Associate Director, Vector Biology, SRI International
Dr. Vaidyanathan is a medical entomologist who has worked on ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, and bed bugs. He is part of the team from SRI that partnered with a Shenandoah Valley business to develop a rapid & specific bed bug detection kit. He organized the first bed bug symposium at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is coauthor of a review article on bed bug detection (Vaidyanathan R, Feldlaufer MF. 2013. Bed bug detection: current technologies and future directions. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 88: 619-625).
Dr. Vaidyanathan and his brother worked with the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority to publish the first analysis of the financial impact of bed bugs on lower-income housing (Wong M, Vaidyanathan N, and Vaidyanathan R. May/June 2013. Strategies for housing authorities and other lower-income housing providers to control bed bugs – Journal of Housing and Community Development 20-28).
He has worked closely with students, staff, and faculty at James Madison University (JMU) to identify the bacterial microflora isolated from bed bugs and characterize the genetic basis for pesticide resistance in this resurgent pest.
Dr. Vaidyanathan is pursuing projects to evaluate the efficacy of heat treatment and neonicotonoid insecticides as control strategies for bed bugs.