Project Vector Shield

In 2018 the researchers established a network of 20 sites in Indiana for repeated sampling split between rural regions and urban, suburban and exurban areas where the risk of human exposure to ticks and mosquitoes is greatest. With support from the Indiana University Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, the Indiana State Department of Health, and IU School of Medicine professor Ryan Relich, Project Vector Shield will provide valuable information to policymakers, researchers and citizens on protecting against new disease threats.

A tick species clings to the face of a white-footed mouse. The animal was discovered during a tick-collection trip. The Clay Lab

Research Team

Project Lead

  • Keith Clay, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University 


  • Ryan Relich, Department of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Karo Omodior, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington