Dina Fonseca is a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. She is a member of the school’s graduate programs in entomology, ecology and evolution, and microbiology. In addition to being a core faculty member of Rutgers Global Health Institute, she is a member of the School of Public Health, Rutgers Climate Institute, the Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases at New Jersey Medical School, and the NJ One Health Steering Committee. She has extensive experience working on the ecological and evolutionary genetics of invasive mosquitoes and ticks and the parasites and pathogens they transmit.
In addition to her basic research, she is the director of Rutgers’ Center for Vector Biology, which provides accreditation and continuing education and broadly supports the extended New Jersey Mosquito Control community. She also works with residential communities to develop proactive strategies for urban vector (mosquitoes and now also tick) surveillance and control. Fonseca’s lab launched the citizen science project NJ Ticks 4 Science! She is committed to training better medical entomologists and to developing and field-testing enhanced approaches, including strategies to prevent and manage the spread of insecticide resistance.
Fonseca is a founding member of the Worldwide Insecticide resistance Network (WIN), currently represented in 19 institutions worldwide that are developing vector research. WIN creates a unique framework for the exchange of new methodologies and samples for tracking insecticide resistance in vectors of arboviruses and other public health pathogens.
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