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Kenneth E. Olson


 Olson Laboratory Information


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

Office: 1692 Campus Delivery, AIDL, Foothills Campus
Phone: (970) 491-8604

Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
M.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
B.S., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC


​About Dr. Kenneth E. Olson

I am a Professor of Virology (MIP) and former Director of the AIDL. Each ongoing research activity has been supported by grants as part of our internationally recognized research unit.

Research Activities During the Last Five Years Includes:

  • Development of arboviral disease models in small animals
  • Development of antiviral- and immuno-therapies for arboviruses
  • Molecular studies of arbovirus-vector interactions
  • Vector population genetics and evolution
  • Mosquito transgenesis
  • Development and use of alphavirus expression systems for use in vectors
  • Bioluminescent Imaging of arboviral infection in animal models

Major funding sources include National Institutes of Health and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. My lab studies arthropod-borne virus-mosquito interactions, particularly those involved with the RNAi pathway. A major research project in my laboratory is the development of novel mosquitocides delivered by nanoparticles. My lab has also developed genetically modified mosquitoes that are refractory to specific arboviruses based on the RNAi pathway. My lab routinely works with Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles species of mosquitoes infected with BSL2 and BSL3 arboviruses. We have also developed rapid detection systems for analyzing (in real time) alphavirus infections of animal models. Finally, my lab We have provided training for both US and foreign investigators in the use of arboviral pathogens in the mosquito vector.

Other Notable Achievements Includes:

  • Authored, co-author-32 peer-reviewed publications since 2009 (over 100 total)
  • Co-author- six book chapters
  • Coordinator 2009, 2011, 2013 MIP636/Mechanisms of viral infection and disease
  • Funded grants (2009-2014): $4.4 million as PI (or project PI); $1.7 million as Co-Investigator
  • Since 2010, speaker at 15 national meetings and four international meetings
  • Elected member of the executive council, American Committee for Arbovirology
  • Panel member NIH/NIAID Vector Biology study section (2010-2014)
  • PLoS NTD Associate Editor
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for approximately 10 journals
  • Last five years, graduate student advisees: 10 (four as major advisor)
  • Last five years, graduated GRAs (major advisor) Ph.D.: two
  • Chair of three MIP Faculty Search Committees (2010-2012)
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