Diversity, ecology, distribution, ecology, cytogenetics of blackflies
Digital image processing, digital signal processing, data mining, pattern recognition, and machine learning.
Culicoides midges and virus transmission
Application of expertise in vector biology and ecology, medical entomology and parasitology and molecular genetic tools for assessments of parasitological responses and for monitoring drug efficacy against parasitic nematodes in order to achieve control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The use of molecular diagnostic tools and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for improved and efficient diagnosis, surveillance and monitoring of infectious disease agents.
Vector-pathogen interactions: Development of techniques for vector competence studies; Evaluation of extrinsic parameter affecting vector competence (eg. temperature); Rapid pathogen detection technique with field application;
Ecology of vectors: Temperature preference for vector lifespan; characterization of breeding sites; Host preference and potential wild animal reservoirs for pathogen transmission.
Culicoides spp. of North America
vector biology, pathogen-vector interaction, vector competence, blood digestion, saliva of blood sucking insects, Leishmania development in-sand flies, molecular taxonomy of sand flies