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Research and Education

The Institute's work focuses on two distinct yet intertwined areas--research and education.  


The Institute's tickborne disease research will focus on four distinct areas: vector/tick biology, epidemiology, microbiology, and immune defense.  Overarching goals include:

  • ​​​​​Build  state-of-the-art BSL2/BSL3 facilities (aka the "tickery") to study ticks and tickborne diseases
  • Develop improved in vivo and in vitro models for studying Lyme and other tickborne diseases
  • Conduct research  & develop strategies for assessment of risk of tickborne diseases to public health and mitigation
  • Conduct research on tickborne diseases immunity, immune evasion and host-pathogen interaction
  • Conduct research on ticks, the pathogen they carry and the diseases they cause (recruit investigators)


LTBDI's education component will focus on both outreach and education.  Our goals are to:

  • Train the next generation of tickborne diseases researchers and scholars
  • Educate public health experts about the importance of tickborne diseases
  • Inform lawmakers about tickborne diseases and support  public health policy development on tickborne disease
  • Conduct community outreach to educate about tickborne diseases