Kading Lab

Our lab, of the Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases (CVID), studies the ecology and transmission dynamics of vector-borne pathogens, particularly emerging arboviruses. A multitude of factors influence the enzootic circulation of arboviruses and their potential for introduction and establishment in new geographic areas. We are interested in understanding the natural, sylvatic circulation of arboviruses in endemic areas, how an arbovirus might become established in vector and host populations in new geographic areas, and entomological risk factors surrounding such introductions.

To this end, our field and laboratory studies are focused on evaluation of the biological capacity of different mosquito species and populations to support virus replication and serve as efficient vectors, potential mechanisms for virus maintenance in mosquito populations, and the how the interactions of a mosquito species with competent vertebrate amplifying hosts over space and time may influence epizootic virus activity. In addition to these entomological studies, we have an ongoing project to investigate the potential role of bats as arbovirus reservoirs and a source of emerging arboviruses. The Kading lab is also a part of the Rockies and High Plains Vector-borne Diseases Center, a regional training and evaluation center funded by the CDC

research project

Potential of North American mosquitoes to transmit and maintain Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV)

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research project

Ecology, Epidemiology, and Biosurveillance for emerging viral pathogens of Ugandan bats

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research project

Surveillance of Mosquito and Arbovirus Dispersal Using Smart Microcrystals

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research project

Transstadial inhibition of Rift Valley Fever virus infection in Ae. aegypti mosquitoes

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Intrinsic factors driving mosquito vector competence and viral evolution: a review.
Lewis J, Gallichotte EN, Randall J, Glass A, Foy BD, Ebel GD, Kading RC. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2023 Dec 21;13:1330600. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2023.1330600. eCollection 2023. PMID: 38188633

On the origin and evolution of the mosquito male-determining factor Nix.
Biedler JK, Aryan A, Qi Y, Wang A, Martinson EO, Hartman DA, Yang F, Sharma A, Morton KS, Potters M, Chen C, Dobson SL, Ebel GD, Kading RC, Paulson S, Xue RD, Strand MR, Tu Z. Mol Biol Evol. 2023 Dec 21:msad276. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msad276. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38128148

Dishevelled Has Anti-Viral Activity in Rift Valley Fever Virus Infected Aedes aegypti.
Smith CB, Hodges NF, Kading RC, Campbell CL. Viruses. 2023 Oct 24;15(11):2140. doi: 10.3390/v15112140. PMID: 38005818

Micro‒Global Positioning Systems for Identifying Nightly Opportunities for Marburg Virus Spillover to Humans by Egyptian Rousette Bats.
Amman BR, Schuh AJ, Akurut G, Kamugisha K, Namanya D, Sealy TK, Graziano JC, Enyel E, Wright EA, Balinandi S, Lutwama JJ, Kading RC, Atimnedi P, Towner JS. Emerg Infect Dis. 2023 Nov;29(11):2238-2245. doi: 10.3201/eid2911.230362. PMID: 37877537

Bartonella Infection in Fruit Bats and Bat Flies, Bangladesh.
Fagre AC, Islam A, Reeves WK, Kading RC, Plowright RK, Gurley ES, McKee CD. Microb Ecol. 2023 Nov;86(4):2910-2922. doi: 10.1007/s00248-023-02293-9. Epub 2023 Sep 1. PMID: 37656196

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Rebekah Kading, Ph.D.

Lab Principal Investigator [PI]
Assistant Professor

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