John Grieco Research Professor

Ecology of Vector-Borne Diseases
John Grieco

Research Interests:

Dr. Grieco currently manages a multidisciplinary research program with a focus on the biology, ecology and transmission dynamics of vector-borne illness. He has a long history of working on vector borne disease throughout the tropics and his research centers on malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Chagas, and rickettsial pathogens. He maintains active collaborations in South Korea, Thailand, Nepal, India, Peru, Mexico and Belize, as well as a number of industry partners in BASF and SC Johnson. Dr. Grieco has an extensive history in the design of novel repellents, irritants and toxicants for disease vectors. He has developed a number of field and laboratory assays for identifying and optimizing behavior-modifying compounds for use in the control of mosquito, sand fly and triatome vectors. Dr. Grieco is co-director of the Belize Vector and Ecology Center.



  • Research Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN 2021-Present
  • Research Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN 2014-2021
  • Associate Director, Eck Institute for Global Health, Notre Dame, IN
  • Associate Professor, Division of Tropical Public Health, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • Ph.D, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
  • M.S., Texas A&M University
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame


Recent Papers:

  • 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. 2014. Impact of a spatial repellent on malaria incidence in two villages in Sumba, Indonesia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 91(6): pp. 1079-1087.
  • Chauhan KR, Khanna H, Bathini NB, Le TC, Grieco JP. 2014. Biobased lactams as novel arthropod repellents. Natural Product Communications. 9(12): pp. 1671-1672.
  • Angkasekwinai N, Atkins EH, Johnson RN, Grieco JP, Ching WM, Chao CC. 2014. Rapid and sensitive detection of Bartonella bacilliformis in experimentally infected sand flies by loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) of the Pap31 gene. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 8(12): pp. 1-7. e3342.
  • Boonyuan W, Grieco JP, Bangs MJ, Prabaripai A, Tantakom S, Chareonviriyaphap T. 2014. Excito-repellency of essential oils against an Aedes aegypti (L.) field population in Thailand. Journal of Vector Ecology. 39(1): pp. 112-122.
  • Wagman J, Grieco JP, Bautista K, Polanco J, Briceño I, King R, Achee NL. 2014. A comparison of two commercial mosquito traps for the capture of malaria vectors in Northern Belize, Central America. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 30(3): pp. 175-183.