Lyme disease is a serious tick-borne illness of humans that is endemic to the northeastern United States. The tick species that transmits Lyme-causing bacteria can also transmit a variety of other debilitating pathogenic agents, thereby constituting a major public health concern.  My research focuses primarily upon preventing Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections in Connecticut and throughout the northeastern United States. 

Connecticut has the second highest incidence of Lyme disease nationally, and cases of other tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in this state. The majority of my recent research efforts have been focused on preventing Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in tick-endemic regions of Connecticut.  My main research activities focus specifically upon how individuals can protect themselves from tickborne illnesses, either via personal actions or by manipulating the environment. 

Some ongoing projects:

Lyme disease and Other Tickborne Diseases Prevention Study (LTDPS)

  • Monitoring blacklegged tick populations in Fairfield County, CT.


  • Evaluating the effect of backyard chicken flocks on tick abundance.

  • Identifying barriers to using tick-borne diseases amongst health-seeking individuals in tick-endemic Connecticut.
      • See the poster presented by student Jennifer Reid (HPX '13) at the 13th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in 2013.


    My research is funded by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from the University of Rhode Island Center for Vector-Borne Diseases, and by Connecticut State University/American Association of University Professors Faculty Research Grants.

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