Andrea Egizi

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Email: amegizi@gmail.com

Research

I am interested in a broad diversity of topics related to vector biology, including population genetics, community ecology, invasion biology, and vector-borne disease ecology. Past projects have used molecular tools to describe mosquito host feeding patterns and their potential role in disease dynamics, as well as combined genetic analysis with landscape variables like elevation and road networks to study the expansion of invasive mosquitoes. I am currently working on several projects with my colleagues in Monmouth County aimed at better characterizing the local landscape of tick-borne disease ecology, including the surveillance, pathogen prevalence, genotyping, and host preferences of medically important ticks across habitats and communities.

Publications

  • Egizi A, Kiser J, Abadam C, Fonseca DM. 2016. The hitchhiker’s guide to becoming invasive: exotic mosquitoes spread across a US state by human transport not autonomous flight. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.13653.
  • Rivera MJ, Rodriguez-Saona C, Egizi A, Fonseca DM, Jennings DE, Koppenhöfer AM. 2016. Cultivation and domestication of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) alters abundance, diversity and virulence of entomopathogenic nematodes. Agriculture, Systems and Environment 222: 148-155.
  • Price DC, Egizi A, Fonseca DM. 2015. The ubiquity and ancestry of insect doublesex. Scientific Reports 5:13068.
  • Price DC, Egizi A, Fonseca DM. 2015. Characterization of the doublesex gene within the Culex pipiens complex suggests regulatory plasticity at the base of the mosquito sex determination cascade. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:108.
  • Egizi A, Fefferman NH, Fonseca DM. 2015. Evidence that implicit assumptions of “no evolution” of disease vectors in changing environments can be violated on a rapid timescale. Philosophical Transactions B. 370: 20140136.
  • Egizi A and Fonseca DM. 2015. Ecological limits can obscure expansion history: patterns of genetic diversity in a temperate mosquito in Hawaii. Biological Invasions 17(1): 123-132.
  • Egizi A, Morin PJ, Fonseca DM. 2014. Unraveling microbe-mediated interactions between mosquito larvae in a laboratory microcosm. Aquatic Ecology 48(2):179-189.
  • Farajollahi A, Egizi A, Unlu I, Healy SP, Crepeau T, Gaugler R, Fonseca D. 2014. Host-feeding patterns of Aedes albopictus in urban and suburban habitats of temperate North America and comparisons with Culex pipiens. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8(8):e3037.
  • Egizi A, Farajollahi A, Fonseca DM. 2014. Diverse host feeding on nesting birds may limit early- season West Nile virus amplification. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 14(6):447-453.
  • Brown JE, Evans BR, Zheng W, Obas V, Barrera-Martinez L, Egizi A, Zhao H, Caccone A, Powell JR. 2013. Human impacts have shaped historical and recent evolution in Aedes aegypti, the dengue and yellow fever mosquito. Evolution 68(2):514-525.
  • Bhattacharya D, Price DC, Chan CX, Qiu H, Rose N, Ball S, Weber APM, Arias MC, Henrissat B, Coutinho PM, Krishnan A, Zauner S, Morath S, Hilliou F, Egizi A, Perrineau MM, Yoon HS. 2013. Genome of the red alga Porphyridium purpureum. Nature Communications 4:1941.
  • Egizi A, Healy SP, Fonseca DM. 2013. Rapid blood meal scoring in anthropophilic Aedes albopictus and application of PCR blocking to avoid pseudogenes. Infection Genetics and Evolution 16:122-128.