UC Davis

Training Program in the Biology of Disease Vectors

Recognizing the need to curb the spread of vectorborne diseases, the University of California at Davis has approved a Designated Emphasis in the Biology of Vectorborne Diseases, the goal of which is to train graduate and postgraduate fellows in the biology of vectorborne viral, bacterial, and parasitic agents of human and animal diseases and their arthropod vectors. This grant Training Program in the Biology of Disease Vectors focuses on training pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars in the biology of arthropod vectors of human and animal diseases.

Funding Opportunities

At present, one funding opportunity is available.


Curriculum requirements for students admitted to DEBVD program will include the required course, PHR 214 or ENT 214 Changing Patterns of Vector-borne Infections, and 2 elective courses/seminars from a list of approvded courses (found below) in vector-borne disease biology as approved by the Executive Committee. Courses may not be repeated for credit.


College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Affiliated Faculty

UC Davis medical entomologist Anthony Cornel collecting mosquitoes. Affiliated Ph.D. programs are in italics:


By-Laws and Other Resources

The DE shall be governed by bylaws that will be used to direct the administration of the DE, and define the requirements for both student and faculty participation in the program. The bylaws were prepared as outlined in the Bylaws Guidelines for Graduate Programs – Departmentally based Graduate Programs, Graduate Groups and Designated Emphasis Programs.


In order to initiate the DE on Biology of Vector-borne Diseases no additional resources are required since participating faculty are currently responsible for curricular requirements:

Students in Program

One of the designated emphasis students is Nicole Mans, recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, who is doing research in Peru.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)The Center for Vectorborne Diseases is the administrative home for the Designated Emphasis in Vector-Borne Diseases (DEVBD).

Student Advising

Each student’s academic progress will be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee. This evaluation will include a short interview/discussion with each student in the presence of all the members of the Executive Committee.


Admissions Criteria

Prior to taking the Ph.D. qualifying examination of his/her degree program, a graduate student in good standing in a relevant affiliated program must declare an interest in the DEBVD program and be admitted by unanimous decision of the Executive Committee. Specific criteria to determine whether students will be admitted to the DE include:


Designated Emphasis in Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases (DEBVBD)

The Center for Vectorborne Diseases is the administrative home for the Designated Emphasis in Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases (DEBVBD). It is an intergraduate group program that allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of vector-borne diseases. Chaired by UC Davis Professor Shirley Luckhart, the DEBVBD includes training in the biology of both the vectors and the pathogens.