Research on dog heartworm vectors in Florida

DVM/PhD candidate Nick Ledesma is conducting his research this summer in Florida.  Nick has an energetic and talented group of students from Cornell helping him out.   Dr. Phil Kaufman at UF is collaborating on the project as well as Dr. Rui-De Xue at Anastasia Mosquito Control District.  We wish Nick luck with the project!!

Chris and Mark learn mosquito identification in Dr. Kaufman’s lab at UF

Nick demonstrates the Cornell vegetation aspirator.

Happy New Year!

Research in the Harrington lab focuses on mosquito vector ecology, biology, and behavior. Our goal is to understand basic (and often overlooked) aspects of mosquito biology in order to identify new targets for controlling mosquitoes and reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases. We examine long-standing questions in the field of vector biology from broad and, sometimes unconventional, angles. Research in the Harrington lab focuses on the most dangerous mosquito vectors impacting human health today; those that transmit dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses and those that transmit malaria parasites. We use a combined approach to studying disease vectors that includes biochemical and proteomics tools as well as conducting classical field studies. This approach allows us to validate laboratory findings in epidemiologically-relevant field settings leading to more meaningful research outcomes. For more information and to connect with former lab members, check us out on Facebook!