Larisa K. Vredevoe

Professor Larisa VredevoeLarisa K. Vredevoe, Ph.D.


33-277 office
33-355C lab



B.S., University of California, Davis
Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Research Interests

  • Tick-Borne Pathogens
  • Host-Parasite Interactions

My research program focuses on the ecological maintenance of pathogens in nature and interactions between hosts and parasites. Specifically, we study the transmission cycles and distribution of tick-borne pathogens, such as Borrelia burgdorferi.

Additionally, we are interested in better understanding the burdens that parasites exert on their hosts (i.e. phenotypic manipulation, fitness effects) and the impact of host physiology and behavior on parasite success, using both tick-host and acanthocephalan-host systems. Student projects typically include both field and laboratory work using both ecological and molecular tools.

Advising Interests:

  • Medical Entomology
  • Tick-borne Pathogens
  • Public Health Microbiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Parasitology

Links of Interest

Ticks Commonly Encountered In California

Background Information on the Biology of Ticks


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