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Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

Health Sciences and Lake Shore Campuses

Headshot of Justin Harbison, Public Health Sciences

I deviated a bit from my original career plan of becoming Indiana Jones, however things still worked out great. I currently teach a variety of public health courses for undergraduate and graduate students and hold a number of administrative roles for the Public Health Sciences Department and the Parkinson School. I also serve as a scientific advisor for a local mosquito abatement district. There, students and I engage in research assessing measures to control mosquitoes and ticks and the diseases they spread. As much of my research and public health practice has focused on disease-carrying mosquitoes that utilize storm sewers, I've earned the title "Sewer Monster" which, to me, is as cool as "Indiana Jones".

Research Interests

Assessing and improving measures to monitor and control diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks.


Education
  • Bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, Macalester College
  • MS in Entomology, University of Florida
  • PhD in Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles

What prompted you to pursue your field?

I enjoy being outside and being active, but wanted to feel like I was able to help people in the process. Working in the field of vector-borne disease has been a great way to do both. Each summer, I get to work with my public health colleagues to do operational research to improve what we do to minimize and prevent vector-borne diseases.

What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

Since public health is so collaborative and, as such, multidisciplinary, there are many opportunities moving forward to move beyond the traditional and leverage existing expertise and resources at the University as a whole. I enjoy teaching because it is so fun to interact with students and I find myself learning from them as well. It also gives me the opportunity to assure that students learn real-world applicable skills that I found lacking in my own education.

What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting or important?

Once people find out I study mosquitoes and sewers, I never struggle for small talk. Inevitably I'll get questions such "What good are mosquitoes?" or "Why would you do that?"

What called you to or attracted you to Loyola?

Chicagoland holds the largest number of vector-borne disease professionals in the Midwest and faces current vector-borne disease concerns such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus. So there is a lot of opportunity to do research and work that directly helps those folks. Additionally because Chicago is such a global hub there is always threat of new vector-borne diseases to the area, such as Zika and Rift Valley Fever.

Publications

  • Gravid Culex pipiens Exhibit A Reduced Susceptibility to Ultra–Low Volume Adult Control Treatments Under Field Conditions ME Clifton, CP Xamplas, RS Nasci, J Harbison JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MOSQUITO CONTROL ASSOCIATION 2019 :267-273
  • Standardized Back Checks of Catch Basin Larvicides Across Three Modes of Action in the North Shore Suburbs of Chicago, USA Harbison, Justin JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MOSQUITO CONTROL ASSOCIATION 2019 :151-154
  • An Operational Evaluation of 3 Methoprene Larvicide Formulations for Use Against Mosquitoes in Catch Basins Harbison,J. E.; Runde,A. B.; Henry,M.; Hulsebosch,B.; Meresh,A.; Johnson,H.; Nasci,R. S. Environmental health insights 2018 ;12:1178630218760539
  • Effectiveness of Five Products To Control Culex pipiens Larvae In Urban Stormwater Catch Basins. Nasci, RS; Runde, AB; Henry, M; Harbison, JE Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 2017 ;33(4)
  • Reduced productivity of Culex pipiens and Cx. restuans (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes in parking area catch basins in the northeast Chicago metropolitan area Harbison,J. E.; Hulsebosch,B.; Buczek,J.; Runde,A.; Nasci,R. Journal of vector ecology : journal of the Society for Vector Ecology 2017 ;42(1):148-154
  • Variable Efficacy of Extended-release Mosquito Larvicides Observed in Catch Basins in the Northeast Chicago Metropolitan Area Harbison,J. E.; Corcoran,P. C.; Runde,A.; Henry,M.; Xamplas,C.; Nasci,R. S. Environmental health insights 2016 ;10:65-68
  • Small-Scale Trials Suggest Increasing Applications of Natular XRT and Natular T30 Larvicide Tablets May Not Improve Mosquito Reduction in Some Catch Basins Harbison,J. E.; Henry,M.; Corcoran,P. C.; Zazra,D.; Xamplas,C. Environmental health insights 2016 ;10:31-34
  • Small-Scale Trials Suggest Increasing Applications of Natular™ XRT and Natular™ T30 Larvicide Tablets May Not Improve Mosquito Reduction in Some Catch Basins. Harbison, Justin E.; Henry, Marlon; Corcoran, Peter C.; Zazra, Dave; Xamplas, Christopher Environmental health insights 2016 ;10
  • Observed Loss and Ineffectiveness of Mosquito Larvicides Applied to Catch Basins in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago IL, 2014. Harbison, Justin E.; Layden, Jennifer E.; Xamplas, Christopher; Zazra, Dave; Henry, Marlon; Ruiz, Marilyn O'Hara Environmental health insights 2015 ;9
  • Seasonal variation in natural abundance of 2H and 18O in urine samples from rural Nigeria Harbison,J. E.; Dugas,L. R.; Brieger,W.; Tayo,B. O.; Alabi,T.; Schoeller,D. A.; Luke,A. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md.: 1985) 2015 ;119(1):55-60
  • Assessment of Reactive Catch Basin Larvicide Treatments Toward Improved Water Quality Using FourStar((R)) Briquets and CocoBear Larvicide Oil Harbison,J. E.; Zazra,D.; Henry,M.; Xamplas,C.; Kafensztok,R. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 2015 ;31(3):283-285
  • Observed loss and ineffectiveness of mosquito larvicides applied to catch basins in the northern suburbs of chicago IL, 2014 Harbison,J. E.; Layden,J. E.; Xamplas,C.; Zazra,D.; Henry,M.; Ruiz,M. O. Environmental health insights 2015 ;9:1-5
  • Use of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Gravid Trap in Catch Basins: Proof-Of-Concept Trials Miller,N.; Mettelman,R. C.; Baker,S. C.; Harbison,J. E. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 2015 ;31(2):196-199
  • Seasonal variation in natural abundance of ²H and 18O in urine samples from rural Nigeria. Harbison, Justin E.; Dugas, Lara R.; Brieger, William; Tayo, Bamidele O.; Alabi, Tunrayo; Schoeller, Dale A.; Luke, Amy Journal of applied physiology 2015 ;119(1)
  • A comparison of FourStar Briquets and natular XRT tablets in a North Shore suburb of Chicago, Il Harbison,J. E.; Henry,M.; Xamplas,C.; Berry,R.; Bhattacharya,D.; Dugas,L. R. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 2014 ;30(1):68-70
  • Identification of larvicide-resistant catch basins from three years of larvicide trials in a suburb of chicago, IL Harbison,J. E.; Sinacore,J. M.; Henry,M.; Xamplas,C.; Dugas,L. R.; Ruiz,M. O. Environmental health insights 2014 ;8(Suppl 2):1-7
  • Evaluation of Culex pipiens Populations in a Residential Area with a High Density of Catch Basins in a Suburb of Chicago, Illinois Harbison,J. E.; Henry,M.; Xamplas,C.; Dugas,L. R. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 2014 ;30(3):228-230
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) Found in Humans and Water in Three Geographic Regions with Distinctly Different Levels of Economic Development Karalius,V. P.; Harbison,J. E.; Plange-Rhule,J.; van Breemen,R. B.; Li,G.; Huang,K.; Durazo-Arvizu,R. A.; Mora,N.; Dugas,L. R.; Vail,L.; Tuchman,N. C.; Forrester,T.; Luke,A. Environmental health insights 2014 ;8:1-3
  • Identification of Larvicide-Resistant Catch Basins from Three Years of Larvicide Trials in a Suburb of Chicago, IL. Harbison, Justin E.; Sinacore, James M.; Henry, Marlon; Xamplas, Christopher; Dugas, Lara R.; O'Hara Ruiz, Marilyn Environmental health insights 2014 ;8
  • Experimental use of Natular XRT tablets in a north shore suburb of Chicago, IL Harbison,J. E.; Henry,M.; Xamplas,C.; Berry,R. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 2013 ;29(3):237-242
  • Can catch basin maintenance lead to more mosquitoes? Justin E. Harbison 08/01/2013 :112-113
  • Urban Runoff: the Fundamental Link between Mosquito Control and Stormwater Agencies. Justin E. Harbison and Marco E. Metzger 03/01/2014 ;15:8-15
  • Urban Runoff: the Fundamental Link between Mosquito Control and Stormwater Agencies. Justin E. Harbison and Marco E. Metzger 03/01/2014 ;15:8-15