Stephen M. Rich

Professor, microbiology

zoonotic diseases, Lyme disease, malaria, ticks, mosquitos, speakers bureau

Phone: (413) 545-5225


Stephen M. Rich studies zoonotic diseases, those that originate and/or are maintained in natural animal populations but which occasionally spill over into human populations. One goal of this research is to better understand how the microbes that cause these diseases have adapted to making their livelihood at the expense of their animal and human hosts. The research has focused primarily on the study of Lyme Disease, human malaria and intervention strategies.

Rich directs the Laboratory of Medical Zoology ( that tests submitted tick samples from across Massachusetts for the presence of disease-causing microbes. The Laboratory maintains a sortable database of the test results.