Principal Investigator

Laura C. Harrington, PhD
Principal Investigator

Professor and Chair
 lch27 [at]

Office: 3138 Comstock Hall
Phone: 607.255.4475
Laboratory: 3131 Comstock Hall


Dr. Harrington’s Google Scholar Profile (64 peer reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters)


  • Post Doctorate: August 1999 to May 2001, University of California, Davis.
  • PhD: Medical Entomology, May 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • MS: Medical and Veterinary Entomology, May 1993, North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
  • BS: Biology, May 1990, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.

Academic Rank: Professor, 2013 to present (65% research, 35% teaching)

Areas of Expertise: Medical entomology, vector biology, global health, mosquito ecology and behavior, epidemiology, disease evolution and ecology

Professional Experience:

  • 2013 – present: Professor, Dept of Entomology, Cornell University, New York
  • 2007 – 2012: Associate Professor, Dept of Entomology, Cornell University, New York
  • 2001 – 2006: Assistant Professor, Dept Entomology, Cornell University, New York
  • 1999 – 2001: Post-doctoral researcher, Dept Entomology, University of California, Davis
  • 1995 – 1999: Research Assistant,  Dept Entomology, Univ Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 1994 – 1995: Agricultural Biologist, BASF Corp, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • 1993 – 1994: Field Research Intern, BASF Corp, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • 1990 – 1993: Research Assistant, Entomology, North Carolina State University
  • 1987 – 1989: Research Assistant, Biology, St. Lawrence University, New York

Sabbaticals and Study Leaves:

  • 2010Arthropod-borne Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory.  Colorado State University (Ken Olson):  Vector competence for US strains of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) for Chikungunya virus (LR-OPY strain); and Venereal Transmission of Dengue-2 virus by Aedes aegypti males.

Honors and Awards:

  • Eastern Branch ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching 2012, 2013
  • Provosts Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Cornell University 2010
  • Cornell University Advance Program Professional Development Award 2010
  • Cornell Center for Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow 2009 to present
  • International Programs Travel Award 2008
  • Faculty Fellows in Service Grant Award, Malaria Interventions in Ghana 2007
  • Best Paper Award at the International Conference in Modeling Health Advances 2007
  • CALS Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research Award, April 2006
  • Gordon Conference Invited Speaker, June 2006
  • NSF/International Congress of Entomology Travel Award, August 2004
  • CALS International Travel Award, May 2002

 Active Grant Support:

  • Harrington/Wolfner (Co-PIs):  NIH 1R01AI095491, New Targets for Reproductive Control of Mosquito Vectors.
  • Harrington, PI: Hatch 2010-11-184: Climate Change and Invasions in New York State: introduction of the Asian tiger mosquito and Exotic Chikungunya virus
  • Harrington/Wolfner (Co-PIs): Hatch NYC 2011-12-219, Novel targets and deployment strategies for mosquito vector control
  • Harrington (Co-I), Bowman (PI): Novartis Animal Health Lab Service Contract,  Research on Dog heart worm
  • Harrington, Collaborator: USDA/CSREES, Multistate (MRF) project NE-507, Mosquitoes, Disease & Public Health

 Past Funding Awards:

  • Harvell, Harrington, Zamudio, Co-PIs: Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future, Climate Warming, Disease Forecasting, and Economic Impacts
  • Harrington, PICator, L., fellow: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) training award, Acoustic signaling in the mating systems of medically important mosquitoes
  • Harrington, Co-Investigator: Anthony James, PI, Grand Challenges in Global Health, Gates Foundation/ FNIH, Genetic strategies for control of dengue virus transmission
  • Harrington, PI: Wolfner, Co-PI, NIH/NIAID 1R21AI076828-01A1, Male Accessory Gland Proteins of the Dengue vector mosquito, Aedes aegypti: Novel targets for genetic control strategies.
  • Harrington, PI; Wolfner, Co-PI: Hatch Project NYC, Investigation of new targets for reproductive control of mosquito vectors.
  • Harrington, PI: USDA/CREES, Larval source reduction and integrated management of West Nile virus mosquitoes, in peridomestic environments.
  • Harrington, PI; DeGaetano, Co-PI: GC04-763 Joint Announcement on Climate Variability and Human Health: Climate effects, West Nile virus vector development, and transmission risk
  • Harrington, Co-I; Scott, TW, PI: NIH RO1 AI22119, Multiple blood-feeding by mosquitoes.
  • Harrington, PI: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  40812, Host Feeding Preferences and Insecticide Resistance Status of West Nile Virus Mosquito Vectors in New York State
  • Harrington, PI:  CSREES   NYC-139432, Ecology and Behavior of Arthropod Disease Vectors in the Northeastern United States.
  • Harrington, Co-I; DeGaetano, PI: National Climatic Data Center, Regional Climate Center, Development of Climate Indices for Vectors of West Nile Virus
  • Harrington, PI: American Biophysics,  Identification of mosquito larvae
  • Harrington, Co-PI; DeGaetano, Co-PI: Hatch NYC: Biology and range expansion of invasive mosquito species with climate change.

Teaching Activities:

  • CIRTLCast on “Mentoring Graduate Students and Postdocs.” 2012.  A national seminar on key tips for future faculty.
  • Cornell University First Year Book Project Lecture for Homer and Langley. 2011.  “1918 Influenza and other pandemics:  what is next?”
  • Online lecture in “Epidemiology of Vector borne Diseases”. 2010. Henry Stewart Talks. ( ).
  • Cornell CIRTL (Center for Integrated Research Teaching and Learning) steering committee and proposal team member (2011 to present)
  • “Influenza: A case study in pandemics past and present” Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, October 2011
  • Faculty Advisor for Cover Africa Student Organization (2007 to present)
  • Faculty Advisor for the Cornell Student Society for Public Health (2009 to present)
  • Faculty Advisor for Partnership for Honduran Health Student Organization (2007 to 2008)
  • 2007 Faculty Fellows-In-Service Awardee, Malaria Interventions in Ghana

Undergraduate Advising Majors: Entomology, Biology, Biology and Society

Professional Society Memberships:

  • Society for Vector Ecology (1996 to present)
  • Entomological Society of America (1990 to present)
  • American Mosquito Control Association (1996 to present)
  • Northeast Mosquito Control Association (2002 to present)
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1998 to present)
  • American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses (ACAV) (2012 to present)
  • American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) (2001 to present)

Editorial Boards:

  • Journal of Medical Entomology (2008 to present), Guest Editor PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Committee Assignments:


  • Education Committee, 2007 to present, American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • ISPRS – Remote Sensing Applications and Policies Working Group VIII / 2 – Public Health, 2008-2012
  • Executive Councilor, 2001-2006, American Committee of Medical Entomology
  • Commodity and Other Stakeholder: Member, 2002- 2006. Human Health Commodity Working Group.  Northeastern Pest Management Center.
  • AMCA: Member, 2004 to 2007, Science and Technology Committee.
  • Young Investigator Award Committee, Entomological Society of America, 2008 to present


  • Cornell CIRTL (NSF Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Steering committee (2011-present)
  • CIRTL program director search committee (2012)
  • CU-CIRTL Advisory Board (2012- present)
  • Cornell Program in Global Health Advisory Board (Ithaca and Weill-NYC Campuses), 2006 to present
  • CALS, Undergraduate biology task force, 2007 to 2008
  • Life Sciences Advisory Committee, 2008 to 2011
  • Biology Implementation committee, 2008 to 2009
  • CALS, Faculty Senate, 2006 to 2007
  • CALS faculty financial advisory committee, 2005 to 2008
  • Chair, Community IPM committee, 2005 to 2010
  • Global Health Advisory Panel 2006 to present


  • 2002 Fall Faculty Retreat Planning Committee
  • 2003 to 2007, Outreach Committee
  • 2006 to 2009, Entomology Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2003 to 2010 Griswold Committee (Chair Griswold, 2006)
  • 2008 to 2010, Executive Committee
  • 2010-2011 Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2011- 2012 Insect Immunology Search Committee
  • 2003 to present, Rogoff Committee
  • 2007 to present, Sarkaria Arthropod Research Laboratory (SARL) Committee
  • 2003 to present, Curriculum and Teaching Committee
  • 2011 to present, Awards Committee (chair 2012-13)
  • 2012 to present, Faculty mentoring committee

Conferences/Workshops/In-Service Participation:

  • University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security (CHHS) Public Health Preparedness Conference, January 2013.  Panel presenter on emerging vector borne diseases in the United States
  • Inside Cornell: Health, Climate and Mosquito-Borne Disease, May 2012. (
  • Washington Congressional Briefing “Insect Invasions”, July 2011
  • CALS “Making a World of Difference” Panel Speaker, April 2009
  • Symposium Organizer, 2008. Symposium Organizer, 2008. “Progress towards understanding the fitness of transgenic mosquitoes”, Annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting.
  • Research on mosquito vectors in the community.  New York State Community IPM meeting.  (2007).
  • Roundtable host – Career Development in Tropical Medicine and Health. ASTMH Meeting, Philadelphia (2007).
  • Climate change and invasive mosquito vectors of human and animal pathogens, CALS  Advisory Board Meeting, (2007).
  • ESA Section D Secretary (2006), Early Career Innovation Award Committee (2008-present)
  • Vector Containment Guidelines Working Group, Foundation for NIH (FNIH), 2006 to 2008.

Grant Review Panels: 

  • NOAA/SBIR program reviewer.  Climate applications for advanced decision making. 2005 NIH Special Emphasis Panel.  NIH International Research in Infectious Diseases Panel, 2007- 2008. NIH Vector Biology Study Section Ad Hoc member 2011, NIH Vector Biology Study Section Regular Member 2012-2015.

Subject editor, 2003 to present.  Journal of Medical Entomology.

Journal Peer Reviewer. 2001 to present (ca. 5-10 per year).  Science, PNAS, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Journal of Medical Entomology, Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, Journal of Vector Ecology, Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases. PLoS Biology,  PLoS NTD, Parasitology research, Science, Nature, Environmental Health, Parasites and Vectors,  Journal of Environmental Entomology.

Symposium Organizer, 2005, Mosquito Mating Systems. International Meeting of the Society of Vector Ecology, Reno, NV.

Symposium Organizer, 2004, Honoring the Contributions of Professor John D. Edman. Society for Vector Ecology Meeting, Boston MA.

Section D Student Competition Moderator, 2003 Entomological Society of America Meeting 2003.

Cornell Department of Entomology Linnaean Games Coach, February 2003 to 2005.

Chair, Howard Hoogstraal Medal Award Committee, International award for achievement in Medical Entomology, 2003-2004.

Symposium Organizer, New Technology for Field Based Studies of Disease Vectors.  Society for Vector Ecology Meeting, 2002, Albuquerque, NM.

Developed and administered 1st American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) Student Travel Award, 2002.  To be awarded annually to fund student travel to present research pertaining to arthropods affecting human health.

West Nile Virus National Response Team. 2002 to 2007.

Symposium Organizer, Management of insecticide resistance in medically important insects. Entomological Society of America Meeting, 2001, San Diego, CA.

Student Competition Judge, Entomological Society of America Meeting, 2001, San Diego, CA.

Participant, Thornfield Teaching Workshop.  2001. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences workshop promoting more effective teaching.

Panel presenter, Lyme disease and West Nile vectors in New York State. 2001.  Presentation for “The risks and implications of Lyme disease and West Nile virus in the Southern Tier.” Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, Elmira College.

Resource for Media (past 3 years):



  • Interviewed by Heidi Leidford for Nature.  Malaria may not rise as world warms:Studies suggest that strategies to combat the disease are offsetting the impact of climate change. Published online 19 May 2010, Nature 465, 280-281 (2010)  doi:10.1038/465280a  ( )
  • Resource for Newspapers – 2005- present. New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Ithaca Journal, Cornell Daily Sun, Ithaca Times, Daily Saratoga Republican, Poughkeepsie Journal, Salt Lake Tribune, Environmental Health Perspectives (
  • Interviewed for Environmental Health Perspectives:  “Dengue Reborn: Widespread Resurgence of a Resilient Vector” by Melissa Lee Phillips.  Environmental Health Perspectives. September 2008.
  • Interviewed for The Lancet: Is climate change affecting dengue in the Americas? Eliza Barclay. The Lancet. London: Mar 22-Mar 28, 2008. Vol. 371, Iss. 9617; pg. 973, 2 pg
  • Radio and television: National Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Service, Syracuse Channel 5 and Channel 9 News, British Broadcasting service.
  • NIH/Environmental Health: How Big is the Threat of Dengue and What’s Causing It?, Science Podcast 2009

Invited Presentations (past 3 years)

  • Gordon Conference Biology of Disease Vectors. February 2013
  • Harvard School of Public Health Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases mini-symposium Towards malaria eradication: targeting the mosquito vector. March 2013
  • Climate change, globalization and emerging vector borne diseases.  Ithaca College Environmental Sciences Seminar SeriesNovember 2012.
  • Movement of Aedes aegypti: a review of the literature and critical unanswered questions. Fogerty Center’s Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) workshop. September 2012.
  • Medical entomology: direct injury and disease transmission.  Cayuga Medical Center Seminar Continuing Education Series for medical personnel, Ithaca, NY. March 2012.
  • Research on mosquito disease vectors in Thailand. Cornell Southeast Asia Program, Brown Bag Seminar Series.  April 2012.
  • Mosquito mating biology and behavior. Penn State University, Department of Entomology, October 2011
  • Reproductive Success of Mosquito Vectors:  Why Male Biology Matters.  Vanderbilt University, Department of Biology, April 2011
  • Mosquito borne infections in a changing world:  rethinking our approach to vector-borne disease control and prevention.  Snodwiggs, Department of Entomology, Cornell University.  October 2010.
  • Dengue on a shrinking planet: Present and future challenges for understanding and controlling an emerging mosquito-borne infection. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists.   President’s Symposium. Knoxville, TN.  August 2009.
  • Emerging mosquito-borne viruses.  Zoonotic Diseases Symposium.  Cornell University, February 2009.

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