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Douglas E. Norris, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E3628
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute
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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 and Central Africa, Lyme disease, Rickettsia and other tick-borne bacteria in the Eastern United States, and dengue, yellow fever and Zika in South America. We are also working on novel trapping and surveillance technologies for vector-borne pathogens.

Honors and Awards

2019-Present Executive Board, Society for Vector Ecology

2019-Present Executive Council, American Committee on Medical Entomology

2019-Present Editorial Board, Journal of Medical Entomology

2013-2014          President of the Society for Vector Ecology

2010-2011          President, Medical, Urban and Veterinary Entomology Section of the Entomological Society of America

2005-2006 President of the Acarological 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) Drummond, C, ME Gebhardt, MTS Robles, G Carpi, I Hoyer, A Pastusiak, MR Reddy, E Jackson, DE Norris and JM Pipas. 2020. Stability and detection of nucleic acid from viruses and hosts in mosquito blood meals. PLoS One. 15(6): e0231061. PMID: 32525960. PMC7289426.
  • Chaves, BA, ABV Junior, KRD Silveira, ADC Paz, EBDC Vaz, RGP Araujo, NB Rodrigues, TB Campolina, ADS Orfano, R Nacif-Pimenta, LEM Villegas, FF Melo, BM Silva, WM Monteiro, MDGVB Guerra, MVG Lacerda, DE Norris, NFC Secundino, and PFP Pimenta. 2019. Vertical transmission of Zika virus in Amazonian Aedes aegypti delays egg hatching and larval development of progeny. Journal of Medical Entomology. 56(6): 1739-1744. PMID: 31278737.
  • Jones, CM, Y Lee, A Kitchen, T Collier, JC Pringle, M Muleba, S Irish, JC Stevenson, M Coetzee, AJ Cornel, DE Norris and G Carpi for the Southern Africa ICEMR Team. 2018. Complete Anopheles funestus mitogenomes reveal an ancient history of mitochondrial lineages and their distribution in southern and central Africa. Scientific Reports. 8(1): 9054. PMID: 29899497. PMC5997999.
  • Ciubotariu, II, CM Jones, T Kobayashi, T Bobanga, M Muleba, JC Pringle, JC Stevenson, G Carpi, and DE Norris and for the Southern and Central Africa ICEMR Team. 2020. Genetic diversity of Anopheles coustani (Diptera: Culicidae) in malaria transmission foci in southern and central Africa. Journal of Medical Entomology (accepted Jun 2020) PMID: 32614047. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjaa132.
  • Pringle, JC, A Wesolowski, S Berube, T Kobayashi, M Gebhardt, M Mulenga, M Chaponda, T Bobanga, J Juliano, S Meshnick, WJ Moss, G Carpi, and DE Norris. 2019. High Plasmodium falciparum genetic diversity and temporal stability despite control efforts in high transmission settings along the international border between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Malaria Journal. 18(1): 400. PMID: 31801548. PMC6894251.