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Center for Disease Vector Research

Within the U.S., insect-vectored diseases regularly threaten the agricultural industry, while in developing countries around the world generations of families struggle to survive the devastating effects of mosquito-born illnesses such as malaria and yellow fever.

In the fight to protect and sustain human life, the CDVR brings together diverse faculty with a range of expertise to offer new and innovative approaches to the study and control of insect-born disease.  Established in 2005 as part of the UCR Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB), the CDVR incorporates the most rapidly developing areas of biological research, such as genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and systems-based approaches into vector biology research.

Under the direction of Dr. Peter Atkinson, CDVR faculty collaborate on the use of genomics in understanding the DNA sequences of mosquito species and pathogenic bacterial transmitted by plant pests.  

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Featured Faculty
Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson
Professor of Entomology
Center Director
Research focus: Insect Vector Control
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Annand Ray Anand Ray
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Research focus: Insect Odor Receptors
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Alexander Raikhel Alexander Raikhel
Distinguished Professor of Entomology
Research focus: Malaria; Mosquito-borne Viruses
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