Photo: Electron microscope image of Corynebacterum diphteriae, the pathogenic bacterium that causes diphtheria.

Welcome to our brand new website!

Our old website was feeling a little old, so now we’ve got a brand new one for your browsing pleasure! All the old content is back in a sleeker design and more news will be added soon! Stay tuned to the blog page for up-to-date content about what’s happening in EEID at Cornell. If you like the website or have a critique, let us know your comments by emailing

Stud or dud?

Faculty member Laura Harrington and colleagues have been studying the mating behavior of the Dengue Vector Mosquito. Females, formerly thought to be deaf, assess male reproductive fitness in a duet with their potential mating partners. The two match frequencies at a shared harmonic of 1200 Hz prior to mating. This discovery has implications for the production of transgenic sterile males which might be released to diminish the mating potential of females. To hear Laura Harrington and Ronald Hoy discuss their findings, click on the podcast.

Their publication can be found in the January 8th issue of Science.

Program Areas

There are a variety of areas of study, including the role of climate in the incidence of disease, the study of pathogens in enviroments, and the dynamics of pathogen and host evolution in various ecosystems. The specific effects of climate change in the changes in disease incidence and distribution are of particular interest to us.

  • Disease and Climate Change
  • Pathogen Variation and Evolution
  • Roles of Pathogens in Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Interactions of Symbionts with their Hosts
  • Innate or Adaptive Immunity and Host Susceptibility
  • Evolution and Emergence of Pathogens in New Hosts

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2 thoughts on “Home

  1. I am a graduate student in Food Science concentrating on the microbiology of foodborne disease. I am very interesting in taking a disease ecology/OneHealth approach to my research, and am interested in taking courses in the Ecology and Evolution of Infections and Diseases. Including a list of Spring 2014 classes on your website would be very helpful.

    Sincerely and Thanks,

    Dan Weller

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