Forbes Lecture – Multi-Modal Sensory Integration in the Mind of the Female Mosquito”

Date(s) - 07/24/2013
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Speck Auditorium

Forbes Lecture – “Multi-Modal Sensory Integration in the Mind of the Female Mosquito”
(Part of the Wednesday Evening NS&B Lecture Series)
Leslie B. Vosshall, The Rockefeller University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
8:00 PM, Speck Auditorium
Refreshments to follow, MBL Quadrangle

DSC_6323Lecture Abstract:
Blood-feeding female mosquitoes require a vertebrate blood-meal to produce eggs. Mosquito species such as the yellow fever and Dengue vector mosquito Aedes aegypti and the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae have evolved a strong preference for feeing on humans. Mosquitoes use a diversity of sensory cues produced by the host—body heat, body odor, carbon dioxide in exhaled breath, visual—to find suitable hosts. Importantly, mosquitoes discriminate human from non-human hosts and also prefer some humans over others. My group is using site-directed genomic modification tools to study host-seeking in Aedes and have uncovered a series of multi-modal interactions governing their behavior. Recent results from our work in this area will be presented.

Dr. Vosshall is the Robin Chemers Neustein Professor at The Rockefeller University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She received an A.B. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University. Following postdoctoral training, she returned to Rockefeller in 2000 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and was named Robin Chemers Neustein Professor in 2010. She was appointed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2008.   Dr. Vosshall has been a faculty member of the MBL Neurobiology and Neural Systems and Behavior courses.  Her awards include a Gill Young Investigator Award in 2011, a Dart/NYU biotech award in 2010, a Lawrence C. Katz Prize from Duke University in 2009, and a Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in 2007. In 2005 she received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology and the Irma T. Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trust Research Award.

About the Forbes Lectures:

Since 1959, the special two-part Forbes Lecture has been supported by The Grass Foundation, a private foundation that supports research and education in neuroscience. The lectures are given in honor of pioneering neurobiologist Alexander Forbes. Traditionally, the Forbes lecturer also spends several weeks at the MBL, working alongside the Grass Fellowship Program.



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