Photo of Derrick MathiasDerrick K. Mathias

Assistant Professor

DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY AND PLANT PATHOLOGY

EDUCATION

2009-2010 MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; Infectious
Diseases, Thesis: “Emergence of Insecticide Resistance in Anopheles gambiae and
Implications for Malaria Control in Western Kenya”; Advisor: D.E. Norris
1999-2006 PhD, University of Oregon, Department of Biology, Eugene, OR; Evolutionary Biology,
Dissertation: “Evolution of a Seasonal Adaptation in the Pitcher-Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia
smithii
”; Advisors: W.E. Bradshaw and C.M. Holzapfel.
1992-1996 BS, University of Memphis, Department of Biology, Memphis, TN

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University,
Auburn, AL
2010-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. Postdoctoral Advisor: Rhoel R. Dinglasan
2007-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Center for Global
Health Research, Kisumu, Kenya; Postdoctoral Advisors: John E. Gimnig (CDC), Edward D.
Walker (Michigan State University)

AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS

2011-2013 The Calvin A. & Helen L. Lang Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health
2007-2009 American Society for Microbiology/Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases Postdoctoral
Fellowship
2003-2004 National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)
in Genomics, Evolution, and Development
2000-2002 National Institutes of Health Genetics Training Fellowship
1992-1996 Academic Excellence Scholarship, University of Memphis

PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS

2013-Present Reviewer, Journal of Medical Entomology
2013-Present Reviewer, PLOS One
2011-Present Consultant, PATH-MVI Working Group on Transmission-Blocking Assays
2010-Present Reviewer, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
2010-Present Member, Entomological Society of America
2007-Present Member, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

FUNDING

2011-2013 Mathias, D. (PI), Dinglasan, R (Co-PI), “Vector fitness study of a mosquito-based,
pan-malaria transmission-blocking vaccine”, PATH-Malaria Vaccine Initiative
2004-2005 Mathias, D. (PI), Bradshaw W.E. (Co-PI), “Circadian-clock genes and variation in
photoperiodic time measurement: A role for timeless?”, National Science Foundation,
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

COURSES TAUGHT

ENTM 7330 Medical and Veterinary Entomology

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

  • Ruecker A, Mathias DK, Straschil U, Churcher TS, Dinglasan RR, et al. 2014. A male and female gametocyte functional viability assay to identify biologically relevant malaria transmission-blocking drugs. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (in press).
  • Mathias DK, Jardim JG, Parish LA, Armistead JS, Trinh HV, et al. 2014. Differential roles of an anopheline midgut GPI-anchored protein in mediating Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax ookinete invasion. Infection, Genetics and Evolution (in press).
  • Tao D, Ubaida-Mohien C, Mathias DK, King JG, Pastrana-Mena R, et al. 2014. Sex-partitioning of the Plasmodium falciparum stage V gametocyte proteome provides insight into falciparum-specific cell biology. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 13:2705-2724.
  • Armistead JA, Morlais I, Mathias DK, Jardim JG, Joy J, et al. 2014. Antibodies to a single, conserved epitope in Anopheles APN1 inhibit universal transmission of Plasmodium falciparum andPlasmodium vivax malaria. Infection and Immunity 82(2):818-829.
  • Mathias DK, Pastrana-Mena R, Ranucci E, Tao D, Ferruti P, et al. 2013. A small molecule glycosaminoglycan mimetic blocks Plasmodium invasion of the mosquito midgut. PLOS Pathogens 9(11): e1003757.
  • Ubaida Mohien C, Colquhoun DR, Mathias DK, Gibbons JG, Armistead JS, et al. 2013. A bioinformatic approach for integrated transcriptomic and proteomic comparative analyses of model and non-sequenced anopheline vectors of human malaria parasites. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 12:120-131.
  • Mathias DK, Plieskatt JL, Armistead JS, Bethony JM, Abdul-Majid KB, et al. 2012. Expression, immunogenicity, histopathology, and potency of a mosquito-based malaria transmission-blocking recombinant vaccine. Infection and Immunity 80(4):1606-1614.
  • Mathias DK, Ochomo E, Atieli F, Ombok M, Bayoh N, et al. 2011. Spatial and temporal variation in the kdr allele L1014S in Anopheles gambiae s.s. and phenotypic variability in susceptibility to insecticides in western Kenya. Malaria Journal 10:10.
  • Bayoh MN, Mathias DK, Odiere MR, Mutuku FM, Kamau L, et al. 2010. Anopheles gambiae s.s.: Historical population decline associated with regional distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets in western Nyanza Province, Kenya. Malaria Journal 9:62.