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John Beier, Sc.D, B.A

Dr. Beier’s research examines the ecology, epidemiology, and control of vector-borne diseases, including malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, and leishmaniasis. His interdisciplinary research involves a network of U.S. and international collaborators, and addresses major issues central to our understanding and control of vector-borne diseases on a global scale. He has published 225 peer-reviewed papers and is ranked by BiomedExperts as #1 for Anopheles mosquitoes and #2 for Insect Vectors. He serves as Editor and Reviews Editor for Acta Tropica, an international journal devoted to tropical diseases affecting humans and animals. His international research has been supported by NIH, NSF, WHO, and DOD. Current support includes: National Institutes of General Medical Sciences R01 on how environmental changes affect the risk of vector-borne diseases in Egypt; and National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, International Centers for Excellence in Malaria Research (ICEMR) project on malaria in non-Amazonian regions of Latin America (Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru) (subcontract to UM). He has helped develop the global framework for Integrated Vector Management (IVM) (a strategy for control of all insects involved with pathogen transmission) which is now being promoted by the World Health Organization as the leading “best practices” strategy for tackling vector-borne disease problems. In summary, Dr. Beier is committed to solving ecologically complex problems of vector-borne diseases that affect millions of people on a global scale and training the next generation of disease control specialists.