Grad student Ben Mckenzie’s first author publication was just released. In this paper, Ben used a meta-analysis approach to understanding vector competence in Ae. albopictus, an invasive mosquito with nearly worldwide distribution, for Zika virus.
Ben’s work is unique in that very few scientists have used this approach to synthesize and analyze laboratory studies of vector competence, which often have disparate results and different laboratory conditions (different mosquito and viral strains, source of bloodmeal, etc.).
Congratulations to undergraduate student, Abigail Morgan for receiving an Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship! Abby has been a stellar student in the lab for the last year and this award is well-deserved! Stay tuned for some of her preliminary results on lemur parasites!
Such a pleasure being a part of the Malaria March Madness conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville this week. Beautiful venue and a great group of colleagues and friends interested in malaria prevention research and vector surveillance and control!
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!
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!
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!