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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Dr. Bryan Victor Giordano

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Bryan Giordano

Research Assistant Scientist


b.giordano@ufl.edu

Research Overview

I am a Research Assistant Scientist for the Applied Mosquito Research Program at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. The goal of my research program is to evaluate the efficiency of mosquito and arbovirus surveillance through field sampling, data analyses using ecological statistics, and virus detection from field-collected specimens. During my Ph.D. I received extensive training in the fields of mosquito collection and arbovirus detection and quantification (e.g., qPCR, plaque assay), which I used to develop optimized mosquito and arbovirus surveillance schemes.

Comprehensive and robust surveillance programs are required to monitor mosquito and arbovirus distributions in time and space. Surveillance data is utilized by mosquito control and public health agencies to identify arbovirus transmission foci and justify when and where pesticide applications are necessary. Selecting the right surveillance tools is an essential step as trap bias can produce inaccurate estimates of mosquito and arbovirus abundance and diversity.

Utilizing sampling methodologies that preferentially collect gravid and blood-engorged mosquitoes improves the likelihood of detecting virus-positive mosquitoes. Mosquito pool testing is a cost-effective method of arbovirus surveillance and provides mosquito control and public health agencies with species-specific information sets that can be used to inform mosquito management programs. By comparing mosquito infection rates across different trap types and vertical strata, my program deliverables provide valuable information regarding trap bias, gaps in surveillance efforts, while improving our knowledge of horizontal and vertical distributions of vector abundance and arbovirus prevalence. These data can be used to develop enhanced surveillance and control programs, reduce the financial and labor burden of mosquito control agencies, and improve our ability to identify arboviral foci.

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Bryan Giordano

Research Assistant Scientist


b.giordano@ufl.edu

  • B.Sc. Honours Biophysics, Brock University, 2012
  • Ph.D. Biotechnology, Brock University, 2018
  • Post-Doctorate, University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory 2019
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Bryan Giordano

Research Assistant Scientist


b.giordano@ufl.edu

Publications

  • McGregor BL, Giordano BV, Runkel A, Nigg H, Nigg L, Burkett-Cadena N (2020). Laboratory and field evaluation of non-target effects associated with deltamethrin and malathion use in Florida. Economic Entomology. Accepted.

  • Giordano BV, McGregor BL, Runkel A, Burkett-Cadena N (2020). Chronic effects of Deltamethrin on the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. Accepted.

  • Giordano BV, Allen B, Wishard R, Xue RD, Campbell LP (2020). Light trap collections utilizing dry ice and octenol attractants in adjacent mosquito control districts. Florida Entomologist. Accepted.

  • Giordano BV, Tressler MJ, Campbell LP (2020). Mosquito community composition, seasonal distributions, and trap bias in northeastern Florida. Journal of Medical Entomology 57:1501-1509.

  • Giordano BV, Gasparotto A, Liang P, Nelder MP, Russell C, Hunter FF (2020). Discovery of an Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus population and first records of Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti in Canada. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 34:10-16.

  • Giordano BV (2018). Transmission dynamics and epidemiology of West Nile virus in Ontario, Canada [Ph.D. dissertation]. Brock University: St. Catharines, Canada. Available at: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/13912

  • Giordano BV, Turner KW, Hunter FF (2018). Geospatial analysis and seasonal distribution of West Nile virus vectors (Diptera: Culicidae) in Southern Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15:614.

  • Giordano BV, Kaur S, Hunter FF (2017). West Nile virus in Ontario, Canada: A twelve-year analysis of human case prevalence, mosquito surveillance, and climate data. PLoS One 12:e0183568.

  • Agbulos DS, Barelli L, Giordano BV, Hunter FF (2016). Zika virus: Quantification, propagation, detection, and storage. Current Protocols in Microbiology 43:15D.4.1-15D.4.16.

  • Giordano BV, Gasparotto A, Hunter FF (2015) Checklist of the 67 mosquitoes of Ontario, Canada. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 31:101-103.

  • Hunter FF, Causarano J, Gasparotto A, Giordano BV (2015). Establishment of Culex (Melanoconion) erraticus (Diptera: Culicidae) in Southern Ontario, Canada. Journal of Medical Entomology 52:509-512.

  • Giordano BV, Hunter FF (2014). Abundance and seasonal distribution of four West Nile virus vectors in the Niagara Region, Ontario in 2013. Ontario Insects 19:63-68.