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Diana Ortiz Matos

Diana Ortiz Matos

Associate Professor

Biology Faculty

(724) 946-7784

Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
Mailbox: 115


About Me


Ph.D., Environmental Health/Vector-borne Diseases, University of South Carolina 
M.S., Biology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 
B.S., Biology, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Professional Training

Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Biodefense and Tropical Diseases/Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

Areas of Expertise

Vector Biology
Environmental Health

Courses Taught

Biology of Infectious Diseases
Global and American Epidemics
Foundations of Biology
Concepts of Biology

Research Interests

Vector-borne diseases
Mosquito and Tick model systems
Environmental Health


My research interests include the study of the epidemiology, biology, and ecology of vector-borne diseases (especially mosquito- and tick-borne diseases), vector biology, and environmental health. Typically, my research involves both field and laboratory projects, which include the development and maintenance of mosquito colonies. Field studies with students have taken place in rural Pennsylvania as well as in the tropics of Costa Rica.

Languages: English, Spanish