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Arbovirus Researcher Joins Entomology Department in January

The Department of Entomology will be adding a new faculty member in January.

Gabriel (Gabe) Hamer will be joining the Department on January 16 with an initial three year appointment to set up an arbovirus research program to study arthropod-borne viruses. In addition to arbovirus, he will also bring a National Science Foundation subcontract to study West Nile Virus.

Before joining the Department, Hamer received his PhD from  Michigan State University working under in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in Dr. Edward (Ned) Walker’s Insect Microbiology Lab.  He went on from his dissertation research to a postdoctoral research associate position with Dr. Tony Goldberg at the University of Wisconsin Madision in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.  While at Wisconsin, he developed a novel technique to study  Culex mosquito dispersal using stable isotopes for a mark-recapture study that was focused on West Nile Virus epidemiology.  In addition he worked on modeling the community structure and investigating parasites that co-circulate with West Nile Virus in the insect vector. 

While at Michigan State, he also worked as an adjunct assistant professor with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. Hamer was co-instructor for the Introductory Fisheries and Wildlife Field Experience in 2007 and lead instructor in 2008. He also was a co-instructor for the Uganda study abroad course during the summer of 2008, as well as guest lecturer for several courses at the university.

Hamer will teach  one semester of Veterinary Entomology course (ENTO 208) along with developing an advanced graduate course in the general area of vector biology.  . His wife, Dr. Sarah Hamer. DVM, PhD, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical sciences. 

Hamer received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior from Michigan State University and his Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois.