William Black IV

Faculty Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About William

Medical Entomology, Mosquito Genetics, Genetics of Dengue Susceptibility and Insecticide resistance. We are interested in the environmental and genetic determinants of dengue susceptibility in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. We are also involved in identifying genome regions and candidate genes that confer resistance to insecticides.


PhD, Iowa State University, 1985MS, Duke University, 1981BA, Grinnell College, 1979


Bernhardt SA, Simmons MP, Geiss, B., Blair CD, Sylla M,.Olson KE, Beaty BJ, Black WC. 2011. Intraspecific evolution of miRNA and siRNA genes in the mosquito arboviral vector Aedes aegypti Molecular Biology and Evolution (submitted)Wise de Valdez, M.R., D. Nimmo, J. Betz, H-F Gong, A.A. James, L. Alphey and W. C. Black IV. (2011). Genetic elimination of dengue vector mosquitoes. Proceedings of the Natl Acaed. Sci. ( submitted)Doty, J., J. Dragoo, W. C. Black IV, B. J. Beaty, and C. H. Calisher. 2011. Deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) in eastern Colorado: a subspecies with lower susceptibility to Sin Nombre virus infection? Journal of Mammalogy (in press)Saavedra-Rodriguez, K., A.F. Suarez, I. F. Salas, C.Strode, H. Ranson, J. Hemingway and W.C. Black IV. 2011. Transcription of detoxification genes following permethrin selection in the mosquito Aedes aegypti (Insect Molecular Biology).Black, W.C. IV, Alphey, L. and A. A. James. 2011. Why RIDL is not SIT. Trends in Parasitology (in press).