Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec

Assistant Professor

Global Health Institute Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee

Office: E530 Math and Science Center 5th floor

Phone: 404-727-4217

Email: gmvazqu@emory.edu

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  • M.Sc. , University of Buenos Aires
  • Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires
  • Post-doc., Emory University


Research at the Vazquez-Prokopec lab lies at the interface between ecology, statistics and public health and aims to understand the major determinants in the occurrence, transmission and local propagation of major vector-borne and parasitic diseases. Primary research areas at the Vazquez-Prokopec lab include ecology of infectious diseases, urban ecology and global health. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to study the contribution of urban landscapes to the occurrence of vector-borne diseases, the biology and ecology of insect vectors and disease reservoir hosts, the contribution of human and vector behavior to pathogen transmission and the role of host movement in disease transmission dynamics.

Current active projects at the Vazquez-Prokopec lab study the urban ecology of West Nile virus in Atlanta, GA; the spatial epidemiology of dengue virus in Cairns, Australia; the contribution of human movement to the dynamics of dengue virus transmission in Iquitos, Peru; the contribution of animal movement on pathogen spillover into Gombe National Park, Tanzania; the eco-epidemiology of Chagas disease in northwestern Argentina.    

Courses taught

ENVS483/EH583 Spatial Analysis in Disease Ecology

ENVS459 Urban Ecology and Development (Fall 2013)

ENVS460 Research Design and Practice in Environmental Studies (co-taught with Eri Saikawa, Fall 2013)

ENVS Research Sequence (ENVS 299, 399, 499)

Faculty Mentor for for SIRE (Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory)

Faculty Mentor for SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory)


Selected Publications

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30) Bisanzio D., Giacobini M., Bertolotti L., Mosca A., Balbo L., Kitron U., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M. Spatio-temporal patterns of distribution of West Nile virus vectors in Eastern Piedmont, Italy. BMC Parasites and Vectors, 4: 230. PDF!

​29) Ceballos L.A., Piccinali R.V., Marcet, P.L., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Cardinal M.V., Schachter-Broide J., Dujardin J.P, Dotson, E.M., Kitron U., Gürtler R.E. Hidden sylvatic foci of the main vector of Chagas disease Triatoma infestans: threats to the vector elimination campaign?. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 5(10): e1365. PDF!.

​28) Martin A.J., Rich T.H., Hall M., Vickers-Rich P., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M. 2011. A polar dinosaur-track assemblage from the Eumeraella Formation (Albian), Victoria, Australia. Alcheringa. 1-18. ISSN 0311-5518. PDF!

​​27) Vazquez-Prokopec G.M. 2011. Editorial: Dengue: the challenge ahead. Future Microbiology, 6(3): 251-253 PDF!.               

26) Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Kitron U., Montgomery B., Horne P., Ritchie S.A. Quantifying the spatial dimension of dengue virus epidemic spread within a tropical urban environment. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 4(12): e920 PDF!.

25) Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Chaves L.F., Ritchie S.A., Davis J., Kitron U. Unforeseen costs of cutting mosquito surveillance budgets. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 4(10): e858. PDF!

24) Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Vandeng Eng J., Kelly R., Mead D., Kolhe P., Howgate J., Kitron U. ad Burkot T. 2010. West Nile Virus Infection is Associated with Combined Sewage Overflow Streams in Urban Atlanta, Georgia. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(10): 1382-1388. PDF!

23) Chaves L.F., Keogh C.L., Nguyen A.M., Decker G.M., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Kitron U. Combined sewage overflow accelerates immature development and increases body size in the urban mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus. Journal of Applied Entomology, PDF!.

22) Khan O., Davenhall D., Ali M., Castillo-Salgado C., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Kitron U., Soares Magalhães R., Clements A. 2010. GIS and Tropical Medicine: A review. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 104: 303-318. PDF!.​

21) Paz-Soldan V.A., Stoddard S.T., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Morrison A.C., Elder  J.P., Kitron U., Kochel T.J., Scott T.W. 2010. Assessing and Maximizing the Acceptability of GPS Device Use for Studying the Role of Human Movement in Dengue Virus Transmission in Iquitos, Peru. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 82(4): 723-730. PDF!

20) Martin A.J., Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Page M. 2010. First Known Feeding Trace of the Eocene Bottom-Dwelling Fish Notogoneus osculus and its Paleontological Significance. PLoS ONE, 5(5): e10420. PDF!

19) Vazquez-Prokopec  G.M., Stoddard S.T., Paz-Soldan V., Morrison A.C., Elder J.P., Kochel T.J., Scott T.W. AND Kitron U. 2009. Usefulness of commercially available GPS data-loggers for tracking human movement and risk of dengue virus infection. BMC International Journal of Health Geographics, 8:68. PDF!

​18) Vazquez-Prokopec G.M., Galvin W., Kelly R., Kitron U. 2009. A new, cost-effective, battery-powered aspirator for adult mosquito collections. Journal of Medical Entomology, 46(6): 1256-1259. PDF!