Research in the Hamer Lab broadly investigates the ecology of infectious diseases of humans, wild animals, and domestic animals, with particular attention to those transmitted by arthropod vectors (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks, kissing bugs). We have focused primarily on vector-host interactions that lead to parasite amplification and increased disease risk. We utilize multidisciplinary tools to studying these complex disease systems, including molecular biology, landscape epidemiology, eco-immunology, and ecological modeling. A goal of our research is to elucidate mechanisms of transmission across space and time that facilitate ecological management of diseases with effective intervention and preventative strategies.
- Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Michigan State University - (East Lansing, Michigan, United States) 2008
- M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Wildlife Ecology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - (Urbana, Illinois, United States) 2004
- B.S. in Natural Resources and environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Rockford - (Rockford, Illinois, United States) 2002
- Hamer, G. L., Kitron, U. D., Goldberg, T. L., Brawn, J. D., Loss, S. R., Ruiz, M. O., Hayes, D. B., & Walker, E. D. (2009). Host selection by Culex pipiens mosquitoes and west nile virus amplification. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 80(2), 268-278.
- Loss, S. R., Hamer, G. L., Goldberg, T. L., Ruiz, M. O., Kitron, U. D., Walker, E. D., & Brawn, J. D. (2009). Nestling passerines are not important hosts for amplification of West Nile virus in Chicago, Illinois. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 9(1), 13-17.
- Hamer, G. L., Kitron, U. D., Brawn, J. D., Loss, S. R., Ruiz, M. O., Goldberg, T. L., & Walker, E. D. (2008). Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae): A bridge vector of West Nile virus to humans. J Med Entomol. 45(1), 125-128.
- Bertolotti, L., Kitron, U. D., Walker, E. D., Ruiz, M. O., Brawn, J. D., Loss, S. R., Hamer, G. L., & Goldberg, T. L. (2008). Fine-scale genetic variation and evolution of West Nile Virus in a transmission \"hot spot\" in suburban Chicago, USA. VIROLOGY. 374(2), 381-389.
- Hamer, G. L., Walker, E. D., Brawn, J. D., Loss, S. R., Ruiz, M. O., Goldberg, T. L., ... Kitron, U. D. (2008). Rapid amplification of West Nile virus the role of hatch-year birds. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 8(1), 57-67.
- Poh, Karen Chin (2018-12). Determinants of Spatial and Temporal Variation of West Nile Virus Transmission in Texas. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Bejcek, Justin Richard (2018-05). Differentiation among the North American Triatominae Species (Vectors of the Chagas Disease Parasite) and Their Commonly Misidentified Doppelg?ngers. (Master's Thesis)
- Boothe, Emily Cale (2015-05). Quantifying Dispersal Behavior and Abatement Efficacy for Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes albopictus in College Station, Texas. (Master's Thesis)
- Golnar, Andrew John (2014-12). Predicting the Introduction and Transmission of Rift Valley Fever Virus in the United States. (Master's Thesis)