Nicole L. Achee Research Associate Professor

Medical Entomology and Global Health
Nicole L. Achee

Research Interests:

Nicole L. Achee, PhD, is a Medical Entomologist (Research Associate Professor) within the Department of Biological Sciences and holds a joint Associate Professor appointment in the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. She has a combined 20 years of experience in vector behavior research related to the epidemiology and control of arthropod-borne diseases, including evaluation of vector ecology, habitat management and adult control strategies, disease risk modeling using GIS and remote sensing technologies, and evaluation of chemical actions against mosquito vectors under both laboratory and field conditions. She has worked in the international settings of Belize, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, South Korea, Suriname, Tanzania and Thailand. Achee was the principal investigator of a research program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on the development of spatial repellents for use in combination push-pull systems to reduce human-vector contact for dengue prevention. She is currently a Principal Investigator for a multicenter intervention trial to generate evidence of the protective efficacy of spatial repellents for prevention of malaria and dengue human infections for use towards full WHO recommendations

Achee is a Working Group member for the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES), is a Councilor and the Past-Chair of the American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), a member of the WHO Global Collaboration for the Development of Pesticides for Public Health partnership (GCDPP), a Vector Control Working Group representative of Roll Back Malaria and served as the lead scientist for the WHO Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Spatial Repellents. Her latest efforts have been serving as partner in the Worldwide Insecticide Resistance Network (WIN) and a Committee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine study: Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values. Achee co-Directs the Belize Vector and Ecology Center (BVEC) in Belize to serve as a local platform of excellence for research, training and education in public health.

 

Biography:

  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Belize, Central America
  • Ph.D. Medical Entomology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Bethesda, MD 1999-2004
  • M.Sc. Zoology, Texas A&M University (TAMU) College Station, TX 1992-1995
  • B.S. Biology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO 1988-1992

 

Recent Papers:

  • A critical assessment of vector control for dengue prevention. Achee NL, Gould F, Perkins TA, Reiner RC Jr, Morrison AC, Ritchie SA, Gubler DJ, Teyssou R, Scott TW. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 May 7;9(5):e0003655. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003655. eCollection 2015 May. Review.
  • The field evaluation of a push-pull system to control malaria vectors in northern Belize, Central America. Wagman JM, Grieco JP, Bautista K, Polanco J, Briceño I, King R, Achee NL. Malar J. 2015 Apr 29;14:184. doi: 10.1186/s12936-015-0692-5.
  • Considerations for the use of human participants in vector biology research: a tool for investigators and regulators. Achee NL, Youngblood L, Bangs MJ, Lavery JV, James S. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2015 Feb;15(2):89-102. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2014.1628.
  • Impact of a spatial repellent on malaria incidence in two villages in Sumba, Indonesia. Syafruddin D, Bangs MJ, Sidik D, Elyazar I, Asih PB, Chan K, Nurleila S, Nixon C, Hendarto J, Wahid I, Ishak H, Bøgh C, Grieco JP, Achee NL, Baird JK.
  • Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Dec;91(6):1079-87. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0735. Epub 2014 Oct 13.
  • A comparison of two commercial mosquito traps for the capture of malaria vectors in northern belize, central america. Wagman J, Grieco JP, Bautista K, Polanco J, Briceño I, King R, Achee NL. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2014 Sep;30(3):175-83. doi: 10.2987/14-6411R.1.
  • First record and demonstration of a southward expansion of Aedes albopictus into Orange Walk Town, Belize, Central America. Wagman J, Grieco JP, King R, Briceño I, Bautista K, Polanco J, Pecor J, Achee NL. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2013 Dec;29(4):380-2.
  • Spatial repellents: from discovery and development to evidence-based validation. Achee NL, Bangs MJ, Farlow R, Killeen GF, Lindsay S, Logan JG, Moore SJ, Rowland M, Sweeney K, Torr SJ, Zwiebel LJ, Grieco JP. Malar J. 2012 May 14;11:164. Review.
  • Effects of irritant chemicals on Aedes aegypti resting behavior: is there a simple shift to untreated "safe sites"? Manda H, Arce LM, Foggie T, Shah P, Grieco JP, Achee NL. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2011 Jul;5(7):e1243. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001243. Epub 2011 Jul 26.
  • Initial assessment of the acceptability of a Push-Pull Aedes aegypti control strategy in Iquitos, Peru and Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Paz-Soldan VA, Plasai V, Morrison AC, Rios-Lopez EJ, Guedez-Gonzales S, Grieco JP, Mundal K, Chareonviriyaphap T, Achee NL. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Feb;84(2):208-17. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2011.09-0615.
  • Evaluation of efficacy and duration of the stick camouflage face paint with 30% deet against mosquitoes in Belize. Lawrence KL, Benante JP, Close NC, Achee NL. US Army Med Dep J. 2009 Jul-Sep:84-90.
  • Characterization of spatial repellent, contact irritant, and toxicant chemical actions of standard vector control compounds. Achee NL, Sardelis MR, Dusfour I, Chauhan KR, Grieco JP. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2009 Jun;25(2):156-67.
  • A mark release-recapture study to define the flight behaviors of Anopheles vestitipennis and Anopheles albimanus in Belize, Central America. Achee NL, Grieco JP, Andre RG, Rejmankova E, Roberts DR. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2007 Sep;23(3):276-82.
  • Experimental evaluation of overhanging bamboo in Anopheles darlingi larval habitat selection in Belize, Central America. Achee NL, Grieco JP, Andre RG, Roberts DR, Rejmankova E. J Vector Ecol. 2006 Jun;31(1):145-51.
  • Use of remote sensing and geographic information systems to predict locations of Anopheles darlingi-positive breeding sites within the Sibun River in Belize, Central America. Achee NL, Grieco JP, Masuoka P, Andre RG, Roberts DR, Thomas J, Briceno I, King R, Rejmankova E. J Med Entomol. 2006 Mar;43(2):382-92.
  • A mark-release-recapture study using a novel portable hut design to define the flight behavior of Anopheles darlingi in Belize, Central America. Achee NL, Grieco JP, Andre RG, Rejmankova E, Roberts DR. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2005 Dec;21(4):366-79.
  • Comparison of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) resting behavior on two fabric types under consideration for insecticide treatment in a push-pull strategy. Tainchum K, Polsomboon S, Grieco JP, Suwonkerd W, Prabaripai A, Sungvornyothin S, Chareonviriyaphap T, Achee NL. J Med Entomol. 2013 Jan;50(1):59-68.