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Scott Bernhardt

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Assistant Professor - Biology Department

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 327
DialPhone: 435-797-3721

Educational Background

PhD, Microbiology, Colorado State University, 2009
Other, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2002
BS, Public Health, Utah State University, 1998


Dr. Bernhardt is a faculty member in USU's Public Health program in the Department of Biology. He completed a Ph.D. at Colorado State University and a M.P.H. at the University of Michigan. His current research in arthropod-borne infectious diseases and population genetics stems from his post-doctoral experience while at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Bernhardt's teaching interests are in USU's Public Health program. His infectious disease and genetics research provides the necessary experience to teach courses in epidemiology and infectious diseases. Previous work experience also allows for the opportunity to teach the Chemical Hazards Control course in the Industrial Hygiene program.

Research Interests

Research in my laboratory centers on the population genetics and vector competence of arthropod-borne infectious diseases. Through the use of field collections, molecular biology, and animal models, we are able to address questions as to how anatomic, genomic and molecular determinants contribute to vector competence of arthropod vectors, such as fleas and mosquitoes, to disease transmission.


American Society of Microbiology Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2009

American Society of Microbiology and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Fellowship Training Program, 2004

Colorado State University

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow, 2002

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Inland Northwest Research Alliance Fellow, 1999

U.S. Department of Energy

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Beaty, B.J, Bernhardt, S., Black, W.C, Blair, C.D, Eisen, L., Elizondo-Quiroga, D., Farfan-Ale, J., Lozano-Fuentes, S., Olson, K., Sanchez-Vargas, I., (2010). Novel Strategies to control Aedes aegypti and dengue: Vector Viology, Ecology and Control.

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Denlinger, D.S, Li, A., Lawyer, P.G, Durham, S., Anderson, J.L, Bernhardt, S., (2016). Comparison of in vivo and in vitro methods for blood feeding of Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) in the Laboratory. Journal of Medical Entomology
        • Denlinger, D.S, Creswell, J.A, Anderson, J.L, Reese, C., Bernhardt, S., (2016). Diagnostic doses and times for Phlebotomus papatasi and Lutzomyia longipalpis sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae) using CDC bottle bioassay to assess insecticide resistance.. Parasites and Vectors
        • Belthoff, J., Bernhardt, S., Ball, C., Gregg, M., Johnson, D., Ketterling, R., Price, E., Tinker, J., (2015). Burrowing owls, Pulex irritans, and plague. Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases
        • Davis, R., Ramirez, R., Anderson, L., Bernhardt, S., (2015). Distribution and habitat of Ixodes pacificus and Dermacentor andersoni and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Utah. Journal of Medical Entomology
        • Denlinger, D.S, Lozano-Fuentes, S., Lawyer, P.G, Black, W.C, Bernhardt, S., (2015). Assessing insecticide susceptibility of laboratory Lutzomyia longipalpis and Phlebotomus papatasi sand flies. Journal of Medical Entomology
        • Johnston, J.D, Magnusson, B.M, Eggett, D., Collingwood, S.C, Bernhardt, S., (2015). Comparison of single-point measurements and continuous sampling methods for estimating residential indoor air temperatures and relative humidity in arid climates. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
        • Johnston, J.D, Magnusson, B.M, Eggett, D., Mumford, K., Collingwood, S.C, Bernhardt, S., (2014). Sensor drift and predicted calibration intervals of handheld temperature and relative humidity meters under residential field-use conditions. Journal of Environmental Health
        • Jones, R., Vetter, S.M, Montenieri, J., Holmes, J., Bernhardt, S., Gage, K.L, (2013). Yersinia pestis infection and laboratory conditions alter flea-associated bacterial communities. ISME J., 7:1, 224-228.
        • Bernhardt, S., Simmons, M.P, Olson, K.E, Beaty, B.J, Blair, C.D, Black, W.C, (2012). Rapid intraspecific evolution of miRNA and siRNA genes in the mosquito arboviral vector Aedes aegypti.. PLOS One
        • Ashton, C., Bernhardt, S., Lowe, M., Mietchen, M.M, Johnston, J., (2012). Comparison of HIV/AIDS incidence between U.S.-born blacks and African-born blacks in Utah, 2000-2009. Open AIDS, 6:Suppl 1:M13, 156-162.
        • Jones, R., Bernhardt, S., Martin, A., Gage, K.L, (2012). Interactions among flea symbionts of Oropsylla spp. (Siphonoptera: Ceratophyllidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, 49:3, 492-496.
        • Black, W.C, Bernhardt, S., (2009). Abundant nuclear copies of mitochondrial origin (NUMTs) in Aedes aegypti genome. Insect Molecular Biology, 18:6, 705-713.
        • Bernhardt, S., Blair, C., Sylla, M., Bosio, C., Black, W.C, (2009). Evidence of multiple chromosomal inversions in Aedes aegypti formosus from Senegal. Insect Molecular Biology, 18:5, 557-569.
        • Raghunathan, P.L, Bernhardt, S., Rosenstein, N.E, (2004). Opportunities for control of meningococcal disease in the United States. Annual Review of Medicine, 55:24, 1-24.
        • Mothershed, E.A, Sacchi, C.T, Whitney, A.M, Barnett, G.A, Ajello, G.W, Schmink, S., Mayer, L.W, Phelan, M., Taylor, T.H, Bernhardt, S., Rosenstein, N.E, Popovic, T., (2004). Use of real-time PCR to resolve slide agglutination discrepancies in serogroup identification of Neisseria meningitidis.. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 43, 320-328.
        • Bernhardt, S., Spilker, T., Coffey, T., LiPuma, J.J, (2003). Burkholderia cepacia Complex in Cystic Fibrosis: Frequency of Strain Replacement during Chronic Infection. Clin Infect Dis. , 37, 780-785.
        • Shepard, C.W, Rosenstein, N.E, Fischer, M., Bernhardt, S., (2003). Neonatal meningococcal disease in the United States, 1990 to 1999. Pediatr Infect Dis J. , 22, 418-422.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Nadya Keweshan, Biology, August 2012
                  David Denlinger, Biology, August 2011