Upstate Medical University

Saravanan Thangamani

Director, Center for Environmental Health and Medicine

Dr. Saravanan Thangamani is a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is also the Director of the SUNY Center for Vector-borne Diseases and Vector Biocontainment Laboratories. He is an internationally renownedexpert in vector-borne diseases,specificallytick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases caused by pathogens such as the Lyme disease agent, Powassan virus, Heartland virus, Chikungunya virus, West Nile virus, and Zika virus.His research attempts to: (1) understand the environmental factors contributing to the emergence and reemergence of vector-borne diseases in the United States utilizing an innovative citizen science tick surveillance program; (2) develop anti-tick vaccines; (3) develop novel transmission control methods, including the development of transmission blocking vaccines for mosquito and tick-borne diseases; (4) vector determinants of arbovirus transmission; (5) effect of co-infections on the clinical outcome of Lyme disease; and (6) development of small animal models for pre-clinical evaluations of vaccines and therapeutics against emerging infections.