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Brian Byrd

Brian Byrd

Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Email: bdbyrd@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2607
Office: CHHS 416 Health and Human Sciences Building
Personal Website: mosquito.wcu.edu

Biography

Dr. Brian Byrd is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Health Sciences program, College of Health and Human Sciences, Western Carolina University. He received a Bachelor’s degree (Biology) from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a Master’s of Science in Public Health Parasitology, and his Doctorate (PhD) from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his studies at Tulane he was a pre‐doctoral fellow in a CDC funded training program in vector‐borne infectious diseases. Dr. Byrd is North Carolina native and now resides in Haywood County with his spouse (Dolly Pressley Byrd) and two sons (Ellery Michael and Evan Stuart). Currently, Dr. Byrd teaches courses such as Principles of Epidemiology, Medical Entomology, and Etiology of Infectious Diseases. His research focuses on domestic mosquito‐borne diseases, specifically La Crosse encephalitis and the molecular identification of arthropod vectors. He also maintains an active undergraduate research program where his students have been nationally recognized. He has authored or co‐authored peer reviewed manuscripts in discipline related journals and is an active member of a number of professional organizations including the Society for Vector Ecology and the American Mosquito Control Association.

Education

  • CERT, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Field Epidemiology
  • Ph D, Tulane University
  • MSPH, Tulane University
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Teaching Interests

Medical Entomology Epidemiology Global Health

Research Interests

Include the ecology of domestic vector-borne infectious diseases and the utility of molecular markers for discriminating closely related or cryptic mosquito species

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