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The Transmission of Vector-borne and Zoonotic diseases (TVZ) study section reviews grant applications focused on the complex life cycles of vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens. All aspects of vector-borne and zoonotic pathogen transmission, from basic biology to community-level studies, including disease control strategies, are reviewed here. The study section considers all infectious disease agents, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, helminths, and parasites.

Review Dates


  • Biology of vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens, including biochemistry, physiology, immunology, genetics, genomics, cell and molecular biology
  • Inter-organismal interactions and mechanisms relevant to vector-borne and zoonotic disease transmission, including host physiology and novel model systems for the study complex life cycles
  • Strategies to block transmission or manage resistance, including lab and field-based approaches that focus on the pathogen, host, or environment
  • Population-level studies of the adaptation and evolution of pathogens and the interactions with their hosts and environment with a OneHealth approach
  • Application of novel tools in the lab or the field for the interpretation and prediction of changes in complex life cycles, including modeling, landscape genetics and genomics, and disease ecology
  • Identification of biological, anthropogenic, and environmental factors that drive persistence, invasion, and emergence of vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens

Shared Interests and Overlaps

There are shared interests in pathogen biology with Pathogenic Eukaryotes (PTHE), Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology (PCMB), Bacterial Virulence (BV), Bacterial-Host Interactions (BHI), Molecular and Cellular Biology of Virus Infection (MCV), Viral Dynamics and Transmission (VDT), and Viral Pathogenesis and Immunity (VPI). Applications that are focused predominantly on pathogen biology may be reviewed in the relevant pathogen-focused study section. Applications that emphasize the pathogen’s complex zoonotic or vector-borne life cycle may be reviewed in TVZ.

There are shared interests in immune responses to pathogens with complex life cycles with Immunity and Host Defense (IHD). Applications that emphasize fundamental mechanisms of immunological responses to pathogens or disease persistence may be reviewed in IHD. Applications that emphasize non-human reservoirs of infection or aim to perturb transmission across organisms may be reviewed in TVZ.

There are shared interests in infection control strategies with Vaccines against Infectious Diseases (VID). Applications that emphasize vaccine design and efficacy may be reviewed in VID. Applications that emphasize strategies that disrupt the pathogen’s complex life cycle, such as manipulation of the pathogen, host, or environment may be reviewed in TVZ.

There are shared interests in infectious disease control surveillance and prevention with Etiology, Diagnostic, Intervention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases (EDIT). Applications that emphasize all other pathogens may be reviewed in EDIT. Applications that focus primarily on vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens may be reviewed in TVZ.

There are shared interests in the transmission of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases with Population-based Research in Infectious Disease Study Section (PRID). Applications that emphasize the transmission of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases between human populations may be reviewed in PRID. Applications that emphasize the pathogen life cycle, host-pathogen interactions at the individual level, or zoonotic transmission of pathogens may be reviewed in TVZ.

There are shared interests in infectious disease transmission modeling with Analytics and Statistics for Population Research Panel B (ASPB). Applications that development and validation of infectious disease transmission modeling methodology focused on transmission between human populations may be reviewed in ASPB. Applications that emphasize disease ecology and modelling the interactions between pathogens, non-human hosts, and their environment may be reviewed in TVZ.

There are shared interests in insect vector chemosensation with Neuroscience of Interoception and Chemosensation (NIC). Applications that emphasize normal insect physiology may be reviewed in NIC. Applications that emphasize perturbations to the olfactory system as a strategy to reduce vector-borne disease transmission may be reviewed in TVZ.