Dr. Immo A. HansenPrincipal Investigator (CV PDF)
(575) 646-7719 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Stacy Rodriguez, M.S.email@example.com
B.S. : NMSU
I am working on many different things :)
Kristina GonalesGraduate Student
B.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 MitraGraduate Student
I am working on amino acid transporters.
Alex MoonGraduate Student
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”
I do the website maintenance :')
I also help out with everyone's experiments (mainly repellent assays).
I am working on cooling and compaction
I take care of mosquito duty daily and do the blood feedings.
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
Dr. Lisa L. Drake
Dr. David P. Price