Dana A. Focks, PhD

Research Professor

Office: EPI 473
Phone: 352-294-5148
Email: dafocks@phhp.ufl.edu


Current Research Interests

  • Developing validated assessments of the potential consequences of climate change and control strategies for dengue, malaria, schistoso-miasis, and Lyme disease
  • In collaboration with ministries of health in S.E. Asia, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Global Programs (NOAA-OGP) and WHO, developing and implementing dengue early warning and control systems based on El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) forecasts
  • Developing a pilot dengue control program using a targeted intervention in three types of especially productive containers


  • B.S. University of Florida, Zoology, 1971
  • Ph.D. University of Florida, Medical entomology, 1977

Professional Experience

1977-1990: Research Entomologist (GS-11-13), Mosquito Biology and Control Section, Insects Affecting Man and Animals Research Laboratory, ARS, USDA, Gainesville, FL.

1990 to date: Adjunct Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

1990-1996: Research Entomologist (GS-14), Modeling and Bioengineering Section, Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE), ARS, USDA, Gainesville, FL.

1996-2001: Research Entomologist (GM-15), Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Section, CMAVE, ARS, USDA, Gainesville, FL.

2002-2006: Senior Associate, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

2007-2009: Member of the Scientific and Advisory Committee for Tropical Disease Research (TDR/WHO) Business Line 5 Innovative Vector Control Interventions.

2001 to date: Principal in Infectious Disease Analysis, LLC, Gainesville, FL. Consultant or project PI in vector-borne disease epidemiology and control, early warning systems, and climate change and health impacts. Clients: World Health Organization (Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), Central Intelligence Agency, Physicians for Social Responsibility, MEDEA/MITRE Corporation, Dynamic Technologies, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, University of Florida, Ministry of the Environment (Singapore), EPA, Johns Hopkins University, Pasteur Institute (Saigon, Vietnam), National Institutes of Health and Epidemiology (Hanoi, Vietnam), NOAA’s Office of Global Programs, and the John W. Hock Company.

2010 to date: Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions and the Emerging Pathogens Institute. Focus of work is in the area of vector-borne disease epidemiology and control, modeling, climate change impacts, and early warning systems.

Selected Publications

  • Morrison AC, Minnick SL, Rocha C, Forshey BM, Stoddard S, Getis A, Focks DA, Russell KL, Olson JG, Blair PJ, Watts DW, Sihuinch M, Scott TW, Kochel TJ. 2010. Epidemiology of dengue virus in Iquitos, Peru 1999 to 2005: Interepidemic and epidemic patterns of transmission. Am J Trop Med Hyg. (in press)
  • Magori K, Legros M, Puente ME, Focks DA, Scott TW, Lloyd AL, Gould F. 2009. Skeeter Bus-ter: A stochastic, spatially explicit modeling tool for studying Aedes aegypti population replacement and population suppression strategies. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 3(9): e508.
  • Vaught JA, Focks DA, and Turrel MJ. 2009. Simulation models examining the effect of Brugian filariasis on dengue epidemics. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 80: 44-50.
  • Chadee D, Huntley S, Focks DA., Chen A. 2009. Aedes aegypti in Jamaica, West Indies: Container productivity profiles to inform control strategies. Trop Med Internat Hlth 14: 220-227.
  • Focks DA, Bangs MJ, Church C, Juffrie M, and Nalim S. 2007. A dengue control strategy based on transmission thresholds and pupal/demographic surveys in Yogyakarta, Indonesia targeting epidemiologically significant types of water-holding containers, 2007. WHO Den Bull. 31: 83-102.
  • Farrar J, Focks D, Gubler D, Barrera R, Guzman MG., Simmons C, Kalayanarooj S, Lum L, McCall PJ, Lloyd L, Horstick O, Dayal-Drager R, Nathan MB, Kroeger A. 2007. Editorial: Towards a Global Dengue Research Agenda. Trop Med Internat Hlth. 12: 695-99.
  • Alexander N, Lenhart AE, Romero-Vivas CM, Barbazan P, Morrison AC, Barrera R, Arredondo-Jimenez JI, and Focks DA. 2006. Sample sizes for identifying the key types of container occupied by dengue-vector pupae: the use of entropy in analyses of compositional data. Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 100 Suppl 1:S5-S16.
  • Nathan MB, Focks DA, and Kroeger A. 2006. Pupal/demographic surveys to inform dengue-vector control. Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 100 Suppl 1:S1-S3.
  • Focks DA and Alexander N. 2006. Multicountry study of Aedes aegypti pupal productivity survey methodology: Findings and recommendations, 2006, TDR/IRM/Den/06.1.
  • Bangs MJ and Focks DA. 2006. Abridged pupa identification key to the common container-breeding mosquitoes in urban Southeast Asia. J Am Mosq Cont Assoc. 22: 565-572.