University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Insects and Human Health

Several of the research programs in our department are currently investigating insects that can transmit diseases or that otherwise threaten public health. Read more about each program below.

Public Health Entomology Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Dr. Grayson Brown

sandflyDr. Brown's laboratory investigates new ways to control and monitor insects that are of concern to public health officials. Currently, the laboratory focuses primarily on mosquitoes and sand flies, and the diseases they vector. This research is conducted in collaboration with public health agencies and private corporations. Visit the Public Entomology Laboratory homepage for more information.

 

Contact:
  • Dr. Grayson C. Brown | Homepage
  • University of Kentucky
    Department of Entomology
    S-225 Agricultural Science Center North
    Lexington, KY 40546-0091
    859.257.3148 Office
    859.323.1120 Fax
  • Email: gcbrown147@gmail.com

 

Mosquito Biology and Control

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen L. Dobson

wolbachia infected cellsThe Dobson laboratory focuses on Wolbachia, a naturally-occuring genus of bacteria that infects mosquitoes and other insects. Because Wolbachia can manipulate reproduction in its host, the Dobson laboratory is studying ways to modify mosquito populations by selectively infecting them with Wolbachia. Visit the Dobson Laboratory homepage for more information.

 

Contact:
  • Dr. Stephen L. Dobson | Homepage
  • Mailing Address:
    University of Kentucky
    Department of Entomology
    S-225 Agricultural Science Center North
    Lexington, KY 40546-0091
    (859) 257-4902 Office
    (859) 257-5117 Lab
    (859) 323-1120 Fax
  • Email: sdobson@email.uky.edu
  • Office Location:
    S307D Agricultural Science Center North

 

Bed Bug Focus Group

Principal Investigators: Dr. Mike Potter, Dr. Kenneth Haynes, and Dr. Reddy Palli

wolbachia infected cellsIn recent years, bed bugs have made a comeback, with pesticide-resistant populations of the pests showing up in urban areas all over the United States. A team of University of Kentucky researchers are working to improve understanding of bed bug behavior and biology, and to devise better means to control this important biting insect.

 

Contact:
  • Mailing Address:
    University of Kentucky
    Department of Entomology
    S-225 Agricultural Science Center North
    Lexington, KY 40546-0091
    (859) 257-5955 Office
    (859) 323-1120 Fax
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