Animal Health Research Center, Department of Population Health, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
Adjunct Faculty, AHRC Science Director, Professor

Medical and Veterinary Entomology | Virology | Wildlife Diseases


Research Interests

I am a professor in the Department of Population Health and the science director at the Animal Health Research Center (AHRC).  The central theme of my research is to gain a better understanding of the interrelationships and natural history of wildlife, domestic animal, and human pathogens. To this end, for the last 20+ years my research has focused on the transmission dynamics of vector-borne pathogens, the ecology of pathogens affecting domestic animals, wildlife, and humans, and developing animal models to study high consequence pathogens. In my role as science director of the AHRC, I help investigators and collaborators navigate through the paperwork associated with high containment research, assist with study design and implementation, and help train faculty, staff, and students to work in the high security/high containment environment. Specific areas of study include:


  • Vector-borne diseases
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Ecology of infectious diseases
  • Host-parasite interactions

Educational Background

  • BS (1992), University of Arizona
  • MS (1995), University of Arizona
  • PhD (1999), University of Arizona
  • MPH (2001), University of Arizona

Teaching Experience

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
    • POPH 5180 Public Health

Selected Publications

Publications by Dr. Mead may be found on PubMed.

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