Julián F. Hillyer, Ph.D.

 
 
Dr. Hillyer received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the mentorship of Dr. Ralph M. Albrecht and Dr. Bruce M. Christensen, respectively.  He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth D. Vernick (now at Institut Pasteur) at the University of Minnesota.  In 2007 Dr. Hillyer moved to Nashville, TN where he established Vanderbilt University's mosquito immunology and physiology laboratory as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Science.


Dr. Hillyer's long-term interests lie in the biology of pathogens in the mosquito hemocoel, focusing on aspects of physiology and immunology that limit systemic infections.  In this quest, the Hillyer lab employs molecular and imaging techniques in efforts to expand our understanding of the biology of mosquito hemocytes (immune blood cells), pericardial cells (nephrocytes), and hemolymph (insect blood) propulsion in the mosquito hemocoel (body cavity).  This research is expected to contribute to the development of novel pest and disease control strategies, and is of interest to vector biologists, insect physiologists, comparative immunologists, and evolutionary biologists.


In addition to research, Dr. Hillyer is committed to furthering Vanderbilt’s teaching mission.  He designed and currently teaches undergraduate courses in Parasitology and in Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Hillyer also mentors graduate and undergraduate students in the research laboratory, and is an active member of several national and international research societies.


For a list of Dr. Hillyer’s publications click HERE.


RECENT AWARDS:

  1. Vanderbilt University Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2011.

  2. Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry & Toxicology; Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, 2012.

  3. Elected to Council (governing board) of the American Society of Parasitologists.


Invited academic seminars:

  1. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Biological Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA, 3/3/2014.

  2. Entomology 2013, Symposium titled “The future of mosquito endocrinology”, Austin, TX, 11/10/2013.

  3. Cornell University, Department of Entomology, Ithaca, NY, 10/28/2013.

  4. Southeastern Society of Parasitologists 2013 Annual Meeting, Presidential symposium speaker, Bowling Green, KY, 4/10/2013.

  5. Meharry Medical College, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Nashville, TN, 4/4/2013.

  6. Belmont University, Department of Biology, Nashville, TN,4/2/2013.

  7. Harvard University, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases Symposium: “Towards malaria eradication: targeting the mosquito vector,” Cambridge, MA, 3/15/2013.

  8. Washington State University, Department of Entomology, Pullman, WA, 3/7/2013.

  9. XXIV International Congress of Entomology, Daegu, South Korea, 8/23/2012.

  10. University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine Infectious Disease Symposium, Madison, WI, 6/23/2012.

  11. Workshop on Innate Immunity: From Vector Resistance to Human Disease, sponsored by Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 5/21/2012.

  12. International Course on Innate Immunity, sponsored by Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 5/19/2012.

  13. University of Georgia, Department of Entomology, Athens, GA, 2/13/2012.

  14. 60th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Philadelphia, PA, 12/8/2011.

  15. University of New Mexico, Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology, Albuquerque, NM, 9/29/2011.

  16. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 5/26/2011.

  17. Western Kentucky University, Department of Biology, Bowling Green, KY, 2/4/2011.

  18. Penn State University, Department of Entomology, State College, PA, 10/22/2010.

  19. George Washington University, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, Washington, D.C., 9/1/2010.

  20. Johns Hopkins University, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Baltimore, MD, 3/18/2010.

  21. Vanderbilt University Pediatric Global Health Program Seminar Series, 2/25/10.

  22. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Entomology, Blacksburg VA, 10/15/09.

  23. VU’s Young Scholar's Medical Program Global Health Day, 7/20/2009.

  24. Meharry Medical Center, Nashville TN, 3/13/2009.

  25. Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Global Health’s Tennessee Global Health Forum, 2/27/2009.

  26. University of South Florida, Department of Global Health, Tampa FL, 2/17/2009.

  27. Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, I.D. Grand Rounds, 2/4/2009.

  28. Vanderbilt University Department of Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series, 10/28/2008.


reviewer for journals and funding agencies:

  1. Acta Tropica

  2. Applied and Environmental Microbiology

  3. BMC Genomics

  4. Cell & Tissue Research

  5. Cellular Microbiology

  6. Czech Science Foundation

  7. Developmental and Comparative Immunology

  8. Florida Entomologist

  9. Histochemistry and Cell Biology

  10. Infection and Immunity

  11. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  12. Insect Molecular Biology

  13. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

  14. Invertebrate Biology

  15. Journal of Chemical Ecology

  16. Journal of Experimental Biology

  17. Journal of Innate Immunity

  18. Journal of Insect Physiology

  19. Journal of Insect Science

  20. Journal of Medical Entomology

  21. Journal of Parasitology

  22. Journal of Visualized Experiments

  23. Malaria Journal

  24. Medical & Veterinary Entomology

  25. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

  26. Micron

  27. Microscopy & Microanalysis

  28. National Science Foundation: IOS/OEI

  29. National Science Foundation: IOS/SDS

  30. Parasites and Vectors

  31. PLoS NTDs

  32. PLoS ONE

  33. PLoS Pathogens

  34. U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation

  35. Veterinary Parasitology



Scientific Society membership and service:

  1. American Society of Parasitologists

  2. a.Student Award Committee, 2006-2008.

  3. b.Henry Baldwin Ward Medal Committee, 2008-2010.

  4. c.Nominating Committee, 2009-2010.

  5. d.Ashton Cuckler New Investigator Award Committee, 2010- present.

  6. e.Session Chair at Annual Meeting, 2008-2013.

  7. f.Elected to Council (governing board), 2012-2016

  8. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

  9. a.Young Investigator Award Committee, 2009-2011.

  10. b.Session Chair at Annual Meeting, 2009, 2010, 2011.

  11. Entomological Society of America

  12. a.Judge for the Student Ten-minute papers (TMP) competition, 2011.

  13. b.Session chair at the annual meeting, 2011-2013.

  14. c.Editorial board of American Entomologist, 2012-2015.

  15. Microscopy Society of America

  16. Sigma Xi

 

About the lab director

  1. 1)Parasitology

  2. 2)Epidemiology and control of infectious diseases

About the lab director: