Lorenza Beati

Curator of the U.S. National Tick Collection - Institute for Coastal Plain Science
Professor - Biology Department

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Curriculum vitae
Personal data
Professional addressInstitute for Coastal Plain Science - Georgia Southern University
75 Georgia Avenue - Building 204
PO BOX 8056
Statesboro, GA 30460
Telephone number1-912-478-0553
Fax number1-912-478-0559
E-mail addressEmail
Education
1993Ph.D.; Unité de Rickettsies, W.H.O. Collaborative Center for Rickettsioses, University Aix-Marseille II, France
1990Medical Doctoral Thesis; Faculté de Medecine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
1987M.D.; Faculté de Medecine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
1985DEA in Parasitology (post-grad diploma); Laboratoires de Parasitologie, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Positions
1993-1996Postdoctoral Researcher; Unité de Rickettsies - W.H.O. Collaborative Center for Rickettsioses, University Aix-Marseille II, Marseille, France
1996-1999Invited Visiting Scientist and W.H.O. Fellow; Viral and Rickettsial Zoonosis Branch,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
2000-2004Associate Researcher; Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2004-2006Assistant Curator; U.S. National Tick Collection - Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
2006-2011Curator and Associate Professor; U.S. National Tick Collection - Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology and Biology Department, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
2011-presentCurator and Professor; U.S. National Tick Collection - Institute for Coastal Plain Science and Biology Department, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
2011Appointed Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC).
Teaching
LaboratoryLaboratory techniques and theoretical approach of systematic biology research projects since 1993 (vector and vector-borne diseases)
USNTCSeminars on ticks and on the USNTC to students and the public
ClassroomSpring 2007: Molecular phylogenetics

Spring 2008: Systematic Biology

Spring 2009: Systematic Biology

Fall 2010: Applied Biology (co-taught with L. Durden and W. Irby): malaria in all it's aspects.
Combined classroom and Field study abroad Summer 2009: Biodiversity and Ecology of Arthropods in the Swiss Alps (Field class abroad at the Center of Alpine Biology in Piora, Switzerland) (co-taught with E. Mondor)

Summer 2010: Biodiversity and Ecology of Arthropods in the Swiss Alps (Field class abroad at the Center of Alpine Biology in Piora, Switzerland)

Summer 2011: Biodiversity and Ecology of Arthropods in the Swiss Alps (Field class abroad at the Center of Alpine Biology in Piora, Switzerland) (co-taught with W. Irby)

Summer 2012: Biodiversity and Ecology of Arthropods in the Swiss Alps (Field class abroad at the Center of Alpine Biology in Piora, Switzerland) (co-taught with W. Irby)
Awards, fellowships, grants, and contracts
1990 Porphyrogenis Award for Medical Doctoral Thesis: Cartographic analysis of canine leishmaniasis in Corsica Faculté de Medecine, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
1990-1991Swiss National Research Foundation (Switzerland), Fellowship
1992Joined Swiss National Research Foundation (Switzerland) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Fellowship
1992Société Académique Vaudoise, Fellowship
1996-1999W.H.O. Fellowship
2003-2007Co-PI and, later, subcontractor, National Institutes of Health grant #AI 056254-01; Phylogeography of Verrucarum sand fly disease vectors
P.I. Dr Leonard E. Munstermann
2005GSU Faculty Research Grant: Genetic structure of Ixodes scapularis populations in the South-East U.S.
2007GSU Faculty Research Grant: Phylogenetic systematics of the genus Haemaphysalis.
2008Subcontract with Michigan State University - Development of microsatellite markers of I. scapularis.
2008Smithsonian Institution Internal Care and Preservation grants for maintaining the U.S. National Tick Collection and for digitizing images of the USNTC types.
2008Research Service Agreement with Ross University (St Kitts & Nevis, WI) for the study of the phylogeographical history of Amblyomma variegatum.
2009NSF Collaborative-Linked EID award #914390 - Testing alternative hypotheses for gradients in Lyme disease in the eastern United States: climate, host, community and vector genetic structure.
2010REVSYS NSF grant #1026146 - Exploiting a large existing resource for biogeographical and host-parasite data: linking immature and adult amblyommine ticks
2011 Georgia Southern University SPRInG Grant "Pilot Assessment of Murine Typhus in the Southeastern USA". PI M. Eremeeva; CO-PIs L. Durden, L. Beati
2012Georgia Southern University Academic Year 2012-2013 Award in Excellence in Research
2013Georgia Southern University Faculty Research Seed Award “Genetic diversity of Ixodes trianguliceps, a nidicolous tick which maintains pathogenic microorganisms in nature” CO-PI W. Irby.
Miscellaneous activities: consulting, workshops, and seminars
1992-1993
(4 months)
Invited Visiting Scientist; Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
1996Consultant for the Centro de Estudos de Vectores e Doenças Infecciosas Dr Ricardo Jorge, Aguas de Moura, Portugal
1997Organization with Prof. P.J. Kelly of a W.H.O. sponsored workshop on "Ticks and Rickettsiae", Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe
1998Invited seminar speaker at the International Course "Actualización en Medicina Tropical: Enfermedades Transmitidas por Vectores"
Organizaton of a workshop on PCR for the identification of Bartonella and Lutzomyia species. Universidad Nacionál Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru.
2001-2003Consultant for the Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.
2002-2003Co-organizer of the "Molecular biology in vector ecology" weekly seminar, EPH, Yale University.
2003Invited seminar speaker at the Microbiology and Immunology Department, University of San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
2005Scientific Committee for the TTP5 meeting in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2006Invited seminar speaker and workshop on tick systematics, Veterinary School, Ross university (St Kitts, West Indies)
2007Invited seminar speaker, Graduate program for MPH in Epidemiology, Introduction to Public Health Course (Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, GSU)
2007Invited seminar speaker and workshop on tick systematics, Veterinary School, Ross University (St Kitts, West Indies)
2008Invited seminar speaker and workshop on tick systematics, Veterinary School, Ross University (St Kitts, West Indies)
2008Invited lecturer: Acarology Summer Program (Med-Vet section), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2009Invited seminar speaker and workshop on tick systematics, Veterinary School, Ross University (St Kitts, West Indies)
2009GSU-Biology Department internal seminar with Dr Lance Durden: Field REsearch in a Neotropical Ecosystem in French Guiana
2009Invited seminar speaker: Systematic Research at the U.S.N.T.C., Field Museum, Chicago.
2010Organizer of the symposium "Conventional and Molecular tick Taxonomy" at the XIII International Congress of Acarology, Recife, Brazil.
2010Invited lecturer: Acarology Summer Program (Med-Vet section), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2010Invited speaker: Workshop on Neotropical Tick Systematics, Rafaela, Argentina.
2010GSU-Biology Department seminar: Research on tick systematics at the U.S.N.T.C (genera Amblyomma and Ixodes)
2011Invited Speaker: Valdosta State University - The Science seminar series: Lyme Disease: North vs. South.
2012Member of the Organizing Committee of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Entomological Society
2012Invited lecturer: Acarology Summer Program (Med-Vet section), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2012Acceptance seminar: Georgia Southern University - Focus on Excellence Lectures: Research on ticks and tick-borne diseases at the U.S. National Tick Collection
2012Invited Speaker: Savannah River Site Ecology Laboratory - Seminar: Ixodes scapularis and Lyme disease in the southern U.S.
2013 Tick boot at the GSU "i2Explore" event
2013Invited Dr Thierry de Meeus, IRD (Burkina Faso) who offered a population genetics workshop for GSU Biology and Mathematics students
2014Invited lecturer: Acarology Summer Program (Med-Vet section), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2014Invited seminar speaker at Old Dominion University: " The U.S. National Tick Collection: tick systematics
2015Co-organized with Colleen Evans, exhibit on ticks and the USNTC for the Georgia Association of Museums Conference at the GSU Museum (Statesboro, GA; January, 2015)
2015Co-organized with Colleen Evans, exhibit on ticks and the USNTC for the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon, GA, June 2015)
2016Invited lecturer: Acarology Summer Program (Med-Vet section), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2016Organized exhibit on ticks and the USNTC for the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon, GA, September, 2016)
Outreach-Links
2013 Simple key for the adult tick stages of the Eastern U.S.
2015Webinar: "Tick Ecology for Epidemiologists"
Memberships
Société Académique Vaudoise ; Entomological Society of America; The Acarological Society of America; Systematic and Applied Acarology Society; Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution; Willi Hennig Society; Society of Systematic Biologists; European Society for Evolutionary Biology.