Center Subgroups


Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

The Steering Committee has divided the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases (WGCVBD) into four subgroups in order to facilitate communication and interaction among projects and goals. Membership in each group is as inclusive as possible across the municipal and state public health and academic institutions.

The groups organize face-to-face and virtual meetings several times a year to discuss the topics under their purview and group leaders reach out to all Center members with potential interests in their activities. WGCVBD leadership recognizes that the value of the Center depends on maximizing interactions among institutions, so member participation in one or more groups is considered a critical priority.


Group 1: Mosquito Surveillance and Control
Leaders: Chris Vitek and Gabe Hamer

This group includes research projects 1 (Impact of Insecticide Resistance on Vector Control), 2 (Evaluation of Vector Interventions), 7 (Predictive Models for the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Temperate Climates), and 8 (Symbiotic Bacterial Delivery of RNA Interference to Mosquitoes to Inhibit Diverse Arbovirus Transmission), as well as activities in education and outreach related to those topics.


Group 2: Diagnostics
Leaders: Bruno Travi and Richard Willson

This group includes research projects 4 (Rapid Point of Care Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for Emerging), 5 (Innovative, High-Throughput Multiplex Neutralization Assay for Arbovirus Diagnosis Arboviruses), and 6 (Ultrasensitive Antibody and Antigen Detection for Human Ehrlichiosis), as well as activities in education and outreach related to these topics.


Group 3: Tick-Borne Disease Surveillance and Control
Leaders: Pete Teel and Saravanan Thangamani

This group includes research project 3 (Surveillance for Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens), as well as activities in education and outreach related to these topics.


Group 4: Education and Outreach
Leaders: Sonja Swiger and Craig Coates