Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dawn Wesson

Associate Professor - Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Contact Info


  • B.A., North Central College, Biology and Spanish, 1983
  • M.S., University of Chicago, Illinois, Ecology, 1985
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Medical Entomology, 1991

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1999-
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1993-1999

Research & Teaching Specializations: Tropical Medicine, anthropod-borne tropical pathogens, novel vector control methods.

Related Experience

  • Member, Core Working Group for Human Subjects Protection in Vector Research, NIAID, 2009-2014
  • Director, Vector-Borne Disease Initiative, Tulane University SPHTM, 2007-
  • Director, Training Program in Vector-Borne Diseases, Tulane University, 2002-


  • Vice President and President, Louisiana Mosquito Control Assoication, 2000-2002
  • Board of Directors, Louisiana Mosquito Control Association, 1999-
  • St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Control Advisory Board, 2007-
  • New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board, 2006-
  • Louisiana Arbovirus Working Group, 2002-2010
  • New Orleans City Business Magazine, 2003 Women of the Year, 2003

Languages: Spanish

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. With Moudy R, Michaels S, Jameson S, Londono B, Lopez V, Caillouet KA, Hallmark C, Foppa IM, and Dorn PL. Analysis of household environmental factors associated with peridomestic Triatoma sanguisuga (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) presence in southeastern Louisiana, USA. J. Med. Entomol.
  • 2013. With Buekens P, Cafferata ML, Alger J, Althabe F, Belizan J, Carlier Y, Ciganda A, Dumonteil E, Gamboa-Leon R, Howard E, Matute ML, Sosa-Estani S, Truyens C, and Zuniga C. Congenital transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi in Argentina, Honduras, and Mexico: study protocol. Reprod Health 10: 55. Doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-10-55.
  • 2012. With Rider, Byrd, Keating, Caillouet. PCR detection of malaria parasites in desiccated Anopheles mosquitos is unihibited by storage time and temperature. Malaria J. 11(193)
  • 2012. With Mendenhall, Tello, Neira, Castillo, Ocampo. Host preference of the arbovirus vector Culex erraticus in Sonso Lake, Cauca Valley Department, Colombia. J. Med. Entomol. 49(4)
  • 2012. With Mendenhall, Bahl, Blum. Genetic structure of Culex erraticus populations across the Americas. J. Med. Entomol. 49(4)
  • 2012. With Ellis, Sang, Horn, Higgs. Yellow fever virus susceptibility of two mosquito vectors from Kenya, East Africa. Trans. Roy. Soc. Trop. Med. 106(6):387-389

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Medical Entomology

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7