Dengue Expert Kathryn Hanley to Discuss 'Fevers from the Forest'
Kathryn "Kathy" Hanley.
DAVIS--Kathryn “Kathy” Hanley, associate professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, will speak on “Fevers from the Forest: Dynamics of Sylvatic Dengue Virus and Chikungunya Virus in their Primate Hosts and Mosquito Vectors in Southeastern Senegal " at the next UC Davis Department of Entomology Seminar.
It is set from 12:10 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 in 122 Briggs Hall. Host is Tom Scott, professor of entomology.
The Hanley lab investigates the molecular biology, evolution and ecology of emerging RNA viruses like dengue and influenza, with the goal of using this basic knowledge to design better methods to control the spread of these dangerous pathogens.
Mosquito-borne dengue virus exists in two ecologically and evolutionarily distinct transmission cycles: an ancestral sylvatic cycle in which the virus is transmitted between non-human primates and arboreal Aedes, and a derived human cycle in which the virus is transmitted by domestic and peridomestic Aedes, primarily Ae. aegypti. This seminar will present current research on the evolutionary and ecological factors that promote, and constrain, the emergence of sylvatic dengue virus into transmission among humans.
Kathryn Hanley says she is a proud native of New Jersey, and "yes, I stands by that statement." She received her bachelor of arts from Amherst College where she majored in biology and minored in English poetry. After graduating magna cum laude, she entered a Ph.D. program at UC San Diego. Her dissertation research on host-parasite interactions in parthenogenetic lizard species involved fieldwork across the islands of the South Pacific.
She received her Ph.D in biology in 1994, and subsequently conducted post-doctoral research at UC Davis, the University of Maryland and the National Institutes of Health. It was at the latter institution that she initiated her investigation of the emergence and control of dengue virus that remains the focus of her research today. She joined New Mexico State University as an assistant professor of biology in 2004 and was promoted to associate professor in 2010. She is currently on sabbatical leave and is working with the Tom Scott lab in the UC Davis Department of Entomology.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology