Professor, Department of Entomology
Dr. Harrington is currently Professor of Entomology at Cornell University. She earned a PhD in Entomology in 1999 from the University of Massachusetts and completed Postdoctoral training at the University of California at Davis. Professor Harrington became interested in global health issues and vector-borne diseases after living and working for several years in rural Thailand. She contracted both dengue and malaria while living abroad and realized the impact these infections have on children and adults in resource poor nations. Her research focuses on the biology, ecology and behavior of mosquitoes that transmit human diseases. Current research projects in her laboratory address the blood feeding and mating behavior of mosquito vectors of dengue fever, Zika, Chikungunya, West Nile virus and malaria. She also studies human and animal-mosquito interactions and the role of climate change and globalization on emerging vector borne diseases. Dr. Harrington studies mosquito biology in the field locally as well as abroad, with past or present field sites in Thailand, Tanzania, and Mexico. Dr. Harrington has no formal extension appointment, but she is active in extension and outreach activities in New York and the Northeastern United States, and recently served as director of the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases with a focus on addressing pressing questions in vector biology and control in the NE USA. She offers courses in Medical and Veterinary Entomology (ENTOM 3520), a non-majors course, Plagues and People (BIO&SOC/ENTOM 2100), she teaches the malaria module of Introduction to Global Health (NS 2060), and she has offered seminars with international service learning formats (ENTOM 4100: Malaria Interventions in Ghana and ENTOM 4110: Health Care in Honduras). Harrington mentors undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of entomology, ecology and evolutionary biology, comparative biomedical sciences, biomathematics, general biology, animal science, and biology and society. Professor Harrington has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and 3 scientific book chapters; many of these have focused on the biology and behavior of Aedes disease vectors. Her research has been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, Gates foundation, USDA and Centers for Disease Control.
2001 Post-doctoral University of California, Davis, CA
1999 Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
1993 M.S. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
1990 B.S. St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Awards & Honors
- Donald C. Burgett Distinguished Advisor Award. Selected by the Cornell CALS senior class for outstanding undergraduate advising, 2020
- Entomological Society of America Recognition Award in Medical, Urban, & Veterinary Entomology 2019
- Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, 2015-present
- North Carolina State University Outstanding Alumna Award 2015
- Eastern Branch ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching 2012, 2013
- Provosts Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Cornell University 2010
- CALS Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research Award, April 2006
- ENTOM 4520/4521 Introduction to Disease Vectors
- ENTOM 2100/BIO&SOC2100 Plagues and People
- ENTOM 6540 Vector Biology in Practice
- ENTOM 6530 Control of Disease Vectors
- ENTOM 6520: Malaria Biology and Control
- Cator L.C, Wyer CAS and L.C Harrington. 2021. Mosquito sexual selection and reproductive control programs. Trends in Parasitology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2020.11.009
- Harrington L.C., Foy B and M. Bangs. 2020. Considerations for the use of Human Blood Feeding and Arthropod Exposure in Vector Biology Research: An Essential Tool for Investigations and Disease Control. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1089/vbz.2020.2620
- Burtis JC, Poggi JD, McMillan JR, Crans SC, Campbell SR, Isenberg A, Pulver J, Casey P, White K, Zondag C, Badger JR, Berger R, Betz J, Giordano S, Kawalkowski M, Petersen GL, Williams G, Andreadis TG, Armstrong PM, and LC Harrington. 2020. NEVBD Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Network: Establishing a Centralized Network to Increase Regional Capacity for Pesticide Resistance Detection and Monitoring. Journal of Medical Entomology, https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjaa236
- Fikrig K, Peck S, Deckerman P, Dang S, St Fleur K, Goldsmith H, Qu S, Rosenthal H. and Harrington LC. 2020. Sugar feeding patterns of New York Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are affected by environmental dryness, flowers, and host seeking. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.26.009779
- Degner, E., Ahmed-Braimah, Y., Borziak, K., Wolfner, M.F. Harrington, LC and Dorus, S. 2019. Proteins, transcripts, and genetic architecture of seminal fluid and sperm in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. 18 (Supplement 1) S6-S22; https://doi.org/10.1074/mcp.RA118.001067.
- Shragai, T and L.C. Harrington. 2019. Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) on an Invasive Edge: Abundance, Spatial Distribution, and Habitat Usage of Larvae and Pupae Across Urban and Socioeconomic Environmental Gradients. Journal of Medical Entomology. 56(2): 472-482. DOI: 10.1093/jme/tjy209
- League GP, Baxter LL, Wolfner MF, and LC Harrington. 2019. Male accessory gland molecules inhibit harmonic convergence in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Current Biology. 29(6): R196-R197.
- Villarreal SM, Pitcher S, Helinski MEH, Johnson L, Wolfner MF, Harrington LC. 2018. Male contributions during mating increase female survival in the disease vector mosquito Aedes aegypti. J Insect Phys. 108:1-9. PMCID: PMC4764262
- Degner, EC and LC Harrington. 2016. A mosquito sperm’s journey from male ejaculate to egg: mechanisms, molecules and methods for exploration. Molecular Reproduction and Development. Volume 83, (10): 897-911
- Harrington LC, Fleisher A, Ruiz-Moreno D, Vermeylen F, Wa, C, Poulson RL, Edman JD, Clark JM, Jones JW, Kitthawee S, and Scott TW. 2014. Heterogeneous feeding patterns of the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti, on individual human hosts in rural Thailand. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. PMID: 25102306, PMCID: PMC4125296.
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Laura in the news
The Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, led by Cornell, has received a five-year, $8.7 million award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to train and educate vector-borne disease professionals.
- Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases
- Department of Entomology
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- Cornell Botanic Gardens
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