Jerome Goddard

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Jerome Goddard
Photograph of Dr. Jerome Goddard.jpg
Born 1957
Citizenship United States
Known for research on ticks and bed bugs
Scientific career
Fields entomology
Institutions Mississippi State University

Jerome Goddard (born 1957) is an American entomologist currently located at Mississippi State University who is known for research on a number of medically important arthropods, most notably ticks[1] and the common bed bug.[2] His work on the health effects of bed bugs has helped clarify the pathophysiology of cutaneous reactions to their bites.,[3][4] Prior to coming to Mississippi State, Dr. Goddard was an Air Force medical entomologist for 3 years and then State Medical Entomologist for the Mississippi Department of Health for 20 years. After Hurricane Katrina (2005), Dr. Goddard was the health department official responsible for the mosquito and vector control program along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.[5] He is the author of a medical textbook used by physicians[6] which won "Highly Commended" in 2003 in the British Medical Association's Best Medical Book of the Year competition. Over the last two decades Dr. Goddard has served as an educational resource concerning medically important arthropods to a U.S. Congressional Committee,[7] in various newspapers and magazines such as Reader's Digest,[8] and on television programs such as The Learning Channel ("Living with Bugs")[9] and the Colbert Report.


  1. ^ Goddard, J.; Varela-Stokes, A. (2009). "Role of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum (L.), in human and animal diseases". Vet. Parasitol. 160 (1–2): 1–12. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2008.10.089. PMID 19054615. 
  2. ^ Goddard, J.; deShazo, R.D. (2009). "Bed bugs and clinical consequences of their bites". J. Am. Med. Assoc. 301 (13): 1358–66. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.405. PMID 19336711. 
  3. ^ Goddard, J.; Hasenkampf, H.; Edwards, K.; de Shazo, R.D.; Embers, M.E. (2013). "Bed bug saliva causes release of monocytic inflammatory mediators: plausible cause of cutaneous bite reactions". Int. Arch. Allergy Immunol. 161 (2): 127–130. doi:10.1159/000345134. PMID 23343710. 
  4. ^ Goddard, J.; Edwards, K.T. (2013). "Effects of bed bug saliva on human skin". JAMA Dermatology. 149 (3): 372–373. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.878. 
  5. ^ Spear, S. (2007). "After the Storm". Environmental Health Practitioner (U.K.) (November 7, 2007). 
  6. ^ Goddard, Jerome (2013). The Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, 6th Edition. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis (CRC). p. 514. ISBN 9781439850855. 
  7. ^ U.S. House Committee Testimony (1999). "The Impact of the Food Quality Protection Act Implementation on Public Health". 
  8. ^ Chen, I. (2002). "How to beat the bugs of summer". Reader's Digest (July 2002): 144–149. 
  9. ^ Fitch, Anna. "Living with Bugs: Close Encounters". The Learning Channel (Oxford Scientific Films). 

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