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Susan Jarvi, Ph.D.
Susan Jarvi


Susan I. Jarvi studies host-parasite and parasite-parasite interactions and influences on transmission and virulence of infectious disease in the Hawaiian honeycreeper/malaria (Plasmodium relictum)/Avipoxvirus model. Jarvi is also studying resistance and /or tolerance to malaria and Avipoxvirus in native Hawaiian bird populations. Jarvi’s lab is home to the ‘Hawaii Island Rat Lungworm Working Group’. Since 2011, they have been conducting education outreach about rat lungworm disease (angiostrongyliasis) by developing and distributing materials to the general public, and level-appropriate curricula for public schools. The Jarvi lab is conducting multiple research studies to better understand disease transmission, develop better diagnostic tests, and ways to reduce risk of contracting angiostrongyliasis.


  • M.S., Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Genetics), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Ph.D., Biology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope National Medical Center Duarte, CA, and at the Molecular Genetics laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

Classes and Courses

  • PHPS 504 Pharmaceutical Immunology

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience Aug 2017. DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.7b00299.
  • Immunogenetics 2016. 68:6–7:461–475.DOI:10.1007/s00251-016-0908-z.
  • PLOS ONE April 24, 2015. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0123064.
  • EcoHealth 2014. 10:366-375 DOI 10.1007/s10393-013-0899-2.
  • Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health June 2013. 72: 6:S2,:75-80. ISSN 2165-8218.
  • Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 2012. 185: 174-176.

Selected Projects

Selected News Releases

Active Grants

  • Hawaii Community Foundation - Medical Research

Awards and Honors

  • 2014-2015 Excellence in Scholarly Creative Activities Award, University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • 1988 Outstanding Graduate Student, Northern Illinois University
  • 1982 Excellence in Student Teaching