The Vector Biology (VB) Study Section reviews applications on all aspects of arthropod and molluscan intermediate hosts of parasitic (e.g., nematode, helminth, or protozoa), viral, and bacterial pathogens, including model systems, where the intent is to yield information relevant to human diseases including issues related to ecology, physiology, genetics, immunology, pathogen transmission, vector population control.
The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.
The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.
- All areas of basic biology including biochemistry, physiology, immunology, genetics, genomics, population genetics and ecology of vectors transmitting human pathogens.
- Improvements of genetic and immunological technologies and their application for reducing vector capacity and blocking parasite transmission including transgenic, paratransgenic, and selected gene silencing and knockout approaches.
- Vector-pathogen interactions including molecular, cellular, biochemical, genetic, and immunological mechanisms important in vector competence.
- Host immune responses to vectors, including pharmacological aspects of arthropod salivary and other secretory products relevant for pathogen transmission.
- Development, laboratory evaluation, and field-based testing of approaches to control vectors and disease transmission including the development of insecticides and their modes of action, and mathematical modeling and geographic information system/remote sensing applications.
- Development of methods for maintaining arthropods in the laboratory and for pathogen transmission.
Overlaps with Closely Related Study Sections
There are shared interests with Pathogenic Eukaryotes Study Section (PTHE) in the area of infectious disease vectors. Grant applications that focus on the biology of the eukaryotic pathogens inside the vectors may be reviewed in PTHE. Applications that focus on interactions between eukaryotic pathogens and their vectors may be reviewed in VB.
There are shared interests with Neuroscience of Interoception and Chemosensation (NIC) in the area of chemosensation. Grant applications that focus on the fundamental understanding of normal and pathological sensory function may be reviewed in NIC. Applications that study chemosensation in insects may be reviewed in VB.