Kwon, H., Smith, R.C. (2022) Anopheles gambiae actively metabolizes uric acid following Plasmodium infection to limit malaria parasite survival. Front. Physiol.  12: 821869.

Hall, D.R., Tokarz, R.E., Field, E.N., Smith, R. C. (2022) Surveillance and genetic data support the introduction and establishment of Aedes albopictus in Iowa, USA. Scientific Reports 12: 2143.

Adelman, J.S., Tokarz, R.E., Euken, A.E., Field, E.N., Russell, M.C., Smith, R.C. (2022) Relative influence of land use, mosquito abundance, and bird communities in defining West Nile virus infection rates in Culex mosquito populations. Insects 13 (9): 758.

Tangudu, C., Hargett, A.M., Laredo-Tiscareno, V., Smith, R.C., Blitvich, B. (2022) Isolation of a novel rhabdovirus and detection of multiple novel viral sequences in Culex species mosquitoes in the United States. Arch. Virol.


Ramesh Kumar, J., Smith, J.P., Kwon, H., Smith, R.C. (2021) Use of clodronate liposomes to deplete phagocytic immune cells in Drosophila melanogaster and Aedes aegypti. Front Cell Dev Bio 9:627976.

Hodge, J.M., Yurchenko, A.A., Karagodin, D.A., Masri, R.A., Smith, R.C., Gordeev, M.I., Sharakova, M.V.  (2021) The new Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 diagnostic tool clarifies the taxonomic position and geographic distribution of the North American malaria vector Anopheles punctipennis. Malar J. 20(1):141.

Kwon, H., Simões, M.L., Reynolds, R. A., Dimopoulos, G., Smith, R.C. (2021) Additional feeding reveals differences in immune recognition and growth of Plasmodium parasites in the mosquito host. mSphere 6 (2): e00136-21.

Brackney, D.E., LaReau, J.C. Smith, R.C. (2021) Frequency matters: How successive feeding episodes by blood-feeding insect vectors influences disease transmission. PloS Pathogens 17(6): e1009590.

Kwon, H.*, Mohammed, M.*, Franzén, O., Ankarklev, J., Smith, R.C. (2021) Single-cell analysis of mosquito hemocytes identifies signatures of immune cell sub-types and cell differentiation. eLife 10: e66192.

Kwon, H., Hall, D.R., Smith, R.C. (2021) Identification of a prostaglandin E2 receptor that regulates mosquito oenocytoid immune cell function in limiting bacteria and parasite infection. Front. Immunol.  12: 680020.


Tokarz, R.E., Smith, R.C. (2020) Crossover dynamics of Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) vector populations determine WNV transmission intensity. Journal of Medical Entomology 57(1):289-296.

Field, E.N., Gehrke, E.J., Ruden, R.M., Adelman, J.S., Smith, R.C. (2020) An improved multiplex PCR assay for the identification of mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) blood meals. Journal of Medical Entomology 57(2):557-562.

Reynolds, R. A., Kwon, H., Smith, R.C. (2020) 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) primes innate immune responses that limit bacteria and malaria parasite survival in Anopheles gambiae. mSphere 5(2):e00983-19.

Smith, R.C. (2020) Highlights in Medical Entomology, 2019: Familiar Foes and New Frontiers. Journal of Medical Entomology 57(5): 1349-1353.

Reynolds, R. A., Kwon, H., Alves E Silva, T.L., Olivas, J., Vega-Rodriguez, J., Smith, R.C. (2020) The 20-hydroxyecdysone agonist, halofenozide, promotes anti-Plasmodium immunity in Anopheles gambiae via the ecdysone receptor. Scientific Reports 10(1):21084.


Tangudu CS, Charles J, Hurt SL, Dunphy BM, Smith RC, Bartholomay LC, Blitvich BJ. (2019) Skunk River virus, a novel orbivirus isolated from Aedes trivittatus in the United States. Journal of General Virology 100: 295-300.

Dunphy, B.M., Kovach, K.B., Gehrke, E.J., Field, E.N., Rowley, W.A., Bartholomay, L.C., Smith, R.C. (2019) Long-term surveillance defines spatial and temporal patterns implicating Culex tarsalis as the primary vector of West Nile virus. Scientific Reports 9(1):6637.

Kwon, H., Smith, R.C. (2019) Chemical depletion of phagocytic immune cells reveals dual roles of mosquito hemocytes in Anopheles gambiae anti-Plasmodium immunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(28): 14119-14128.

Field, E.N., Tokarz, R.E., Smith, R.C. (2019) Satellite imaging and long-term mosquito surveillance implicate the influence of rapid urbanization on Culex vector populations. Insects 10(9), 269.

Hadfield, J., Brito, A.F., Swetnam, D.M., Vogels, C.B.F., Tokarz, R.E, Andersen, K.G., Smith, R.C., Bedford, T., Grubaugh, N.D. (2019) Twenty years of West Nile virus spread and evolution in the Americas visualized by Nextstrain. PloS Pathogens 15(10): e1008042.


Kovach, K.B., Smith, R.C. (2018) Surveillance of Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in Southern Iowa, 2016. Journal of Medical Entomology 55:1341-1345.


Kwon, H., Arends, B.R., Smith, R.C. (2017) Late-phase immune responses limiting oocyst survival are independent of TEP1 function yet display strain specific differences in Anopheles gambiae. Parasites & Vectors 10:369.


Kwon, H., Agha, M.A., Smith, R.C., Nachman, R.J., Marion-Poll, F, Pietrantonio, P.V. (2016) A leucokinin mimetic elicits aversive behavior in mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) and inhibits the sugar taste neuron.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(25): 6880-6885.

Orfano, A.S., Nacif-Pimenta, R., Duarte, A.P.M., Villegas, L.M., Rodrigues, N.B., Pinto, L.C., Campos, K.M.M., Pinilla, Y.T., Chaves, B., Barbosa Guerra, M.G.V., Monteiro, W.M., Smith, R.C., Molina-Cruz, A., Lacerda, M.V.G., Secundino, N.F.C., Jacobs-Lorena, M., Barillas-Mury, C., Pimenta, P.F.P. (2016) Species-specific escape of Plasmodium sporozoites from oocysts of avian, rodent, and human malarial parasites. Malaria Journal 15 (1), 394.

Smith, R.C., King, J.G., Tao, D., Tomescu, O., Brando, C., Thallinger, G.G., Dinglasan R.R. (2016) Molecular profiling of phagocytic immune cells in Anopheles gambiae reveals integral roles for hemocytes in mosquito innate immunity. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. 15: 3373-3387.

Smith, R.C., Barillas-Mury, C. (2016) Plasmodium oocysts: overlooked targets of mosquito immunity. Trends in Parasitology 32 (12): 979-990.


Smith, R.C., Jacobs-Lorena, M. (2015) Malaria parasite Pfs47 disrupts JNK signaling to escape mosquito immunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(5): 1250-1.

Smith, R.C., Barillas-Mury, C., Jacobs-Lorena, M. (2015) Hemocyte differentiation mediates the mosquito late-phase immune response against Plasmodium in Anopheles gambiae. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(26): E3412-20.


Smith, R.C.*, Vega-Rodriguez, J.*, Jacobs-Lorena, M. (2014) The Plasmodium bottleneck: malaria parasite losses in the mosquito vector. Memorias do Instito Oswaldo Cruz 109(5): 644-661.

Smith, R.C., Colon-Lopez, D.D., Bosch, J. (2014) Immunization against a merozoite subtilisin protease attenuates Plasmodium infection in mice. Malaria Journal 13: 313.


Eappen, A.G.* Smith, R.C.*, Jacobs-Lorena, M. (2013) Enterobacter-activated mosquito immune responses to Plasmodium involve activation of SRPN6 in Anopheles stephensi. PLOS ONE 8(5): e62937.

Wright, J.A., Smith, R.C., Li, X., Craig, N.L., Atkinson, P.W. (2013) IPB7 transposase behavior in Drosophila melanogaster and Aedes aegypti. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43(10):899-906.

Smith, R.C., Kizito, C., Rasgon, J, Jacobs-Lorena, M. (2013) Transgenic mosquitoes expressing a phospholipase A2 gene have a fitness advantage when fed Plasmodium falciparum-infected blood. PLOS ONE 8(10): e76097.


Smith, R.C., Eappen, A.G., Radtke, A.J., Jacobs-Lorena, M.  (2012) Regulation of anti-Plasmodium immunity by a LITAF-like transcription factor in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. PLOS Pathogens 8(10): e1002965.


Arensburger, P., Hice, R.H., Zhou, L., Smith, R.C., Tom, A.C., Wright, J.A., Knapp, J., O’Brochta, D.A., Craig, N.L., and Atkinson, P.W. (2011) Phylogenetic and functional characterization of the hAT transposon superfamily. Genetics 88(1): 45-57.

Smith, R.C. and Atkinson, P.W. (2011) Mobility properties of the Hermes transposable element in transgenic lines of Aedes aegypti. Genetica 139(1): 7-22.


Smith, R.C. and Jacobs-Lorena, M. Plasmodium-mosquito interactions: A tale of roadblocks and detours, In: Stephen J. Simpson, Editor(s), Advances in Insect Physiology, Academic Press, 2010, Volume 39, 119-149.


Smith, R.C., Walter, M.F., Hice, R.H., O’Brochta, D.A., Atkinson, P.W. (2007) Testis-specific expression of the ß2 tubulin promoter of Aedes aegypti and its application as a genetic sex-separation marker.  Insect Molecular Biology 16(1): 61-71.