UTMB Courses


Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

Goal: Train the next generation of public health entomologists capable of rapidly detecting and responding to VBD outbreaks on the Gulf Coast and other regions of the U.S.


Certificate Course in Arbovirology, Rickettsiology and Arthropod Containment October 7- 18, 2019University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

Course Coordinators: Donald Bouyer and Nikos Vasilakis
Contributing Faculty: Nikos Vasilakis, Donald Bouyer, Saravanan Thangamani, and Lucas Blanton

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Theory Modules
  • Arbovirology
  • Rickettsiology
  • Arthropod Biosafety
Practicum Modules
  • Mock experiments with mosquito and tick-borne viruses, and tick-borne rickettsia
  • Vector (mosquito and tick) manipulation in containment laboratories
  • Vector (mosquito and tick) competency and transmission analysis
Additional Information

Prerequisite: BS in Biological Sciences
Selection Criteria: Letters of reference (3), relevant experience, CV, and letter of justification from the candidate
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2019
For More Information & Application Submission: Email Dr. Donald Bouyer.

No CHARGE for the course
Accommodations will be provided