Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Disease, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1656 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
608-265-4741
mcevbd@wisc.edu

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.

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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.

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Robin Mittenthal

Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Disease, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robin (Center Coordinator) studied biology and Chinese at Carleton College in Minnesota before serving as an agricultural advisor with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa, in the mid 1990s, Robin returned to the US and worked as a farmhand and manager on both conventional and organic farms in several states. He has M.S. degrees in Nutrition (Tufts University) and Library and Information Science (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), and completed most but not all of a PhD in entomology at UW-Madison. He has worked with K-12 students as both a librarian and teacher and spent six years helping college students complete a minor in public health before joining the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease. In the center, it's Robin's job to coordinate center partners in five states, manage communications with anyone interested in the center, and track the center's progress in addressing vector-borne disease challenges. Have a question about what the center does? Please contact Robin!

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