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Effect of Arthropod Blood Feeding on Infectious Diseases

NIAID supports a wide range of vector-related research, including activities to better understand the process of transmission of pathogens via arthropod vectors. As part of this effort, NIAID brings together investigators from the fields of vector biology, parasite immunology, and human immunology to dissect the complex process of pathogen transmission from the perspective of the human host, the arthropod vector, and the pathogen.

Areas of interest include

  • How vector-derived factors in saliva imp​act the transmission of vector-borne pathogens to humans (effect on the pathogen and pathogenesis and on the human immune system, especially dermal immune cells)
  • Effect of human (vertebrate) immune factors ingested with the blood meal on the pathogen and on mosquito biology (survival/fertility)
  • Effect of vector immune response on the pathogen, its transmission and pathogenesis in the vertebrate host
  • Emphasis on basic research and translational research (i.e., vaccine development)


See examples of select articles of interest to the vector immunology research community. This list will be updated regularly and is limited to articles published by NIAID scientists and National Institutes of Health-funded researchers.



Last Updated February 19, 2016