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Douglas E. Norris, PhD

Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E3628
Baltimore , Maryland   21205
US        

410-614-2710
410-955-0105

Personal website : http://malaria.jhsph.edu/people/faculty/douglas_norris/

SciVal Experts Research Profile

Education

PhD , Colorado State University , 1997
MS , North Carolina State University , 1993

Overview

Arthropod-borne diseases are responsible for enormous amounts of morbidity and mortality world-wide. Research in my laboratory is focused on genetic diversity within, and the genetic structuring of, arthropod and arthropod-borne pathogen populations. This research helps identify which arthropod populations may be important for disease transmission and which pathogen populations may be responsible for causing disease. The genetic information gathered in these studies also aids in the understanding of the evolution and genetic constraints of these vector-pathogen systems and may provide insight into how these cycles of disease may be disrupted. Current research activities in the laboratory are focused on malaria in Southern Africa, Lyme disease, Rickettsia-like and other tick-borne bacteria in the Eastern United States, and dengue in South America.

Honors and Awards

2013-Present       President of the Society for Vector Ecology

2010-2011          President, Medical, Urban and Veterinary Entomology (previously Structural, Veterinary, and Public Health Systems) Section of the Entomological Society of America

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, vector biology, entomology, population genetics, arthropod genetics, Lyme Disease, malaria, West Nile Virus, biodiversity, tick, mosquito, Rickettsia, dengue

  • (Selected papers)

    Henning, T.C., J.M. Orr, J.D. Smith, J.R. Arias, and D.E. Norris.  Detection of Rickettsia parkeri in Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, and Dermacentor variabilis in the Mid-Atlantic. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases. (in press Jan 2014)

  • Norris, L.C., and D.E. Norris. 2013. Heterogeneity and changes in inequality of malaria risk after the introduction of insecticide-treated bed nets in Macha, Zambia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 88(4): 710-717. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.11-0595. PMID: 23382169.

  • Alam, Md.S., W.A. Khan, S. Chakma, G.E. Glass, Md.A.N. Mohon, A.E.M.R. Elahi, R. Haque, D.A. Sack, D.J. Sullivan and D.E. Norris. 2012. Diversity of anopheline species and their Plasmodium infection status in rural Bandarban, Bangladesh. Parasites and Vectors. 5(1): 150. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-150. PMID: 22839212. PMC3419674.

  • Fornadel, C.M., J.D. Smith, S.E. Zawada, J.R. Arias and D.E. Norris. 2013. Detection of Rickettsia massiliae in Rhipicephalus sanguineus from the Eastern United States. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 13(1): 67-69. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2012.1058. PMID: 23199270.

  • Lee, Y., S. Seifert, C.M. Fornadel, D.E. Norris and G.C. Lanzaro. 2012. Single nucleotide polymorphisms for high-throughput genotyping of Anopheles arabiensis in East and Southern Africa. Journal of Medical Entomology. 49(2): 307-315. PMID: 22493848.