Dr. Susan Paskewitz
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Entomology
Susan Paskewitz (Director) is an expert on the biology and control of mosquitoes and ticks that transmit human and animal diseases including malaria, West Nile Virus, and Lyme disease. She and her lab conduct research and outreach to the general public with a focus on the development of pest control methods that are as effective as possible while minimizing impact on the environment in general. She is the Chair of the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison and teaches courses in medical entomology, insect pest suppression, and global health.
Dr. Lyric Bartholomay
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON
School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiological Sciences
Lyric Bartholomay (Director) is a vector biologist with interest in disease agents that include nematode parasites and arboviruses. She and her lab are studying mosquito-pathogen interactions with an emphasis on innate immunity in the mosquito host and are working to translate that knowledge into novel mosquito control methods. They are also interested in understanding when and where mosquitoes are present across the Midwest, and which of those mosquitoes present a risk to human and animal health. She teaches parasitology at UW. She’s also part of the Urban Ecosystem Project at Iowa State University where she is part of a team that teaches mosquito biology to elementary students and their families.
Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Disease, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Danielle Smith works as MCE-VBD’s Center Coordinator, helping coordinate Center partners in five states, manage communications and administrative needs for the Center, and track the Center's progress in addressing vector-borne disease challenges. She has a Master of Public Health degree from UW-Madison, completed with an emphasis on public health leadership and collaborative change. Prior to joining MCE-VBD, she worked as a Research Specialist for the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) within the UW- Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bieneke Bron is a young scientist focused on the ecology of zoonotic vector-borne diseases with a passion for wildlife. She is a veterinarian from the Netherlands and recently completed her PhD at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center as a student of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her thesis focused on the ecology of plague in the western U.S., a disease primarily transmitted by fleas, and assessed the possible impact of the prairie dog oral sylvatic plague vaccine on non-target rodents, mice. In 2017, she started a post-doctoral appointment at the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne diseases where she primarily works on tick-borne diseases in Wisconsin and in particular the risk of human tick encounters in the urban, suburban and rural backyard, where ticks are brought in by wildlife.
Feel free to contact her with questions related to fleas, disease dynamics, or The Tick App.
Brad Tucker is a research specialist who started with the MCE-VBD in June of 2017. In 2002, Brad joined the laboratory of Dr. Wayne Rowley at Iowa State University just as the epidemic of West Nile virus was hitting the central United States. He continued on at Iowa State after Dr. Rowley retired, working with Drs. Ken Platt and Lyric Bartholomay. In addition to spearheading statewide surveillance for mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease, Brad played a key role in research exploring vector competence of nuisance Aedes species and the role of small mammals in WNV Epizootiology. Prior to joining the Center, Brad worked for a private pest control operator in Minnesota.