Doria F Bowers


Biology • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Teaching Responsibilities:  General Biology I, Virology, Histology, Microbial Intrigues, Integrative Microscopy

Research Interests:  Mosquito-Borne Viruses of Public Health Concern, PEMS sensor detection of microbes


R.N. Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL (1978)
B.S. University of Massachusetts - Boston Harbor Campus (1983)
M.S. George Washington University, Washington DC (1986)
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, TX (1991)
Post-doctoral Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center- San Antonio, TX (1991-92)

Joined UNF faculty in 1999


My research focuses on arboviruses that are transmitted in nature by hematophagous insects, specifically mosquitoes. We work with Aedes aegypti, the Yellow Fever Mosquito and Ae. albopictus the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Viruses transmitted by mosquitoes can and do result in human and/or veterinary infectious diseases. Infection of a mosquito host is prerequisite to biological transmission of such etiologic agents of disease. Currently, such infectious agents have an enormous economic impact worldwide. Sindbis virus (SINV) is the prototype virus in the Togaviridae family and depends on a horizontal transmission pathway alternating between the vertebrate and the invertebrate. This scenario dictates that the virus replicates in two phylogenetically distinct cellular and biochemical milieu. It is this alternation of hosts that is believed to influence Alphavirus evolution. While virions produced in vertebrate and invertebrate cell culture are biologically equivalent, the cellular responses to infection and to various strains of SINV are quite different. We focus our efforts on understanding the infection process in the mosquito, a link in the chain of arbovirus transmission. By looking at long-term infection of two similar Aedine mosquitoes, we compare host responses to virus. We have focused out attention on virus in the salivary glands, gut and ovaries; three host organs of importance to virus transmission in nature. Additionally we are challenging mosquitoes with different SINV variants in order to eke-out successful persistent genotypes. Most recently we are analyzing mosquito response to insecticides following SINV infection. In the current global-climate of emerging and re-emerging diseases, investigations into the basic biology/virology of arboviruses will further efforts to combat mosquito-borne infectious diseases.

Novel sensor detection of microbes. This project involves the development of sensors that uses photo-induced charge movement as a detection mechanism. Employing different tether molecules, we have been able to detect a list of microbes in solution. Detection of bacteria, viruses in aqueous solution such as serum, especially those important to medical sciences are our focus.  


2006-2007 - UNF Provosts’ Scholarship Course Release for Outstanding in Research

2009 – Awarded; USA/UNF Patent (Bowers, 12-9-2009). MOSQUITO CONTROL METHOD. DF Bowers




1. Bowers, D.F. 2009. Arbovirus Lifecycle in the Mosquito Host. Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases in Central and Eastern Europe. Sophia Bulgaria, September, 2009. NIAID/NIH Sponsored, Invited, and All-Expenses provided. Poster Presentation and Rapporteur responsibilities.

2. Bowers, D.F. 2011. Puzzle Pieces of Importance for Emerging Arboviruses. NIAID/NIH Sponsored Workshop. Emergence and Re-Emergence of Arboviral Infections of Global Health Importance. Rockville, MD, September, 2011. Poster Presentation.

3. Bowers, DF. 2011. Mosquito-Borne-Viruses in Adult Mosquitoes of Public Health Importance in Florida. Sponsored by World Solutions Against Infectious Diseases (WSAID) in conjunction with “Florida's Deadliest Mosquitoes” exhibit, Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Jacksonville, FL, June, 2011. Oral Presentation.

4. Bowers, DF. 2011. Alphavirus Hurdles in Mosquitoes: Guts and Glands. Department of Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Oral Presentation.

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2007 NIH R15 AREA Grant; Biology-Pathology of a Persistent Arbovirus in a Mosquito Host. Bowers, DF, Principle Investigator.

2008 Rapid Response Sensor Networking for Multiple Applications, Phase III

Publications & Presentations

1. Gauntt CJ, Higdon A, Bowers DF, Maull E, Wood J, and Crawley R. 1993. What lessons can be learned from animal model studies in viral heart disease? Scand. J. Infectious Disease Supplement, 88:49-65.

2. Gauntt CJ, Arizpe HM, Higdon AJ, Wood HJ, Bowers DF, Rozek MM and Crawley R. 1995. Molecular mimicry, anti-Coxsackievirus B3 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies and myocarditis. J. Immunology, 154:2983-2995.

3. Bowers DF, Abell* BA and Brown DT. 1995. Replication and tissue tropism of the alphavirus Sindbis
In the mosquito Aedes albopictus. Virology, 212: 1-12.

4. Bowers, DF, CG Coleman*, DT Brown. 2003. Sindbis Virus-Associated Pathology in Aedes
albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae). J. Medical Entomology 40 (5):698-705.

5. Bowers, D.F. and Atkins, D.L. 2004. The Avian Fissura Prima: Differential Accumulation of Extracellular Matrix at a Fold. Journal of Morphology 262:780-790.

6. Maria del Pilar Corena, Leslie VanEkeris, Ma. Isabel Salazar, Doria Bowers, Molly M. Fiedler, David Silverman, Chingkuang Tu, and Paul J. Linser. 2005. Carbonic anhydrase in the adult mosquito midgut. J. Exp. Biol. 208:3263-3273.

7. Vo, Mai* and Bowers, Doria F. 2006. Arbovirus lifecycle: links in a chain… Technical Bull. FMCA, Vol. 7, Pgs. 31- 34.

8. Bowers, D.F. 2008 Alphavirus probes for dissecting the structural integration of virus Transit in the Mosquito. In: Morris, S and Vosloo, A, editors. Molecules to Migration: The Pressures of Life. University of BRISTOL and University of KwaZula-Natal: Medimond Internat. Proceedings, p 131-142.

9. Vo*, M., Linser, P.J. and Bowers, D.F. 2010. Organ-Associated Muscles in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) Respond Differentially to Sindbis Virus. J. Medical Entomology 47(2): 215-225.

10. Qualls**, W. A., J. F. Day, D. F. Bowers, R. D. Xue. 2011. Altered response to DEET repellent following infection of Aedes aegypti (Diptera:Culicidae) with Sindbis virus. Journal of Medical Entomology. 48: 1126-1230

11. Zoe L. Lyski**, Jason J. Saredy**, Kristen A. Ciano**, Jennifer Stem* and Doria F. Bowers. 2011. BLOOD FEEDING POSITION INCREASES SUCCESS OF RECALCITRANT MOSQUITOES. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Vol. 11; 11;1-7. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2010.0164.

12. Qualls**, W. A., J. F. Day, R.D. Xue, D. F. Bowers. 2012. Sindbis virus infection alters bloodfeeding responses and DEET repellency in Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology. 49(2):418-423. 2012.

13. Qualls**, W. A., J. F. Day, R.D. Xue, D. F. Bowers. 2012. Altered behavioral responses of Sindbis virus-infected Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) to DEET and Non-DEET based insect repellents. Acta Tropica 122;284-290.

14. Erica M. Kelly**, Daniel C. Moon, & Doria F. Bowers. 2012. Apoptosis in Mosquito Salivary Glands; Sindbis Virus-Associated and Tissue Homeostasis. J. Gen Virol. 93:2419-2424.

15.  Arthur Omran, Gregory Ahearn, Doria Bowers, Janice Swenson, and Charles Coughlin.  2013.  Metabolic Effects of Sucralose on Environmental Bacteria.  J. Toxicology 

16.  Kristen A. Ciano, Jason J. Saredy and Doria F. Bowers.  2014.  Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycan: An Arbovirus Attachment Factor Integral to Mosquito Salivary Gland Ducts.  Viruses 6:5182-5197.  

17.  Michael E. Stephens, Terri N. Ellis, Jay S. Huebner, Erica M. Kelly, Doria F. Bowers. 2015. Streptococcal Protein G Enhances Antibody Binding to Platinum Sensor Surfaces.  J. Sensor Technology 5:1-6.

18.  Casia Williams, Yiching Wu, Doria F. Bowers.  2015.  ImageJ Analysis of Dentin Tubule Distribution in Human Teeth.  Tissue & Cell.  Available online 26 May, 2015.


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