I have studied the molecular biology of mosquito – pathogen interactions with emphasis on malaria and dengue since 1990. My research group at Johns Hopkins University is an international team of scientists, that study mosquitos which transmit human pathogens such as malaria parasites and dengue virus, as part to their postdoctoral training, or PhD and master degree thesis research. My research program is broadly focused on the molecular biology of mosquito vector competence for malaria and dengue. The long-term goal is to develop novel disease intervention strategies based on blocking the pathogens in the mosquito. The overarching theme is the reciprocal molecular interactions between the pathogens, the mosquito’s innate immune system and microbiota.
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