to our community of practice. Thank you to everyone who applied, and congratulations to our funding recipients! This will be an annual opportunity, so please stay tuned for the next call for proposals in early 2020. Meanwhile, please consider potential research plans and partnerships between academic institutions and public health or vector control agencies in your area.

2019 – 2020 Training Grant Recipients:

“Identification of biochemical signatures of pyrethroid resistance in invasive Aedes aegypti” (Erin “Taylor” Kelly, trainee; Geoffrey Attardo, PI; University of California, Davis)

“Transcriptomic profiles of Ixodes pacificus under acaricide treatment and host blood meal (Kacie Ring, trainee; Andrea Swei, PI; San Francisco State University)

“Identification of social determinants of health associated with Aedes aegypti prevalence across Maricopa County (Whitney Holeva-Ecklund, trainee; Crystal Hepp, PI; Northern Arizona University)

“Larval ecology of invasive Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in southern California (Xiaoming Wang, trainee; Guiyun Yan, PI; University of California, Irvine)

Wolbachia infections in mosquitoes of Merced County (Ryan Torres, trainee; Andrea Joyce, PI; University of California, Merced)

“Northern California physician assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices for Lyme disease in a low-endemic state (Sharon Brummitt, trainee; Woutrina Smith, PI; University of California, Davis)

“Next-generation-sequencing-based means for mosquito surveillance and detection of mosquito-borne pathogens (Aurelie Kapusta, trainee; Ary Faraji, PI; University of Utah)

2018 – 2019 Training Grant Recipients:

“Pyrethroid resistance in Culex tarsalis” (Sumiko De La Vega and Bonnie Ryan, trainees; Tara Thiemann, PI; University of the Pacific)

“Assessment of risk and transmission cycle of the emerging tick-borne pathogen, Borrelia miyamotoi” (Samantha Sambodo, trainee; Andrea Swei, PI; San Francisco State University)

“Engaging community health workers for vector control and surveillance” (Josh Arnbrister, trainee; Kacey Ernst, PI; University of Arizona)

“Genomic basis of mammal-biting in Culex pipiens, a primary vector of WNV” (Yuki Haba, trainee; Marm Kilpatrick, PI; University of California, Santa Cruz)

“Circulation of St. Louis Encephalitis Virus in the Southwestern United States” (Chase Ridenour, trainee; Crystall Hepp, PI; Northern Arizona University)

“Is adaptation mal-adaptation: an assessment of mosquitos and water harvesting” (Valerie Madera-Garcia, trainee; Heidi Brown, PI; University of Arizona)

“Genetic variation and endosymbiont diversity of Rhipicephalus sanguineus populations across Arizona” (Maureen Brophy, trainee; Kathleen Walker, PI; University of Arizona)