Brian Foy '94, PhD
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases
Colorado State University
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"My wild adventures in science: From A(nopheles) to Z(ika)"
Abstract: From humble beginnings studying mosquitoes and midges in the basement of Galvin and on the cold bogs of the Upper Peninsula at UNDERC, Colorado State University Professor Brian Foy (Class of ’94) has gone on to study malaria and arboviral diseases and lead clinical trials in West Africa. In this circuitous journey, he managed to get infected with Zika virus and made a key discovery about the virus years before the pandemic of 2016. This is a story about science, sex, and serendipity.
Bio: Dr. Foy is a Professor and member of the Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases at Colorado State University. He works with vectors and vector-borne pathogens to span research across both basic and applied biology. This reflects Dr. Foy's diverse interests and training, from his undergrad at Notre Dame in medical entomology, anthropology and ecology and graduate school training at Tulane in molecular and cellular biology, immunology and tropical medicine research. His current interests lie in defining concepts that govern blood meal acquisition and digestion by vectors, and parasite and arbovirus transmission from vertebrates to vectors and vice versa. Dr. Foy is also very keen on using that knowledge, combined with the epidemiological concepts that define vector-borne diseases, to practically control their transmission.