Bitten: Why Are Some People More Attractive to Mosquitoes Than Others?
Leslie B. Vosshall, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Vosshall is the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at The Rockefeller University. In 2022, she became HHMI vice president and chief scientific officer.
Leslie Vosshall wants to understand how environmental cues and internal physiology work together to guide complex animal behaviors. Vosshall and her team study this problem in mosquitoes and humans, applying approaches in neurobiology, behavior, genetics, and genomics. Vosshall’s team uses CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing tools to advance understanding of how the mosquitoes that spread dengue and yellow fever integrate sensory cues to hunt their human hosts. The team is also studying the rules that govern human olfaction, using data from the more than 3,000 normal subjects they have screened since 2002. This work has the potential to aid in the diagnosis of smell disorders.
* To understand the mechanisms that female mosquitoes use to sense the taste of blood.
* To understand the mechanisms by which some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.
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