Lanzaro Named Director of the
In announcing the appointment, Bennie I. Osburn, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, praised Lanzaro’s “willingness to take on this important assignment.”
“Dr. Lanzaro has an exciting vision for CVEC that broadens the programmatic directions and activities of the center,” Osburn said. “We anticipate that he will play an important role in the further development of the zoonotic and public health programs of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and on the UC Davis campus.”
Lanzaro is now the point person for both UCMRP, a systemwide program of the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, and CVEC, a unit of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and managed in collaboration with the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the
CVEC has long been closely affiliated with UCMRP and the vector-borne diseases program of the California Department of Health Services.
Neal Van Alfen, dean of the
“Dr. Lanzaro maintains a research program on anthropod-borne diseases as a member of the Department of Entomology within the
Lanzaro said he is pleased to serve as director of the program. “I look forward to establishing UC Davis and CVEC as an international center of excellence in vector-borne disease research and education.”
“Pathogens transmitted by insects and their relatives rank among the most important infectious diseases globally,” Lanzaro said. “Diseases such as malaria, dengue and leishmaniasis take millions of lives annually and wreak havoc on the economies, and therefore quality of life, for many millions more throughout the world.”
Lanzaro noted that CVEC “is interdisciplinary (encompassing biological, medical, veterinary and social sciences) and global, with a major emphasis on work in the developing world, where arthropod-borne diseases impose the heaviest burden.”
“These diseases pose a tremendous challenge to global health,” he said. “We will address this challenge through research and education.”
Lanzaro replaces emeritus professor and medical entomologist John Edman, who retired in 2004. In the interim, emeritus professor and medical entomologist
CVEC, considered the most comprehensive vector-borne disease program in
Lanzaro’s key responsibilities include developing an overall programmatic vision of the center, including leadership in research and teaching.
The center serves as the principal teaching resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in all facets of vector-borne disease sciences. As the director, Lanzaro will assume an important role in curriculum development and graduate programs, Osburn said.
Named UCMRP director in 2002, Lanzaro received his bachelor of science degree in biology from
Lanzaro’s areas of expertise include genetics and population biology of mosquitoes that transmit malaria, particularly Anopheles gambiae, the principal vector of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa; and the genetics and molecular biology of sand fly vectors of visceral leishmaniasis in Latin America.
Prior to coming to UC Davis, Lanzaro served as professor in the faculty in the Department of Pathology and Center for Tropical Diseases at the
He earlier conducted research as a MacArthur Fellow at the Laboratory of Malaria Research at the National Institutes of Health in
Further information on UCMRP is available at http://www.ucmrp.ucdavis.edu/ or by telephoning program assistant