Laboratory Staff


Meet Our Laboratory Staff


Angie Nakano
Laboratory Director

About Angie

Angie began her career in Vector control as a seasonal laboratory assistant with the District back 2005.  From 2006-2012 she was a vector ecologist in the SMCMVCD laboratory. She was the vector ecologist for Santa Clara County, performing all in-house PCR testing for Lyme disease in ticks and WNV in birds and mosquitoes for three years, then moved up to supervise all aspects of the Marin/Sonoma MVCD laboratory as the Scientific Programs Manager in 2015.  In 2017, she left that position to come back to the District. 


Arielle Crews
Vector Ecologist

About Arielle:

Arielle received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of California, Davis, and her M.S. in Microbiology from San Francisco State University.  Her graduate research focused on tick-borne diseases throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on Lyme disease. Prior to working as a Vector Ecologist, Arielle received a National Science Foundation grant to work within the San Mateo County Vector Control Laboratory, where she trained with District staff and developed molecular protocols for disease surveillance. 


Tara Roth, Ph.D.
Vector Ecologist

About Tara

Tara Roth has a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity from the University of California Davis, an M.S. in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State University, and a PhD from the University of California Davis in Integrative Pathobiology with a designated emphasis in the Biology of Vector Borne Diseases. Before joining the San Mateo Vector Control District her research focused on the ecology and epidemiology of tularemia in the California Central Valley.


Theresa Shelton
Laboratory Technician

About Theresa:

Theresa has been with the District since 2008.  She works with the laboratory on surveillance of invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, West Nile Virus surveillance, mosquito population monitoring and identification, general arthropod identification, surveillance of tick-borne diseases, and data analysis.