Chief of the DPDM Entomology Branch: Robert Wirtz, PhD
Robert Wirtz, PhD directs branch activities to reduce the threat of arthropod-borne diseases to humans, with a focus on controlling the vectors of malaria, lymphatic filariasis, and Chagas disease; preventing insecticide resistance; analyzing insecticides and anti-malaria drugs for quality-assurance; and evaluating and implementing long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLIN) and indoor residual spray (IRS) programs.
Dr. Wirtz also coordinates technical assistance and oversight for vector control in more than 31 African, Latin American–Caribbean, and Asian countries in support of the President’s (PMI) and Amazon Malaria Initiatives. In addition, Dr. Wirtz oversees the Malaria Research and Reference Reagent Repository and three World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers, and coordinates public health entomology among the CDC, US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Departments of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Agriculture (USDA), the WHO/PAHO, and other organizations.
Dr. Wirtz also consults and instructs NGOs and ministries of health in countries all over the world for DOD, International Irrigation Management Institute, NAS, PAHO, Global Fund, USAID, and WHO regarding using diagnostic tests in entomological research. He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology, and his master’s degree and PhD in entomology from Kansas State University.