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Principal Investigator

Immo Hansen

Dr. Immo A. Hansen

Principal Investigator (CV PDF)
(575) 646-7719 immoh@nmsu.edu
Ph.D.: University of Wuerzburg
Post-doctoral work: University of California, Riverside, University of Konstanz

The overarching focus of my lab is on finding new ways to control vector-borne diseases. We study the molecular physiology of disease vectors to find novel ways to control them.

Laboratory Manager

Stacy

Stacy Rodriguez, M.S.

stacyr@nmsu.edu

B.S. : NMSU
M.S.: NMSU
I am working on many different things :)

Graduate Students

Kristina

Kristina Gonales

Graduate Student
gonza27@nmsu.edu
B.S. : NMSU
M.S.: NMSU

Modern mosquito control strategies require the rearing of large numbers of mosquitoes in culture for continuous release over an extended period of time. Anautogenous mosquitoes require essential amino acids for egg production which must be obtained through the digestion of a protein-rich meal. Current laboratory rearing practices utilize live vertebrate hosts or vertebrate blood as a protein source, however, this method is costly and not practical in a field environment. Using preliminary results I have formulated an artificial blood meal for the culture of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito. The goal of my graduate work is to test the efficacy of my artificial blood meal to determine if it supports egg production and viable offspring. The long-term goal of my project is to replace vertebrate blood in mosquito mass culture. My research provides a broader understanding of how adult mosquito nutrition impacts egg production, egg viability, and the ability of mosquitoes to acquire and spread disease.

Soumi

Soumi Mitra

Graduate Student
smitra69@nmsu.edu

I am working on amino acid transporters.

Alex

Alex Moon

Graduate Student
alexmoon@nmsu.edu

I am currently working on down regulating amino acid transporters in the female mosquito fat body, and seeing how it affects egg laying and hatching rates. Or if you want something more cleaver, I’m “trying to survive in a lab full of all women”

Yashoda

Yashoda Kandel

yashoda@nmsu.edu

TBA


Undergraduate Students

rebecca

Rebecca Melendez

TBA



Laboratory Technicians

julia

Julia Vulcan

I do the website maintenance :')
I also help out with everyone's experiments (mainly repellent assays).


haena

Hae-Na Chung

I am working on cooling and compaction



joel

Joel Cordova

I take care of mosquito duty daily and do the blood feedings.



emily

Emily Moore

I'm currently working on data analysis for a survey we sent out over the summer. After that, I think I'll be working on starting a flea culture.


Former Lab Members

debora

Debora Souza

alora

Alora Garibay

justin

Justin Dearing

hitoshi

Dr. Hitoshi
Tsujimoto

ivana

Ivana Rodriguez

aditi

Aditi Kulkarni

lavesh

Lavesh Bathia

anthony

Dr. Anthony
Clemmons

lisa

Dr. Lisa L. Drake

david

Dr. David P. Price

florence

Florence Schoderbek

alyson

Alyson Banegas

margarita

Margarita Wells

sarah

Sarah Aguirre

hannah

Hannah Drumm

victoria

Victoria Carpenter


Immo A. Hansen
Dept of Biology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces,
NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-7719
immoh@nmsu.edu