I am delighted to share our new paper published in Current Biology entitled "Commonly Used Insect Repellents Hide Human Odors from Anopheles Mosquitoes". This work was led by Ali Afify, a post-doctoral researcher in Chris Potter's lab at John Hopkins and in collaboration with Olena Riabinina. Abstract: The mode of action for most mosquito repellents is unknown. This is primarily due to the difficulty in monitoring how the mosquito olfactory system responds to repellent odors.
Our lab had a great time at the 2019 Hokie BugFest!! This outreach event is a fantastic way for kids, their parents and other visitors to learn more about insects and the impact they have in our lives. A big shoutout to Joanna for organizing and coordinating this effort for our lab and to all members who participated in this event! Below, Karthikeyan Chandrasegaran (left), post-doc in the Vinauger lab and Ryan Shaw (right), undergraduate researcher in our lab, show some mosq
Our newest paper is now available online! Congrats to MSc student Forde Upshur, co-first author undergraduate researcher Elizabeth Bose and Cameron Hart for this accomplishment! Abstract: Aedes aegypti is an invasive mosquito species that is expected to expand its global distribution through climate change. As poikilotherms, mosquitoes are greatly affected by the temperature of the environment which can impact host-seeking, blood-feeding, and flight activity as well as surviv