Making Mosquitoes Buzz Off
Next time you’re bothered by mosquitoes, try giving them the cold shoulder—literally. Senior Research Associate Guirong Wang will test his theory that mosquitoes are attracted by humans’ warmblooded heat with the help of a $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Wang is working to find molecules that interfere with the mosquito’s heat-detection capability. If successful, the research may be in line for further funding from the Gates Foundation. Wang is part of Professor of Biological Sciences Laurence Zwiebel’s team investigating the mosquito’s sense of smell with support from a major grant from the foundation. The project’s ultimate goal is eradicating malaria.
photo credit: Steve Green