The Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit (PRVCU) is an initiative of the private non-profit organization the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust. The PRVCU was established to leverage Puerto Rico’s capacity to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector for the diseases zika, chikungunya, and dengue in Puerto Rico.

The PRVCU focuses on strengthening the capacity for vector control in Puerto Rico as well as implementing vector surveillance, creating innovative information systems, carrying out vector control operations, and boosting community engagement through citizen mobilization and education programs.

Our Vision

Striving together for a Puerto Rico free from mosquito-borne disease.

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect the people of Puerto Rico from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, while educating and empowering everyone to dramatically and sustainably reduce mosquito populations across Puerto Rico.

Integrated Vector Management

The Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit is developing an integrated vector management (IVM) strategy, combining vector surveillance and monitoring, vector control operations, and island-wide community engagement, education and mobilization programs, all of which will be implemented in partnership with other agencies (government and non-government) and communities across the island of Puerto Rico. Our program is defined by the effective integration of technology platforms.

The PRVCU’s programs include:

Monitoring & Surveillance

Community Mobilization

Vector Control

Our Team

Lucy Crespo
Principal Investigator
CEO of the Puerto Rico Science Trust

Dr. Grayson Brown
Executive Director

Gilberto Márquez
Finance Director

Julieanne Miranda-Bermúdez, DrPH, MS
Program Manager

Santos Rodríguez
Occupational Safety & Security Specialist

Rafael Saavedra, MPH
Vector Control Supervisor

Nexilianne Borrero, MS, MBA
Field Supervisor

Joanelis Medina
Laboratory Supervisor

Jania García, MPH
Community Mobilization Supervisor

Christian Sánchez
Quality Specialist

Eddie Varela Rosario
Procurement Officer

César Piovanetti Fiol
IT Architect & Spatial Platforms Engineer

Michael Jiménez
Information Technology and GIS Specialist

Pablo Ríos
Information Technology and GIS Specialist

Xavier Ocasio Santiago
Lead Designer/Communications Associate

Verónica Rodríguez
Community Education and Outreach Representative

Nicole Marrero
Community Education and Outreach Representative

Noemí Martínez
Community Education and Outreach Representative

Luis Marrero
Vector Management

Victor Ramírez
Vector Management

Luis Pérez
Vector Management

Joel Muñoz
Vector Management

Albert Silva
Vector Management

Raitza Alvarado
Vector Management

Luis Doel Santiago
Vector Management

Warren Ortiz
Vector Management

María Roubert
Vector Management

Samuel Lacén
Vector Management

Marla García
Vector Management

Mark Concepción
Vector Management

Reynaldo Morales
Vector Management

Amaury Morales
Vector Management

Javier A. Cordova
Vector Management

Edgardo L. Vargas González
Vector Management


The PRVCU has an onsite laboratory for mosquito identification and insecticide resistance testing.

Antigua Penitenciaria Estatal
105 Carr. # 21, Bo. Monacillos,
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico 00927


Learn about Aedes aegypti and how to protect yourself.

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