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.

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

Sureveillance of Mosquito and Abrovirus 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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Development of a novel droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) assay for quantification of vertebrate host DNA in engorged mosquitoes.

Rice, L., Robb, L., Anderson, J, Kading RC.
2019. Journal of Medical Entomology. In press.

The ecological significance and implications of transovarial transmission among the vector-borne bunyaviruses: a review.

Bergren N and Kading RC.
2018. Insects 9: 173. 9(4). pii: E173. doi: 10.3390/insects9040173.

Continued evidence of decline in the enzootic activity of western equine encephalitis virus in Colorado.

Robb, L., Borland, E. M., Hartman, D., Rice, L., Demaria, J., Bergren, N., Kading, R.
2018. Journal of Medical Entomology. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjy214

Advanced surveillance and preparedness to meet a new era of invasive vectors and emerging vector-borne diseases.

Kading RC, Golnar AJ, Hamer SA, Hamer GL.
2018. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 12(10):e0006761. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006761. eCollection 2018 Oct.

The Mosquitoes of Northwestern Uganda.

Mutebi, J-P, Crabtree M, Kading RC, Powers AM, Mossel EC, Zeidner N, Lutwama JJ, Miller BR.
2018.  J Med Entomol. 2018 May 4;55(3):587-599. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx220.

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Rebekah Kading, Ph.D.

Lab Principal Investigator [PI]
Assistant Professor

Corey Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Emma Harris, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kristy Burkhalter

Graduate Research Assistant

Daniel Hartman

Graduate Research Assistant

Christine Hirt

Graduate Research Assistant

Therese Kondash

Student Researcher

PhD student Dan Hartman loading an agarose gel to identify the blood meals of mosquitoes collected in Tanzania, in collaboration with UC-Davis.

Anna Fagre setting a BG Sentinel Trap in Tanzania, in collaboration with UC-Davis.

The Kading Lab

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Lab: Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases room 130

Office: Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases room 176

(970) 491-7833