Meet our Experts

There’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to Zika, but our team of experts—ranging from epidemiologists to entomologists—have you covered. They’re closely monitoring the spread of the mosquito-borne illness and offering useful information to help prevent transmission.


Scott Lillibridge - Zika virus expertScott Lillibridge | Epidemiology
Scott Lillibridge, M.D., is a professor of epidemiology at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, chief scientist at the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, and serves as director of health initiatives at The Texas A&M University System. CONTACT


Gerald Parker - Zika virus expertGerald Parker | Public Health Preparedness
Gerald Parker, DVM, Ph.D., M.S., serves as associate vice president for public health preparedness and response at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, principal investigator of the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, and interim director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M. CONTACT


Cristie Columbus - Zika virus expertCristie Columbus | Infectious Disease
Cristie Columbus, M.D., is vice dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas and a practicing infectious disease specialist with Baylor University Medical Center. Her research interests include infection control and prevention, and hospital epidemiology. CONTACT


Patricia Sulak - Zika virus expertPatricia Sulak | Maternal Health
Patricia Sulak, M.D., serves as a professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and director of the Wellness & Sexual Health Program at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple. CONTACT


Steven Allen - Zika virus expertSteven Allen | Maternal Health
Steven Allen, M.D., is a maternal-fetal medicine physician, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas A&M College of Medicine. CONTACT


Mark Sicilio - Zika virus expertMark S. Sicilio | Pediatrics
Mark S. Sicilio, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and a pediatrician at Baylor Scott & White in College Station. CONTACT


Jeffrey Tramonte - Zika virus expertJeffrey J. Tramonte | Neurology
Jeffrey J. Tramonte, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and director of neurology at Baylor Scott & White in Round Rock. CONTACT


Gabriel Hamer - Zika virus expertGabriel Hamer | Entomology
Gabriel Hamer, Ph.D., serves as assistant professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. His research investigates the ecology of infectious disease, with particular attention to those transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and kissing bugs.


Megan Wise de ValdezMegan Wise de Valdez | Vector Ecology
Megan Wise de Valdez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of biology at Texas A&M – San Antonio where she teaches a course on biology of disease vectors.  Her research interests include novel methods of controlling Aedes aegypti, the primary vector of Zika virus, as well as urban surveillance and behavioral ecology of this mosquito species. CONTACT


Dr HarmsKonrad Harms | Maternal Health
Dr. Konrad Harms is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Houston, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Houston area, including Houston Methodist Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed his Ob/Gyn Residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Harms is currently the Houston Methodist Hospital Ob/Gyn Residency Program Director and has academic appointments at Weill-Cornell Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M Health Science Center, and The University of Texas at Houston McGovern Medical School. CONTACT


In the News

CDC screens nearly 5,000 travelers for Zika, less than 200 test positive (CNN)

How contagious is Zika? (NPR)

Despite Zika fears, Texas doctors don’t advise delaying pregnancy (Austin American-Statesman)

Few qualms among scientists on wiping out Zika virus’ mosquito carrier (Austin American-Statesman)

Aedes mosquitoes love biting humans, and that’s why they spread viruses so well (The Conversation)

Zika: Repelentes naturales (Yahoo!)

Zika virus: Separating fact from speculation (San Antonio Express-News)

UTMB, Brazil to work together on Zika vaccine (San Antonio Express-News)

Texas universities pursue Zika vaccine work (Houston Chronicle)

Brazos County Health Department, local officials working on plan to prevent, manage Zika virus (The Eagle)

Dealing with the Zika threat (NPR)

Health experts: Texas should lead charge for Zika vaccine (KVUE ABC)

Texas Governor prepares infectious disease task force amid Zika virus arrival (Breitbart)