P. Bryon Backenson

P. Bryon Backenson, PhD

Infectious disease epidemiology, particularly arthropod-borne diseases. Risk communication. Public health education.

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P. Bryon Backenson, MS
Assistant Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics




 MS - Epidemiology, University at Albany School of Public Health, 1996

Research Interests

Infectious disease epidemiology, particularly arthropod-borne diseases. Risk communication. Public health education.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

Co-teach Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EPI 605)
Lecture in the Zoonoses (EPI 625)
Medical Entomology (BMS 552)
Emerging Infectious Diseases (BMS 557)
Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (EHS 590)
Undergraduate Introduction to Public Health (SPH 201)




  • Anda P, W Sanchez-Yebra, M del Mar Vitutia, E Perez Pastrana, I Rodriguez, NS Miller, PB Backenson, and JL Benach. 1996. A new Borrelia from patients with relapsing fever in Spain. The Lancet 348: 162-165. Editorial: Epidemiologic surveillance for detecting atypical Lyme disease. Same issue, pp. 141-142.
  • Garcia Monco JC, NS Miller, PB Backenson, P Anda, and JL Benach. 1997. A mouse model of spirochetal meningitis induced by its natural route of infection. J Infect Dis 175: 1243-1245.
  • Oteo JA, P Anda, PB Backenson, M del Mar Vitutia, JC Garcia Monco, I Rodriguez, and E Chaparro. 1998. Use of the C3H/He Lyme disease mouse model for the recovery of Borrelia garinii from erythema migrans lesions. Res Microbiol 149: 39-46.
  • White DJ, LD Kramer, PB Backenson, G Lukacik, G Johnson, J Oliver, JJ Howard, RG Means, M Eidson, I Gotham, V Kulasekera, S Campbell, the Arbovirus Research Laboratory, and the Statewide West Nile Virus Response Teams. 2001. Mosquito surveillance and polymerase chain reaction detection of West Nile virus, New York State. Emer Infect Dis 7: 643-649.
  • Rogers DJ, MF Myers, CJ Tucker, PF Smith, DJ White, PB Backenson, M Eidson, LD Kramer, B Bakker, and SI Hay. 2002. Predicting the distribution of West Nile fever in North America using satellite sensor data. Photogrammetric Engin & Remote Sensing 68: 112-114.
  • Kogut SJ, MA Prusinski, CD Thill, JH Lee, PB Backenson, JL Coleman, M Anand, and DJ White. 2005. The first evidence of local transmission of Babesia microti in upstate New York. Emerg Infect Dis. 11:476-478.
  • Eidson M, K Schmit, Y Hagiwara, M Anand, PB Backenson, I Gotham, and LD Kramer. 2005. Dead crow density and West Nile virus monitoring, New York. Emerg Infect Dis. 11:1370-1375.
  • Drummond CL, J Drobnack, PB Backenson, GD Ebel, and LD Kramer. 2006. Impact of trap elevation on estimates of abundance, parity rates, and body size of Culex pipiens and Culex restuans (Diptera: Culicidae). J Med Entomol. 43:177-184.
  • Prusinski MA, H Chen, JM Drobnack, SJ Kogut, RG Means, JJ Howard, J Oliver, G Lukacik, PB Backenson, and DJ White. 2006. Habitat structure associated with Borrelia burgdorferi prevalence in small mammals in New York State. Env Entomol. 35:308-319.
  • Lukacik G, M Anand, EJ Shusas, JJ Howard, J Oliver, H Chen, PB Backenson, EB Kauffman, KA Bernard, LD Kramer, and DJ White. 2006. West Nile virus surveillance in New York State 2000-2004. J Amer Mosquito Control Assoc. 22:264-271.
  • Ngo KA, JG Maffei, AP Dupuis, EB Kauffman, PB Backenson, and LD Kramer. 2006. Isolation of Bunyamwera serogroup viruses in New York State. J Med Entomol. 43:1004-
  • Young DS, LD Kramer, JG Maffei, RJ Dusek, PB Backenson, CM Mores, KA Bernard, and GD Ebel. 2008. Molecular epidemiology of eastern equine encephalitis virus, New York. Emerg Infect Dis. 14:454-
  • Knust B, A Macneil, SJ Wong, PB Backenson, A Gibbons, PE Rollin, and ST Nichol. 2011. Exposure to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, New York, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 17:1324-1325.
  • Khatchikian CE, M Prusinski, M Stone, PB Backenson, IN Wang, MZ Levy, and D Brisson. 2012. Geographical and environmental factors driving the increase in the Lyme disease vector Ixodes scapularis. Ecosphere. In press.
  • Khatchikian CE, M Prusinski, M Stone, PB Backenson, IN Wang, E Foley, SN Seifert, MZ Levy, and D Brisson. 2012. Recent and rapid population growth and range expansion of blacklegged ticks in North America. Mol Ecol. Submitted.