Jose Loaiza

Senior Collaborator (INDICASAT)
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Dr. Loaiza is a disease ecologist with expertise in vector-borne pathogens. He has a strong interest in viewing infectious disease as a system incorporating human, animal and wildlife health, in the context of the environment. His focus combines ecological field studies with laboratory-based investigations of disease pathogens, their vectors and hosts to understand their interactions and potential for disease emergence. Jose has also proficiency on population genetics, phylogeography, ecological niche modeling and genomics.

Jose was trained in Medical Entomology (M.S.) at the University of Panama (2004). Later, under the direction of Drs. Marilyn Scott and Jan E. Conn (New York State Department of Health), he received his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Entomology from McGill University, Canada (2010). Jose has been an Assistant Professor of the school of Biology (University of Panama) for more than 15 years. In 2013, The Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC), in collaboration with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), honored Jose with the APANAC-TWAS Young Investigator Award. During that year, he also became a Member of the National Board of Investigators (SNI) under the category of National Investigator. More recently, Dr. Loaiza became a Staff Scientist at INDICASAT-AIP (2014) and was became a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (2015).

Jose is collaborating with our group on several projects in emerging vector-borne disease ecology in Panama and South America. Jose and Matt co-advise several graduate students.


Application of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry to identify species of Neotropical Anopheles vectors of malaria

Mitochondrial genomes and phylogenetic analysis of Central American weakly-electric fishes: Apteronotus rostratus, Brachyhypopomus occidentalis and Sternopygus dariensis

Historical and contemporary forces combine to shape patterns of genetic differentiation in Mesoamerican Anopheles mosquitoes

Maternal invasion history of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus into the Isthmus of Panama: Implications for the control of emergent viral disease agents

Molecular ecological insights into Neotropical bird–tick interactions

Complete mitochondrial genomes of the New World jacanas – Jacana spinosa and Jacana jacana

Extreme mitogenomic divergence between two syntopic specimens of Arremon aurantiirostris (Aves:Emberizidae) in central Panama suggests possible cryptic species

Geographic expansion of the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus across Panama — Implications for control of dengue and Chikungunya viruses

Extreme sequence divergence between mitochondrial genomes of two subspecies of White-breasted Wood-wren (Henicorhina leucosticta Cabanis, 1847) from western and central Panamá

Mitochondrial genome organization of the Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Mionectes oleagineus

Mosquito-host interactions during and after an outbreak of Equine Viral Encephalitis in eastern Panama

Seasonal pattern of avian Plasmodium-infected mosquitoes and implications for parasite transmission in central Panama

Amblyomma tapirellum (Acari: Ixodidae) collected from tropical forest canopy