Nicole Arrigo

Associate Director
Center for Tropical Research

Tel: (310) 206-5208

Research Interests

Nicole is working towards the establishment of the Congo Basin Initiative (CBI), a unique and sustainable infrastructure to focus on critical issues that face the local and international community: environmental devestation, human and animal health, and social development. Integral to these efforts are her previous experiences in public health, epidemiology, and research focused on the ecology, evolution, and transmission of emerging infectious diseases, with an emphasis on vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens.

Before joining the Center for Tropical Research, Nicole worked as a postdoctoral research scientist in Pathogen Discovery at Columbia University. She earned her BS in Biology from Brandeis University (1999), an MPH in epidemiology from the University of Hawaii (2002), and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB, 2010). Her research has focused on the detection and transmission of known and unknown emerging infectious diseases and the ecology and evolution of arboviruses, primarily the alphavirus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Nicole has participated in numerous international research activities and workshops, and has held positions as an Environmental Analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a field-based researcher on West Nile virus projects at Harvard University, and conducting vector surveillance with the Georgia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Organizational Affiliations

11/11 - Present
Secretary,Subcommittee on Inter-Relationships Among Catalogued Arboviruses (SIRACA of the American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses (ACAV), American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)

Chair, Togaviridae Study Group, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)

Member, Society of Vector Ecology (SOVE)

IACUC Committee Member, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Select Publications

Arrigo NC, Lipkin WI. Microbe Hunting And Pathogen Discovery. In: Institute of Medicine (US). Improving Food Safety Through a One Health Approach: Workshop Summary. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2012.

Arrigo NC, Calisher CH, Drebot MA, Hjelle B, LeDuc JW, Powers AM, Repik PM, Roehrig JT, Schmaljohn CS, Tesh RB, Weaver SC.Recommendations for publication of viral genetic data and sample access for novel virus entities. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Feb;86(2):189-91.

Arrigo NC, Adams AP, Newman PA, Watts DM, Weaver SC. Cotton rats and house sparrows as hosts for North and South American strains of eastern equine encephalitis virus. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Sep;16(9):1373-80.

Auguste AJ, Adams AP, Arrigo NC, Martinez R, Travassos da Rosa AP, Adesiyun AA, Chadee DD, Tesh RB, Carrington CV, Weaver SC.Isolation and Characterization of Sylvatic Mosquito-borne Viruses in Trinidad: Enzootic transmission and a new potential vector of Mucambo virus. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Dec;83(6):1262-5.

Arrigo NC, Adams AP, Weaver SC. Evolutionary Patterns of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in North versus South America Suggest Ecological Differences and Taxonomic Revision. J. Virol. 2010 Jan;84(2):1014-25.

Arrigo NC, Watts DM, Frolov I, Weaver SC. Experimental infection of Aedes sollicitans and Aedes taeniorhynchus with two chimeric Sindbis/Eastern equine encephalitis virus vaccine candidates. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2008 Jan;78(1):93-7.

Auguste AJ, Volk SM, Arrigo NC, Martinez R, Ramkissoon V, Adams AP, Thompson NN, Adesiyun AA, Chadee DD, Foster JE, Travassos Da Rosa AP, Tesh RB, Weaver SC, Carrington CV. Isolation and phylogenetic analysis of Mucambo virus (Venezuelan equine encephalitis complex subtype IIIA) in Trinidad. Virology. 2009 Sep 15;392(1):123-30.

Smith DR, Arrigo NC, Leal G, Muehlberger LE, Weaver SC. Infection and dissemination of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus in the epidemic mosquito vector, Aedes taeniorhynchus. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 Jul;77(1):176-87.

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