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Douglas E. Norris, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E3628
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Colorado State University, 1997
MS, North Carolina State University, 1993
BS, North Carolina State University, 1990


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 and Zika in South America. We are also working on novel surveillance technologies for vector-borne pathogens.

Honors and Awards

2013-2014          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
  • Zika

Our publications represent the work conducted in the laboratory, so tend to be quite varied. Below are five of our most recent research publications.

  • (Selected papers) Das, S, M Muleba, JC Stevenson, and DE Norris for the Southern Africa ICEMR Team. 2016. Habitat partitioning of malaria vectors in Nchelenge District, Zambia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 94(6): 1234-1244. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.15-0735 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27001755.
  • Henning, TC, JM Orr, JD Smith, JR Arias, JL Rasgon and DE Norris. 2016. Discovery of filarial nematode DNA in Amblyomma americanum in Northern Virginia. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 7(2): 315-18. doi: 10.1016/j.ttdis.2015.11.007. PMID: 26707835.
  • Pinchoff, J, H Hamapumbu, T Kobayashi, L Simubali, JC Stevenson, DE Norris, E Colantuoni, PE Thuma and WJ Moss for the Southern Africa International Centers of Excellence for Malaria. 2015. Factors associated with sustained LLIN use following a reduction in malaria transmission in Southern Zambia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 93(5): 954-60. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0093. PMID: 26324729.
  • Norris, LC, and DE Norris. 2015. Phylogeny of anopheline (Diptera: Culicidae) species in Southern Africa, based upon nuclear and mitochondrial genes. Journal of Vector Ecology. 40(1): 16-27. PMID: 26047180.
  • Stevenson, JC, L Simubali, S Mbambara, M Musonda, S Mweetwa, T Mudenda, JC Pringle, CM Jones, and DE Norris for the Southern Africa ICEMR Team. 2016. Detection of Plasmodium falciparum infection in Anopheles squamosus in an area targeted for malaria elimination, Southern Zambia. Journal of Medical Entomology (in press May 2016)