Northern Arizona University
Dr. Nieto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. He has led multiple research projects involving the identification, experimentation and evaluation of infectious disease dynamics in reservoir hosts and commonly uses techniques in statistical modeling and animal models of pathogenesis. This has spanned many systems including bacterial/rickettsial, fungal, and most recently viral pathogens. Dr. Nieto has worked with dangerous pathogens in the laboratory and wildlife settings that include BSL and ABSL-3 level biosafety conditions. He has extensive experience working on animal models of infectious disease, as well as reservoir and vector competence experimentation. He has published 43 manuscripts thus far that include a large diversity of reservoir host systems from frogs and snakes to mammals, and especially tick-borne diseases. Experimental studies included experimental infection and molecular diagnostics to identify laboratory infection kinetics that are then used in sylvatic systems to describe the maintenance of pathogens in wild systems. Dr. Nieto is committed to using basic scientific research in a translational way in hopes of improving public health capacity.