506th MONTHLY MEETING
October 18th, 2013
All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.
Speaker: Dr. Andrea Gloria-Soria
Title: Population and behavioral genetics of the dengue mosquito
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the vector of yellow fever, chikungunya virus, and the major vector of dengue virus, an infectious disease that has dramatically increased in frequency and severity over the last 60 years and affects ~390 million people every year, threatening 40% of the human population. To address this issue, I am using genetic markers to investigate the historical origin of the dengue mosquito and to track recent incursions. In addition, I am investigating whether a gene that regulates foraging behavior in fruit flies and social insects is conserved in mosquitoes and is therefore a potential target for chemical and genetic interventions aiming to reduce dengue incidence.
Dinner and Meeting:
- Yale University
- Environmental Science Center 110 (map) (next to the Peabody)
- 6:00pm dinner (catered with sandwiches, snacks, and drinks – member suggested donation is $5)
- 7:30pm meeting
- 9:00pm, TBD