At Bay Area Lyme Foundation, we are committed to making tick-borne disease
easy to diagnose and simple to cure.

Nathan Nieto PhD 1975 – 2019

It is with tremendous sadness that we say goodbye to our great friend and colleague. Nate was the first researcher the Bay Area Lyme Foundation funded when we began in 2012. Along with his best friend and fellow researcher Dan Salkeld, they proved that there is indeed Lyme disease in ticks in California. A lot has transpired since then: Nate joined our Scientific Advisory Board, spoke at LymeAid 2017 with Alec Baldwin and in 2018 along with his friend Dan, published the first results from the Citizen Science Free Tick Testing program.

But most of all, Nate was a force of nature and so fun to be around—always talking about surfing, mountain bike riding and snowboarding. Always offering an open door at his Flagstaff, AZ home. Nate had an amazing power of making meaningful connections with everyone he met. Our deepest condolences to his wife Emily, his family, and all of our friends at the Nieto Lab at Northern Arizona University. We all “loved him to bits.”

Our Approach

Funding for
Lyme Projects

Leveraging innovative technologies from other fields of medicine to fuel new breakthroughs in Lyme and tick ecology, diagnostics, and treatments

Screening &

Ensuring that dollars granted go to the projects with the greatest potential impact and results deliver on promises


Thanks to the generous support of a private donor, 100% of funds raised go directly to research and prevention programs

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Lyme Disease

Why Lyme?

Reported Cases of Lyme Disease


There are over 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the US every year and it has been reported in 49 of 50 states and 65 countries worldwide.  It is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the US.

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What You Need to Know

Knowing how to protect yourself and your family is key to enjoying the outdoors.

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Lyme Disease Stories

Lyme disease can affect anyone.  Learn from these survivor stories or share yours.

Meet the Many Faces of Lyme