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Speaking Sustainably Lecture Series
October 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Speaking Sustainably Lecture Series
The Speaking Sustainably Lecture Series is presented by FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society (FIU SEAS).
“Blood Theft: a Mosquito’s Obsession with Humans and What We Can Do About It”
The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been plaguing humans for thousands of years. This mosquito is the vector of Zika, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Chikungunya. By biting us, females have the opportunity to spread these diseases. This talk will explore how mosquitoes detect their human hosts and the use of molecular genetics to understand this deadly behavior. Current approaches in mosquito control and personal protection will be described. In addition, new techniques will be discussed that could end our reliance of insecticides to control mosquito populations.
Presenter: Matthew DeGennaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomolecular Sciences Institute and Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University
Free & open to the public.
7:00 pre-lecture reception
7:30 Lecture followed by Q&A