Our Research

Primary research areas at the ProkopecLab are disease ecology, spatial and landscape epidemiology and global health. We aim to understand the mechanisms and processes driving the spatial dynamics of vector-borne and parasitic diseases. We study the biology and ecology of insect vectors and reservoir hosts and the relationships between vector/human behavior and pathogen transmission. We integrate data derived from field observational or experimental studies with spatially explicit statistical and mechanistic models of pathogen transmission.

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Our Funding Sources


  • “Targeted IRS for Aedes with Sumishield and Actellic 300CS”. [PI]. Innovative Vector Control Consortium.

    • The goal of this project is to perform Phase II entomological field trials evaluating novel residual insecticide formulation in Merida, Mexico. 2018-2020.

  • “Improved chemical control and diagnostics of Aedes-borne diseases”. [PI]. Emory Global Health Institute. The goal of this project is to develop novel diagnostics to differentiate prior exposure to dengue and Zika viruses. 2018-2019.


  • ​“Quantifying heterogeneities in dengue virus transmission dynamics” [co-PI]. National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P01AI098670.

    • The goal of this project is to quantify heterogeneities in human variables that affect dengue virus transmission dynamics and prevention by studying people across the entire continuum of disease, including people with clinically inapparent and mild infections. Fieldwork activities are performed in the city of Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon. 2014-2019.

  • "Enhanced entomological surveillance of Aedes aegypti in the context of dengue, chikungunya and zika transmission”. [PI]. Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC: OADS BAA 2016-N-17844).

    • This project will evaluate existing passive and entomologic surveillance systems for dengue, and test the sensitivity and specificity of including infection information in the vector population as an enhanced predictor of transmission in areas with co-circulating dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses. 2017-2019.

  • “Zika: A fast new intervention and an innovative method of evaluation”. [co-Investigator]. Funder: USAID:AID‐OAA‐F‐16‐00094, Gregor Devine, QIMR, Australia, PI). This project seeks to perform field trials in Merida, Mexico, evaluating the impact of metofluthrin passive emanators on Aedes aegypti biting behavior and abundance. 2017-2019.


- "RAPID: Harnessing spatial heterogeneity to contain Zika virus transmission" [PI]. National Science Foundation. Award Number: 1640698

This project will use existing data from Mexico and Brazil and stochastic simulation models to quantify hot-spots of high dengue, chikungunya and zika transmission and evaluate the city-wide effect and cost-effectiveness of pre-emptively targeting high quality interventions on them.

- "Eco-Epidemiology of West Nile virus in Atlanta, GA" [PI]. Funder: University Research Council (Emory University).

- "Rapid Indoor Residual Spraying To Control Urban Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes”. [PI]. Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC: OADS BAA 2016-N-17844). 

This project will develop a ‘rapid’ approach for the delivery of indoor residual spraying by changing the equipment used and targeting indoor resting locations of Aedes aegypti.

- "Urban Ecology of West Nile Virus in Atlanta, GA". Funder: Emory University Research Council grant. 2016-2017. 2016-2017.

- "Indoor Residual Spraying to Support Integrated Dengue Management”. Funder: Marcus Foundation for the program Combating Childhood Illness Seed Grants. 2015-2016.


- “Sustainable Alternatives to DDT in the Middle East and North African Countries”. Funder: World Health Organization, Middle East and North African countries. 2015-2016.

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