Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Vectorborne Diseases
- West Nile
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Roger S. Nasci, PhD
Chief, Arboviral Diseases Branch
Roger S. Nasci, PhD, serves as Chief of the Arboviral Diseases Branch in the Division of Vector-Borne diseases. He is responsible for coordinating CDC's activities involving arthropod-transmitted viruses such as West Nile, yellow fever, La Crosse, eastern equine encephalitis, and Chikungunya. The Arboviral Diseases Branch maintains a multi-faceted program that includes epidemiology and diagnostic testing; basic research into virology, transmission ecology and mosquito control; and provides outbreak and emergency response assistance to domestic and international health agencies.
Dr. Nasci began his career at CDC as a research entomologist in 1991. He served as Chief of the Ecology and Entomology Section before becoming Arboviral Diseases Branch Chief in 2006. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Nasci was an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Dr. Nasci received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in zoology and microbiology at Ohio University and his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and was an NIH post-doctoral research associate in the Vector Biology Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Nasci has authored and coauthored more than 90 scientific publications, has received several awards for his work in public health and service to professional organizations, and has served on numerous professional boards and committees, including president of the American Mosquito Control Association.
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