Rebekah C. Kading, PhD

Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

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Personal Statement:  Dr. Kading obtained her B.S. in Entomology/Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware, M.S. in Entomology from the University of Arkansas, and PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After spending eight years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Vector-borne Diseases, she joined the faculty at Colorado State University where she now runs a research program on medical entomology and emerging arboviruses. Her diverse field and lab research experiences have spanned the ecology and transmission of vector-borne diseases, including studies on the malaria transmission dynamics in southern Zambia, mosquito blood feeding behavior and population genetics, the ecology of West Nile virus (WNV) in Colorado and Guatemala, the effects of mosquito co-infection with WNV and insect-only flaviviruses on the transmission of WNV, and the genetic basis for replication and transmission of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) in mosquitoes. Dr. Kading has been investigating the role of bats in arbovirus transmission cycles since 2010 in partnership with the Uganda Virus Research Institute, the CDC, and Makerere University. These studies have resulted in the discovery and isolation of three new viruses, description of the seroprevalence of arboviruses in Ugandan bats, biosurveillance capacity building, and an ongoing effort to develop an acoustic call library for the insectivorous bats of Uganda. Her laboratory currently has active research projects on bat-associated viruses, Zika virus, RVFV, and developing novel tools for preventing the spread of mosquito-borne viruses. In addition to serving on the steering committee for BOHRN, Dr. Kading serves the scientific community as an Editorial Advisor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and a Program Committee member for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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