The Department of Entomology and Nematology and the Department of Plant Pathology are home to the Designated Emphasis in the Biology of Vector-borne Diseases (DEBVBD).
Admissions Criteria

A graduate student in good standing in an affiliated UC Davis graduate program is admitted to the DEBVBD by completing an Application for Designated Emphasis form (GS323) available online through Graduate Studies. The form is also available from the Chair of the DEBVBD, Dr. Shirley Luckhart.

The affiliated graduate programs are: MicrobiologyIntegrative PathobiologyEcologyEntomologyEpidemiology, and Immunology.

Requirements for the DEBVBD

  • Coursework to be completed prior to the Qualifying Exam (QE)
  • A single required course, ENT/PMI 214 (Changing Patterns of Vector-borne Infections) or an approved equivalent course.
  • Examples of acceptable equivalent courses include MMI 215 (Medical Parasitology), VME 158/258 (Infectious Disease in Ecology and Conservation), or ENT 153 (Medical Entomology). Other course substitutions for this required course will be considered by the DEBVBD Chair.
  • Two elective courses or seminars, which can be fulfilled by completing the requirements of their PhD degree programs or as approved by the DEBVBD Chair.
  • For the DEBVBD, the QE committee must include one member, approved by the DEBVBD Chair, to examine the student in general knowledge of the biology of vector-borne diseases and for in depth comprehension of the specialty area of the affiliated graduate program.
  • The dissertation topic will focus on research relevant to vector-borne diseases and the dissertation committee will include at least one DEBVBD faculty member.
  • DEBVBD students will participate in an annual DE research symposium with an oral or poster presentation of his/her research results.
  • Completion of the DEBVBD will be designation as “Ph.D. in X with Emphasis in the Biology of Vector-borne Diseases”, where X is the affiliated graduate program.
A photomicrograph of an Anopheles stephensi midgut with Plasmodium falciparum oocysts

A photomicrograph of an Anopheles stephensi midgut with Plasmodium falciparum oocysts

Student Advising

Academic progress is reviewed annually by the DEBVBD Executive Committee through completion of a survey of student progress on DE requirements. The Chair and faculty members of the Executive Committee will meet with students that need support for timely completion of requirements and are available for consultation on course and QE requirements as well as research questions related to the dissertation emphasis in vector-borne diseases.

Curriculum

Coursework requirements include a single required course, ENT/PMI 214 (Changing Patterns of Vector-borne Infections) or an approved equivalent course.  Examples of acceptable equivalent courses include MMI 215 (Medical Parasitology), VME 158/258 (Infectious Disease in Ecology and Conservation), or ENT 153 (Medical Entomology). Other course substitutions for this required course will be considered by the DEBVBD Chair. Two elective courses or seminars are also required; these can be fulfilled by completing the requirements of their PhD degree programs (see below for examples) or as approved by the DEBVBD Chair.

 

 

 

 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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Right: Cyril Kowo looking for larvae in tree holes. Bottom: mesocosms collection

Department of Entomology and Nematology

  • ENT 153 Medical Entomology
  • ENT 102 Insect Physiology
  • ENT 212 Molecular Biology of Insects and Insect Viruses
  • ENT 253 Advanced Medical Entomology
  • ENT 290 Current Topics in GMO Research Seminar
  • ENT 291N Current topics in Medical Veterinary Entomology Seminar
  • ENT 292N Current topics in Insect Physiology & Behavior Seminar
  • ENT 293N Current topics in Insect Biotechnology & Genomics Seminar

Graduate Group in Ecology

  • ECL 207 Plant Population Biology
  • ECL 208 Issues in Conservation Biology
  • ECL 216 Ecology and Agriculture
  • ECL 231 Mathematical Methods in Population Biology
  • ECL 232 Theoretical Ecology
  • ECL 233 Computational Methods in Population Biology
  • ECL 243 Ecological Genomics
  • ECL 245 Climate Change, Water and Society
  • ECL 262 Advanced Population Dynamics

School of Medicine

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

  • MMI 215 Medical Parasitology
  • MMI 208 Emerging Challenges in Microbiology and Immunology Seminar

Department of Public Health Sciences

  • EPP 101 Perspectives in Community Health
  • EPP 244 Introduction to Medical Statistics
  • EPP 245 Statistical Analysis of Laboratory Data
  • EPP 246 Biostatistics for Clinical Research
  • EPP 247 Biostatistics for Epidemiology
  • EPP 273 Topics in Public Health Seminar
  • EPP 295 International Health Care Seminar

Department of Internal Medicine

  • IDI141 Infectious Diseases of Humans
  • IDI 211 Epidemiology and Prevention of Infectious Diseases
Anthony Cornel (foreground). Photos depicting field work for ongoing USAID PEERS grant “Using geospatial tools to investigate how deforestation affects the transmission of malaria in birds.” October 2015 – September 2018. PI of the grant is Damion Anong (University of Buea) and Anthony Cornel and Ravinder Sehgal are collaborators. Ten students from University of Buea are part of the project.

Anthony Cornel (foreground). Photos depicting field work for ongoing USAID PEERS grant “Using geospatial tools to investigate how deforestation affects the transmission of malaria in birds.” October 2015 – September 2018. PI of the grant is Damion Anong (University of Buea) and Anthony Cornel and Ravinder Sehgal are collaborators. Ten students from University of Buea are part of the project.

School of Veterinary Medicine

Graduate Group in Immunology

  • IMM 201 Basic Immunology
  • IMM 204 Innate Immunology
  • IMM 293 Current Concepts in Immunology
  • IMM 295 Cytokines

Department of Medicine and Epidemiology

  • EPI 204 Statistical Models, Methods and Data Analysis for Scientists
  • EPI 205A Principles of Epidemiology
  • EPI 205 B Integration of Basic Epidemiologic Concepts
  • EPI 206 Epidemiologic Study Design

Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

  • PMI 128 Biology of Animal Viruses
  • PMI 291A Seminar in Immunology
  • PMI 293A Seminar in Infectious Diseases
  • PMI 418 Health and Disease in Terrestrial Wildlife
  • PMI 419 Field Techniques for Assessment of Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

Department of Population Health and Reproduction

  • MPM 402 Medical Statistics I
  • MPM 403 Medical Statistics II
  • MPM 404 Medical Statistics III
  • PHR 212 Epidemiology of the Zoonoses
  • PHR 266 Applied Analytic Epidemiology

Courses not listed here can be submitted for approval to the DEBVBD Chair to fulfill elective credits.