Dr. Kerry Clark of the University of Florida is an associate professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. He is committed to his research of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in the southern U.S. He discovered evidence of previously unrecognized species of Lyme group bacteria in human patients in Florida and other states. He wants to determine the actual frequency of Lyme disease in humans, the prevalence of infection in ticks, and which tick species transmit the Lyme disease to humans in the southern U.S. He wants to develop better molecular tests for identifying the causative agent of Lyme disease to improve sensitivity and specificity of detection and to improve awareness and early recognition of the disease through distribution of the research findings and community education efforts.