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William Black


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Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Office: 100 Infectious Disease Annex, Fooothills Campus
Phone: (970) 491-1081

Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, IA
M.S., Duke University, Durham, NC
B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

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About Dr. Black

Dr. Black's laboratory works on the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the primary vector to humans of the virus that causes dengue fever. Aedes aegypti also transmits to people the viruses that cause yellow fever and chikungunya. We study two aspects of the mosquito. First, we know that Ae. aegypti populations around the world differ in their ability to transmit dengue and yellow fever viruses. Some populations of mosquitoes are very susceptible to viral infection and are therefore very good at transmitting the viruses to people. Other populations don’t become easily infected by the virus and are therefore poor at transmitting virus to people. We are trying to identify the genes that determine why one population is susceptible to infection while other populations are resistant. Second, there are currently no vaccines to prevent people from becoming infected by dengue viruses and there are no drugs with which to treat infected people. This means that if an outbreak of dengue occurs, our only means of suppressing the outbreak will be through the use of insecticides. Unfortunately, Ae. aegypti populations have become resistant to most available insecticides. Our goal has been to identify genes in Ae. aegypti that enable it to survive applications of insecticides. This will help public health workers as to which insecticides to use in the event of a dengue fever, yellow fever or chikungunya outbreak.

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