Tick Haller’s Organ Project

Tick Haller’s Organ Project

Ticks transmit many (emerging) diseases, including Lyme disease. How ticks find their hosts is an important step in the disease cycle. Yet the very sensory organ that ticks use to find their hosts, the Haller’s organ, is woefully understudied. By using modern molecular and physiological studies, together with the latest imaging techniques, our lab sheds new light on this crucial part of tick biology.

Tick Haller’s Organ. Picture by Tanya Josek


  • Dr. Brian Allan – Department of Entomology – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Zain Syed – Department of Entomology – University of Kentucky