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Eric Chambers

Assistant Professor
Biology
Valdosta State University
Georgia

Eric Chambers

Biography

Dr. Eric Chambers is currently working as a Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, Valdosta State University , Georgia. His research interests includes Parasites, infectious diseases. He is serving as an editorial member and reviewer of several international reputed journals. Dr. Eric Chambers is the member of many international affiliations. He has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities. He has authored of many research articles/books related to Parasites, infectious diseases.

Research Interest

Mosquito phenotypes associated with vector competence as well as phenotypes for other behaviors can play an important role in disease transmission. My lab is interested in developing genetic markers and tools for mosquitoes with the goal of identifying the genetic determinants of vector competence. Identifying genes associated with vector competence as well as those for other mosquito phenotypes, could allow for the development of novel methods of vector control that would lead to decreased disease transmission and the alleviation of human suffering. Research in my lab is focused on lymphatic filariasis (LF), a mosquito-transmitted disease caused by infection with nematode filarial worms. This disease is highly disfiguring and one of the leading causes of disability in the developing world. I also have plans to expand my work to newly emerging arboviruses (Dengue, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus) that threaten the many island nations and territories of the Pacific. Finally, I have an interest in developing novel methods of vector control based upon the exploitation of mosquito behaviors. Some mosquitoes show marked visual and/or olfactory preferences when searching for hosts or resting sites. The development of traps and targets based upon such preferences could play a role in disease transmission. My lab has the goal of developing such chemical-based tools using an integrated approach of laboratory and field studies.

Publications

  • Mladonicky J, King JD, Liang JL, Chambers EW, Schmaedick MA, Burkot TR, Bradley M, Lammie PJ. 2009. Assessing transmission of lymphatic filariasis using parasitologic, serologic and entomologic tools following mass drug administration in American Samoa. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 80:769-773.

  • Licitra B, Chambers EW Kelly R, Burkot TR. 2010. Detection of Dirofilaria immitis (Nematoda: Filarioidea) by Polymerase Chain Reactionin Aedes albopictus, Anopheles punctipennis and Anopheles crucians (Diptera: Culicidae) from Georgia, USA. Journal of Medical Entomology 47:634-638.

  • Chambers EW, Hapairai L, Peel BA, Bossin H, Dobson SL. 2011. Male Mating Competitiveness of a Wolbachia–Introgressed Aedes polynesiensis strain under Semi-Field Conditions. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 5(8): e1271.

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