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PhD student Kayleigh Chalkowski recently visited the new BSL2 infectious disease lab in Antananarivo, Madagascar at Mahaliana.  

Mahaliana is an organization dedicated to training the next generation of Malagasy scientists in molecular biology, advancing conservation biology and research. The word “Mahaliana” means “It all starts with a question”. Incredible initiative led by some incredible human beings who also happen to be disease ecologists. Check them out!

Lab trip to ASTMH 2018!

This week six students from the lab presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in New Orleans! Their projects range from tungiasis and climate change to invasive zoonotic chicken trematodes. In between talking about tungiasis in Madagascar, Nina Finley made sketch notes of the conference presentations, so if you weren’t able to attend, she shares some highlights in beautiful watercolor!

Read more about them here

See some samples here:

Mosquitoes and Empowerment!

Janet Roberts, recent graduate from Auburn University is leading some new exciting activities for Project MEEM (Mosquitoes to Educate and Empower Malagasy kids) this field season. This year participants get to make mosquito models out of pipecleaners, use Abuzz to record mosquito wingbeats to identify species, and use aspirators to do collections! Check out this awesome video! Bzzzzzz!

All 67 counties sampled!

Our summer mosquito surveillance team recently reached a major milestone. As of the end of June, our amazing team has sampled all 67 counties in the state of Alabama for Aedes larvae and adults!

Our summer research technicians have been spectacular and without their hard work we could not have met such a major goal. The summer mosquito team put together a blog to help teach citizens about mosquito ecology and to allow readers to follow along with their sampling efforts. Jaclyn Everly has made posts that can help citizens identify mosquitoes and larvae and she’s even included a quiz to test your knowledge.

If you are interested in working with us, we have some ways to get involved listed in this pamphlet- AU Mosquitoes Pamphlet Summer 18 PDF, which you are free to print and distribute.



Mosquito research in the news

The mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, was found in the state of AL for the first time in decades by our team. Protect yourself from skeeters this summer!

Here is a great article with quotes from Kelly Stevens at the Alabama Department of Public Health. Click on the image below.

Planetary Health 2018

The amazing Nina Finley presenting on her research at the Planetary Health conference in Scotland!

Stay tuned to read more about her great work showing that by 2070 climate change will extend  the tungiasis season in Madagascar by months!

Welcome Katie!

We are excited to welcome Katie Izenour to our lab for her PhD! Katie is the first graduate student from the lab who will be based in the Department of Pathobiology in the AU-College of Veterinary Medicine. Katie joins us from CDC where she was a part of the PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) program in Washington DC.

Katie received her Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University and BSc from the University of South Florida, and brings with her years of experience in public health.

Welcome to Auburn!