Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences [Dept. of Entomology]

Dina Fonseca, Associate Professor


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Areas of Interest
Infectious Diseases, Mosquito Control, and Evolutionary Ecology.

Teaching Areas
Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Ecology.

Memberships and Professional Service
Research Associate, Patrick Center for Environmental Science, Academy of Natural Sciences, 2007-present; Invited Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Microbiology Department, "Emerging infectious Diseases", 2003, 2004, and 2006; Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2001-present; Assistant Curator of Molecular Ecology, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences.

Grants, Honors, and Awards
Principal Investigator, Charles and Johanna Busch Biomedical Research Grant, Rutgers University, "Transfer of useful genes across hybrid zones in the Culex pipiens complex," 2007-2009; Principal Investigator, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Wadsworth Center, New York Department of Health, "U.S. Based Collaboration in Emerging Viral and Prion Diseases," 2002-2009.


  • Smith JL, Keyghobadi N, Matrone MA, Escher RL and Fonseaca DM. 2005. Cross-species comparison of microsatellite loci in the Culex pipiens complex and beyond. Molecular Ecology Notes 5(3): 697-700. PDF (Please note that the accepted abbreviation for Culex is Cx. In this paper, the editors chose to use a one-letter abbreviation for Culex pipiens, but correctly used Cx. for Culex quinquefasciatus.)
  • Unger KP, Keyghobadi N, Weintraub JD, Fonseca DM. 2005. Remnant populations of the regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia) in Pennsylvania: local genetic structure in a high gene flow species Conservation Genetics (accepted pending revision).Li C, Wilkerson RC and Fonseca DM. 2005. Isolation of polymorphic microsatellite markers from the malaria vector Anopheles marajoara (Diptera: Culicidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 5(1): 65-67.
  • Spielman A, Andreadis TG, Apperson CS, Cornel AJ, Day JF, Edman JD, Fish D, Harrington LC, Kiszewski AE, Lampman R, Lanzaro GC, Matuschka F-R, Munstermann LE, Nasci RS, Norris DE, Novak RJ, Pollack RJ, Reisen WK, Reiter P, Savage HM, Tabachnick WJ, Wesson DM, Fonseca DM, Keyghobadi N, Malcolm C, Mogi M, Schaffner F, Fleischer RC, and Wilkerson RC. 2004. Outbreak of West Nile virus in North America. Science 306 (5701): 1473-1475.
  • Fonseca DM, Keyghobadi N, Malcolm C, Mehmet C, Mogi M, Schaffner F, Fleischer RC, and Wilkerson RC. 2004. Emerging vectors in the Culex pipiens complex. Science 303:1535-1538.
  • Smith JL and Fonseca DM 2004. Rapid assays for identification of members of the Culex (Culex) pipiens complex, their hybrids, and other sibling species (Diptera: Culicidae) American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 70(4): 339-345.
  • Keyghobadi N, Matrone MA, Ebel GD, Kramer, LD, and Fonseca DM. 2004. Microsatellite loci from the northern house mosquito (Culex pipiens), a principal vector of West Nile virus in North America. Molecular Ecology Notes 4: 20-22
  • Hagedorn M, Lance SL, Fonseca DM, Kleinhans FW, Artimov D, Fleischer R, Hoque ATMS, Hamilton MB and Pukazhenthi BS 2002. Altering Fish Embryos With Aquaporin-3: An Essential Step Toward Successful Cryopreservation. Biology of Reproduction 67(3):961-966.
  • Fonseca DM, Scott Campbell S, Crans WJ, Mogi M, Miyagi I, Tome T, Bullians M, Andreadis TG, Berry RL, Pagac B, Sardelis M, and Wilkerson RC 2001. Aedes (Finlaya) japonicus (Diptera: Culicidae) a newly recognized mosquito in the USA: analyses of genetic variation in the US and putative source populations. Journal of Medical Entomology. 38(2): 135-146.
  • Fonseca DM and Hart DD 2001. Colonization history masks habitat preferences in local distributions of stream insects. Ecology 82 (10): 2897–2910.
  • Fonseca DM, LaPointe D and Fleischer RC 2000. Bottlenecks and multiple introductions: population genetics of Culex quinquefasciatus, the vector of avian malaria in Hawaii. Molecular Ecology 9:1803-1814.

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