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Laboratory of Zoonotic Pathogens

Scientists in the Laboratory of Zoonotic Pathogens (LZP) study diseases that are communicable from animals to humans. They conduct research to delineate the molecular basis of interaction between pathogens and their arthropod vectors, primarily ticks and fleas; define and identify pathogen and vector molecules that contribute to successful completion of pathogen transmission; and conduct research to examine differential gene regulation of pathogens during their transmission cycle in vertebrate hosts. The basic research programs in LZP develop and use molecular genetic tools in conjunction with experimental animal models to study the vector-borne pathogens that cause Lyme diseases, relapsing fever and plague, and the environmental pathogen that causes Leptospirosis.

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Major Areas of Research

  • Fleas, ticks, and other arthropod vectors
  • Interaction between pathogens and vectors
  • Pathogen and vector molecules involved in pathogen transmission
  • Development of genetic tools

Last Updated June 30, 2014