Vector Genetics Laboratory

Researcher Claudio Meneses (left), and Melody Malpass, a doctoral candidate in the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and the first student to sign up for the Designated Emphasis Program, examine sand flies in the Vector Genetics Lab. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) The overall research focus of the lab is the population and molecular genetics of insect vectors of human disease. We have developed a program that pursues knowledge that may be applied to the control of vectorborne diseases but at the same time addresses critical issues in basic evolutionary genetics. An additional goal is the application of cutting edge molecular biological methods to problems at the level of populations. Research efforts involve both field and laboratory based research. Over the past several years we have conducted extensive fieldwork in Mali, Cameroon, Brazil, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The Laboratory of Vector Genetics is directed by UC Davis medical entomologist Gregory Lanzaro, a professor in the Department of Pathology, MIcrobiology and Immunology (PMI) of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.


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