Northeast Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD)

Location: Cornell University

Funded through December 2021

Key VBD Issues

Two persons wearing personal protective gear observing a mosquito dip in the woods.

Northeast COE Vector Bootcamp participants collect and examine a mosquito larvae.

  • Tickborne diseases in urban areas
  • Range expansion of multiple tick species
  • Emerging VBDs: Eastern equine encephalitis

By the Numbers

  • 1,180 professionals and students trained
  • 80% of people attending Vector Biology Boot Camps were able to apply what they learned
  • 55 insecticide resistance kits sent to regional programs

Regional Resources

Up close photo of ticks in a collection tube.

Ticks collected at a Northeast COE field training.

  • Regional Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Program
  • Digital archive of education and communication resources for prevention of VBDs
  • Online and in-person professional development and networking for regional partners
  • Fact sheets and information on mosquitoes and ticks of regional importance


  • Determining pesticide use in the Northeast and monitoring susceptibility of mosquitoes and ticks to those products
  • Examining biology, behavior, and expanding ranges of invasive ticks and mosquitoes
  • Understanding how personal behaviors, such as using insect repellent, help prevent tickborne diseases
  • Evaluating the impact of climate change on mosquito and tick biology and spread of pathogens

Major Collaborators

  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Rutgers University
  • Louis Calder Center, Fordham University

For More Information

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