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Michael von Fricken, MPH, PhD

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Dr. Michael E. von Fricken is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Global and Community Health. His research interests include vector-borne disease surveillance, control, and pathogen discovery. He has ongoing projects in Kenya, Mongolia, and Haiti focusing specifically on emerging pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks, and has conducted international training workshops on appropriate field methodology and data management for vector borne disease research. His work has had a direct impact guiding treatment policies of Rickettsial infections in Mongolia and the management of malaria in Haiti. He received his PhD from the University of Florida and completed his postdoctoral fellowship with Duke University, Division of Infectious Disease. He is now currently a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, and holds a Visiting Scientist designation with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Diagnostic Systems Division, based out of Fort Detrick, MD.


Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Infectious Disease, Duke University (2016)

PhD, Public Health, University of Florida (2014)

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Florida (2011)

BS, Health Sciences, James Madison University (2008)

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Student Mentees*, Co-first author†

Gao ZH, Huang TH, Jiang BG, Jia N, Liu ZX, Shao ZT, Jiang RR, Liu HB, Wei R, Li YQ, Yao HW, von Fricken ME, Jiang J, Du CH, Cao WC. Wide Distribution and Genetic Diversity of Babesia microti in Small Mammals from Yunnan Province, Southwestern China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; Accepted 8/23/2017.

Stephenson CJ, Rossheim ME, Frankenfeld CL, Boncy J, Okech BA, von Fricken ME. Cross-sectional analysis of the association between bedtime and malaria exposure in the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments of Haiti. Acta Trop 2017; 176:188-191. PMID: 28818627

Boldbaatar B†, Jiang RR†, von Fricken ME, Lkhagvatseren S, Nymadawa P, Bekhochir B, Wang Y, Anderson BA, Jiang JF, Gray GC. Distribution and Molecular Characteristics of Rickettsiae Found in Ticks across Central Mongolia. Parasit Vectors. 2017; 10(1):61. PMID: 28153052

Painter J, DiClemente R, von Fricken ME. Brief Report: Interest in an Ebola vaccine among a U.S. national sample during the 2015-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Vaccine. 2017; 35(4):508-512. PMID: 28040206

Weppelmann TA†, von Fricken ME†, Wilfong T†, Aguenza E*, Telisma T, Okech BA. Field trial of the CareStartTM Biosensor Analyzer for the Determination of Glucoe-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase Activity in Haiti. Am J of Trop Med Hyg. August 2017; [epub] PMID: 28820691

Weppelmann TA, von Fricken ME, Masse R, Gelin G, Morris JG, Okech BA, Beau de Rochars V. Indicators of growth and anemia in schoolchildren from the Ouest and Sud-Est departments of Haiti: a cross-sectional study. BMC Nutrition. 2016; 2:68

Weppelmann TA, Burne A, von Fricken ME, Elbadry M, Beau de Rochars V, Boncy J, Okech BA, A tale of two Flaviviruses: a seroepidemiological study of dengue virus and West Nile virus transmission in the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments of Haiti. Am J of Trop Med Hyg. 2017; 96(1): 135-140. PMID: 27879463

Weppelmann TA†, von Fricken ME†, Lam B*, Telisma T, Existe A, Larkin J, Okech BA. Sparse serological evidence of Plasmodium vivax transmission in the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments of Haiti. Acta Trop 2016; 162:27-34. PMID: 27230796

Hosford JD†, von Fricken ME†, Lauzardo M, Chang M, Dai Y, Lyon JA, Shuster J, Fennelly K. Hepatotoxicity from Antituberculous Therapy in the Elderly: A Systematic Review. Tuberculosis. 2015; 95(2):112-122. PMID: 25595441

von Fricken ME, Weppelmann TA, Lam B, Eaton WT, Schick L, Masse R, Beau De Rochars MVB, Existe A, Larkin J, Okech BA. Age-specific malaria seroprevalence rates: a cross-sectional analysis of malaria transmission in the Ouest and Sud-Est departments of Haiti. Malar J. 2014; 13:361. PMID: 25218803

Carter TA, von Fricken ME, Romain JR, Memnon G, St. Victor Y, Schick L, Okech BA, Mulligan CJ. Detection of Sickle Cell Hemoglobin in Haiti by Genotyping and Hemoglobin Solubility Tests. Am J of Trop Med Hyg. 2014; 91(2):406-411. PMID: 24957539

von Fricken ME, Weppelmann TA, Eaton WT, Alam MT, Carter TE, Schick L, Masse R, Romain JR, Okech BA. Prevalence of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency in the Ouest and Sud-Est departments of Haiti. Acta Trop. 2014; 135:62-66. PMID: 24681219

Carter TE, Maloy H, von Fricken ME, St. Victor Y, Romain JR, Okech BA, Mulligan CJ. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency A- variant in febrile patients in Haiti. Am J of Trop Med Hyg, 2014; 91(2):412-414. PMID: 24891465

von Fricken ME, Weppelmann TA, Eaton WT, Masse R, Beau De Rochars MV, Okech BA. Performance of the CareStartTM glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) rapid diagnostic test, in Gressier, Haiti. Am J of Trop Med Hyg. 2014; 91(1):77-80. PMID: 24778197

von Fricken ME, Weppelmann TA, Hosford JD, Existe A, Okech BA. Malaria Treatment Policies and drug efficacy in Haiti from 1955-2012. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2013; 6:10. PMID: 25848539

Weppelmann TA, Carter TE, Zhongsheng C, von Fricken ME, Memnon G, Victor YS, Existe A, Okech BA. Lack of Plasmodium vivax infections and high frequency of the erythroid silent Duffy antigen genotype in Haiti. Malar J, 2013; 12:30. PMID: 23347639


“Vector Mapping of Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens of Mongolia,” DoD-GEIS. Davidson S. (Principal Investigator), 2019. Role: Co-PI. $255,000

“A Pan-Regional Vector Biosurveillance Network to Detect, Characterize, and Predict Endemic and Emergent Zoonosis in East and Central Africa,” DoD-GEIS. Linton Y.M. (Principal Investigator), 2019. Role: Co-I. $600,000

“Vector-borne disease surveillance in Kenya,” George Mason University, Global Discovery Grant (GDG). Michael von F. (Principal Investigator), 2018-2019.  $32,000 per year

"Modelling Prospects of Malaria Elimination in Haiti," Multidisciplinary Research Initiative in Modeling, Simulation and Analytics, GMU Provost Award. 2017. Role: Principal Investigator. $33,000

"Geospatial and Longitudinal Trends in Plasmodium falciparum Chloroquine Resistance in Haiti," DoD-GEIS. Okech, B.A. (Principal Investigator), 2010-2013. Role: Study Coordinator. $843,000

"One Health Innovation Fellowships for Zoonotic Disease Research In Mongolia," NIH/Fogarty International Center, 1D43TW009373. Gray, G.C. (Principal Investigator), 2015-2016. Role: Postdoctoral Associate.  $307,673.



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