Durland Fish, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Microbial Diseases and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

Babesia; Babesiosis; Borrelia; Chikungunya virus; Climate; Epidemiology; Biological Evolution; Insect Vectors; Lyme Disease; Parasitology; Public Health; Ticks; Global Health; Evolution, Planetary; Climate Change

Public Health Interests

Lyme Disease; Parasitology; Tropical Diseases; Viruses

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases: Vector-borne | Parasitology Program | Vector Ecology Lab | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Global Health Initiative

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Professor Fish’s area of research interest is the ecology of vector-borne pathogens. Recent emphasis has been on tick-borne pathogens causing Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis, and on mosquito-borne West Nile virus and dengue fever. Current projects include experimental manipulation of natural transmission cycles, vaccination of wildlife reservoirs against vectors and vector-borne pathogens, interactions among multiple pathogens in vectors and hosts, vector competence for viral and bacterial pathogens, and pathogen population genetics. Spatial analysis of pathogen prevalence using satellite imagery and geographic information systems forms the basis for applied studies in landscape epidemiology. His laboratory maintains colonies of ticks and mosquitoes for experimental studies, and a network of field sites is available for ecological studies. Prof. Fish is Director of the Yale Center for EcoEpidemiology, an interdisciplinary center that seeks to integrate environmental science and ecology with medical epidemiology. He is also on the Steering Committee of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute where he coordinates campus wide research on climate and human health.

Specialized Terms: Vector-borne diseases; ecology; evolution; epidemiology; prevention; climate change; borrelia; babesia; ticks; mosquitoes

Extensive Research Description

Professor Fish's research interests are in the areas of ecology and prevention of vector-borne infectious diseases. Recent emphasis has been on tick-borne pathogens causing Lyme disease and human ehrlichiosis in the northeastern U.S. Current projects include natural and artificial regulation of vector populations, vector competence for viral and bacterial pathogens, co-infection and transmissions of multiple pathogens, geographic and spatial analysis of epidemiological data, and the use of satellite imagery to predict vector-borne disease risk.

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Contact Info

Durland Fish, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 214

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

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