Erin Borland

Graduate Student Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Erin

Erin earned her MS (Microbiology) from Colorado State University in 2014, and is a first year Ph.D. student. She spent 10 years at CDC DVBD working on projects pertaining to vector ecology, immunology, and viral transmission cycles. Her projects have included novel viral exploration in Africa, which yielded the discovery of Sunguru (Rhabdoviridae) and Ogwapoke (Bunyaviridae) viruses, as well as immunological surveillance for vector-borne viral threats in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. Since joining the Kading Laboratory in 2017, her focus has shifted to the study of Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV) and evaluation of the transmission potential of different epidemic strains by key North American mosquito vectors. Additional projects include testing DIPs to reduce transmission of Zika virus by mosquitoes, and working with Rabies-antigen producing Asaia bacteria in mosquitoes to see if bats could be vaccinated by these “flying syringes.”