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Masters of Science in Public Health, Global Communicable Disease, University of South Florida, 2010, Thesis Title: Characterization of unidentified viruses from Florida

Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2007

Graduate Certificate: Infection Control, University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida, 2010

Dissertation Research

My dissertation research investigates the role of human-dog relationships on human vulnerability to zoonotic infectious disease within deforestation gradients in the Republic of Panama. Existing theories and research suggest that long-term interactions between humans and animals are dynamic, mutually beneficial relationships influencing overall health conditions of both species. Research indicates that human-dog relationships result in diverse social networks allowing for adaptation to environmental stressors.


McNeil CS, Nagy S, Moonan C, Wallace RM, Vora NM, Dyer JL, Blanton JD, Dorado T, Heinrich ML, Sankey R et al. 2015. Community rabies knowledge and pet vaccination practices after a skunk rabies outbreak in Eddy County, New Mexico. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 246(11):1242-1247.

Dyer JL, Yager P, Orciari L, Greenberg L, Wallace R, Hanlon CA, and Blanton JD. 2014. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2013. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 245(10):1111-1123.

Fitzpatrick JL, Dyer JL, Blanton JD, Kuzmin IV, and Rupprecht CE. 2014. Rabies in rodents and lagomorphs in the United States, 1995-2010. Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association 245(3):333-337.

Wallace RM, Bhavnani D, Russell J, Zaki S, Muehlenbachs A, Hayden-Pinner K, Mena Aplícano R, Peruski L, Vora NM, Elson D, Lederman E, Leeson B, McLaughlin T, Waterman S, Fonseca-Ford M, Blanton J, Franka R, Velasco- Villa A, Niezgoda M, Orciari L, Recuenco S, Damon I, Hanlon C, Jackson F, Dyer J, Wadhwa A, Robinson L. 2014. Rabies death attributed to exposure in Central America with symptom onset in a U.S. detention facility - Texas, 2013. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 63(20):446-449.

Dyer JL, Wallace R, Orciari L, Hightower D, Yager P, and Blanton JD. 2013b. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2012. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 243(6):805-815.

Franka R, Smith TG, Dyer JL, Wu X, Niezgoda M, and Rupprecht CE. 2013. Review: Current and future tools for global canine rabies elimination. Antiviral Research 100:220-225.

Dyer JL, Niezgoda M, Orciari LA, Yager PA, Ellison JA, and Rupprecht CE. 2013a. Evaluation of an indirect rapid immunohistochemistry test for the differentiation of rabies virus variants. Journal of Virological Methods 190:29-33.

Kellogg F, Niehus N, DiOrio M, Smith K, Chipman R, Kirby J, Blanton J, Dyer J, Franka R, Hummel K et al. . 2013. Human Contacts with Oral Rabies Vaccine Baits Distributed for Wildlife Rabies Management -- Ohio, 2012. MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 62(14):267-269.

Blanton JD, Dyer J, McBrayer J, and Rupprecht CE. 2012. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2011. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 241(6):712-722.

Blanton JD, Palmer D, Dyer J, and Rupprecht CE. 2011. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2010. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 239(6):773-783.

Mores CN, Turell MJ, Dyer J, and Rossi CA. 2009. Phylogenetic relationships among orthobunyaviruses isolated from mosquitoes captured in Peru. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 9(1):25-32.

Blow JA, Mores CN, Dyer J, and Dohm DJ. 2008. Viral nucleic acid stabilization by RNA extraction reagent. Journal of Virological Methods 150:41-44.

Dyer J, Chisenhall DM, and Mores CN. 2007. A multiplexed TaqMan assay for the detection of arthropod-borne flaviviruses. Journal of Virological Methods 145:9-13.

Fellowships and Awards

2016, Dean’s Award in Arts & Humanities; Graduate School, University of Georgia

2015, Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant; Graduate School, University of Georgia

2015, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization Travel Award; University of Georgia

2014, Graduate Travel Award; University of Georgia

2014, Excellence in Graduate Recruiting Fellowship; University of Georgia

2014-2016, Graduate Teaching Assistance Fellowship; University of Georgia


American Association of Physical Anthropologists

International Council for Archaeozoology

Sigma Xi, Full member


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