Principal Investigator

Laura C. Harrington, PhD
Principal Investigator

Professor and Chair
 lch27 [at]

Office: 3138/2130 Comstock Hall
Phone: 607.255.4475; 607.255.7723
Laboratory: 3131 Comstock Hall


Dr. Harrington’s Google Scholar Profile (65 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: Chair, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, New York
  • 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) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Novel acoustic surveillance techniques for male and female mosquitoes.
  • Harrington (Co-investigator), Radcliffe (PI), Morrison Animal Foundation D15ZO-058. Tabanid fly host feeding and transmission patterns drive trypanosome infection in endangered Javan rhinoceroses in Ujung Kulon National Park Indonesia.
  • 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) NYC-145452 “Taming the Tiger: Using Males to Control the Invasive Asian tiger mosquito in New York State”
  • Harrington (PI). Climate Change, Adaptation and range expansion of the Asian tiger mosquito in New York State NE-1443 “Biology, Ecology & Management of Emerging Disease Vectors”

 Past Funding Awards:

  • 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
  • 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 University Courses Advisory Board (2013-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 2013, Faculty mentoring committee

Conferences/Workshops/In-Service Participation:

  • CIRTL Panel presentation 2014. “What I Wish I’d Known about Mentoring Before Becoming a Faculty Member”
  • Cornell Global Health Student Council Ted-Talk Event. 2013. Ted talk presenter “Global research on disease vectors and career opportunities”
  • 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?”
  • Cornell University First Year Book Project Group Discussion Leader.  2009.  The Grapes of Wrath.
  • Online lecture in “Epidemiology of Vector borne Diseases”. 2010. Henry Stewart Talks. ( ).
  • 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.

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)

  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Seminar Series.  January 2015 Global Health Distinguished Scholar Series. Malaria: Global Risk Requires Global Solutions Ithaca College. April 2013.
  • 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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