Rebekah KadingMicrobiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Dr. Kading obtained her B.S. in Entomology/Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware, M.S. in Entomology from the University of Arkansas, and PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work at Johns Hopkins focused on the transmission dynamics of Plasmodium falciparum by Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes in southern Zambia, including examination of seasonal entomologic inoculation rates, mosquito blood feeding behavior, and population genetics. Between 2007 and 2014, at the CDC Division of Vector-borne Diseases Arbovirus Diseases Branch, Dr. Kading led studies on mosquito blood feeding behavior and West Nile virus (WNV) ecology in Colorado and Guatemala, the effects of mosquito co-infection with West Nile virus and insect-only flaviviruses on the transmission of WNV, and the genetic basis for replication and transmission of Rift Valley fever virus in mosquitoes. She also initiated studies on virus discovery and arbovirus surveillance of bats in Uganda, which resulted in the isolation of three novel viruses. She has worked for the State of Delaware Mosquito Control Section, and with an interest mosquito taxonomy, built a reference collection of East African mosquitoes at the CDC/DVBD. Dr. Kading serves the scientific community as an Editorial Advisor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a steering committee member for the Bat One Health Research Network (BOHRN), and on the Program Committee member for the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.