Biology of Vector-borne Diseases 6-day course

Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases Six-Day Training Course

Our next annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 21-26, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course in Spring 2020.

Registration for the course includes lodging, meals, course materials, and social activities.


Create a knowledge network for a diverse community of practitioners that persists, grows and transforms science, and interventions for plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases.


Stimulate and enhance innovative research, collaborations, teaching, and outreach in plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases through a cutting-edge and interactive annual course delivered by a core community of leading scientists.

This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, new faculty and current professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, cutting edge technology and tools, expertise and resources for U.S. and global vector- borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. We seek to train the next generation of scientists and help working professionals to more effectively address current and emerging threats through a strong network of collaborators and mentors.

This course sets an example of new vision, through leadership of the CHHE, to create an enduring community of participants and instructors to expand the impact and sustainability of these approaches.


  • Gaining a common vocabulary across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases to enable effective communication and transfer of knowledge
  • Understanding the common biology and drivers — and also key distinctions — across plant, animal and human vector- borne diseases
  • Defining what makes a vector and the process of implicating a vector
  • Sharing technology and tools across vector-borne diseases to improve the pipeline of science to translation


  • Shared and distinct components of vector-borne disease cycles
  • Host and pathogen biology and heterogeneity
  • Virulence and resistance mechanisms
  • Disease ecology
  • Global change, re-emergence and emergence of pathogens



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