Quinnipiac University
Nils Pilotte, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Biology. Nils completed his BA in Biology from Elms College in Chicopee, MA, his MS in Biological Sciences from Smith College, in Northampton, MA, and his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nils’ research involves the application of molecular tools to the study of parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases. He is extremely interested in the development of improved diagnostic strategies, and also in understanding the roles played by repetitive DNA sequences in parasitic organisms. Additional interests include improving our understanding of host-vector relationships and in advancing disease monitoring strategies through novel approaches to insect surveillance. Nils maintains an active research agenda and his work bridges both laboratory and field-based applications. His teaching interests include molecular biology, molecular techniques, genetics, parasitology, and tropical disease. Students interested in these areas of research are encouraged to contact Dr. Pilotte about possible research opportunities in his lab.


  • MS, Smith College
  • PHD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • PHD, College of Our Lady of the Elms


  • Biological Sciences

Office Location

  • Buckman Center 144

Mail Drop

  • BC-SCI

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal

Targeting a highly repetitive genomic sequence for sensitive and specific molecular detection of the filarial parasite Mansonella perstans from human blood and mosquitoes

Pilotte N, Thomas T, Zulch MF, Sirois AR, Minetti C, Reimer LJ, Williams SA, Saunders LJ

16(12) PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases e0010615 December (2022)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Integrated xenosurveillance of Loa loa, Wuchereria bancrofti, Mansonella perstans and Plasmodium falciparum using mosquito carcasses and faeces: A pilot study in Cameroon

Pryce J, Pilotte N, Menze B, Sirois AR, Zulch M, Agbor JP, Williams SA, Wondji CS, Reimer L

16(11) PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases e0010868 November (2022)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Evaluating Molecular Xenomonitoring as a Tool for Lymphatic Filariasis Surveillance in Samoa, 2018–2019

McPherson B, Mayfield HJ, McLure A, Gass K, Naseri T, Thomsen R, Williams SA, Pilotte N, Kearns T, Graves PM, Lau CL

7 Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 203 August (2022)

Peer Reviewed Journal Article Review

Community-wide mass drug administration for soil-transmitted helminths – risk of drug resistance and mitigation strategies

Pilotte N, Manuel M, Walson JL, Ajjampur SSR

3 Frontiers in Tropical Diseases 897155 November (2022)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Parasitic Disease Surveillance, Mississippi, USA

Bradbury RS, Lane M, Arguello I, Handali S, Cooley G, Pilotte N, Williams JM, Jameson S, Montgomery SP, Hellmann K, Tharp M, Haynie L, Galloway R, Brackin B, Kirmse B, Stempak L, Byers P, Williams S, Faruque F, Hobbs CV

27(8) Emerging Infectious Diseases 2201-2204 August (2021)

Peer Reviewed Journal

Development of a novel real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the sensitive detection of Schistosoma japonicum in human stool

Halili S, Grant JR, Pilotte N, Williams SA

15(10) PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases e0009877 October (2021)