Current Research projects


                                         TICK-BORNE DISEASES:

1. Effect of co-infection on the clinical outcome of Lyme disease and Powassan   encephalitis.

2. Impact of ecological changes on geographic expansion of Powassan virus and other tick borne diseases  in Upstate New York.

3. Ticks and tick borne disease surveillance in Upstate New York.

4. Tick determinants of Powassan virus transmission.

5.  Tick-virus-host interface: Nidus of arbovirus transmission. 

6. Development of tick transmission model for Heartland virus pathogenesis.

7. Development of anti-tick vaccine and transmission blocking vaccines against tick-borne viruses.


                                         MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES:

8. The effect of mosquito salivary factors on Chikungunya and  Zika virus infection and dissemination.

9. Ecology of Infectious Diseases.

10. Development of novel methods to control Zika virus and Chikungunya virus transmission.