Hyeogsun presented his work "Chemical depletion of granulocytes reveal hemocyte contributions to anti-Plasmodium immunity" in the Young Investigators competition at ASTMH and won second prize! Congrats and great job!
Rebekah received the Wayne A. Rowley Scholarship in Entomology at the Annual Department Holiday party today. Rebekah has now received the award in back-to-back years! Congrats!
Wayne Rowley was there in person (and very festive) to cheer her on.
With winter finally coming to an end, there have been some recent media interests about the threats of mosquito- and tick-borne disease. Here are a couple recent news stories in which we have been involved in:
Our research interests are broadly focused on understanding the influence of physiology and innate immunity on mosquito vector competence and pathogen transmission.
The lab recently received an NIH R21 grant to study the role of eicosanoids in mosquito innate immunity! This will continue Hyeog Sun's recent work on signaling lipids and their contributions to innate immune function and influence on malaria parasite development in the mosquito host. Read more about R21 awarded!
Hyeogsun's paper examining the role of mosquito immune cells in malaria parasite killing was published in PNAS!!!
Here is the press release: