Amy Morrison

Amy Morrison

BS, MSPH, PhD

Dr. Morrison has been a member of Dr. Thomas Scott’s laboratory since the fall of 1996 and has served as the Field Director for all research activities on dengue epidemiology and Aedes aegypti ecology at the Amazonian field site in Iquitos, Peru.  In addition to these duties, Amy Morrison, Ph.D. serves as the Director of the Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD) Iquitos Laboratory and is stationed in Iquitos full-time.  

Her primary research interest is vector-borne disease epidemiology and ecology, specifically the role of vector in transmission dynamics.  Although she started my career with binomics studies of the vector of American Visceral Leishmaniasis, Lutzomyia longipalpis, she has focused her research efforts on dengue since 1994.  The primary focus of this research in Iquitos has been to understand the quantitative relationship between dengue incidence and vector densities, with the goal of determining entomological transmission thresholds.  This is being accomplished through a series of prospective cohort studies (4 to date) and includes specific monitoring of Iquitos residents for anti-dengue antibodies at 6-9 month time intervals while monitoring Aedes aegypti densities the participants homes and neighborhoods. 

In the context of these studies, Dr. Morrison, along with Dr. Scott and other collaborators, have also extensively characterized the larval habitats of the vector in order to develop targeted control strategies.  Extensive operational research has been conducted to fully evaluate different vector control strategies.  In addition to her involvement with dengue at NMRCD, other surveillance and research projects continues on various arboviruses, especially VEE, Malaria, and diarrheal diseases.

Dr. Morrison holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Yale University, a M.S.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Riverside.