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Mosquitoes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hosted by the Lahondère and Vinauger Labs, Department of Biochemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech

Come learn about the deadliest animal in the world!

Aedes albopictus (the Asian Tiger mosquito) taking a blood meal.
Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) taking a blood meal. This is one of the invasive species we study in the lab.

Everyone has experienced the annoying buzzing of a mosquito around them. But have you ever wondered why they feed on blood? Or how a tiny mosquito can find you to feed? Or why your friend might get bitten more than you? Why do we even care about mosquitoes? We will answer these questions and more at our exhibit!


Our PIs, Chloé Lahondère and Clément Vinauger, lab members Joanna Reinhold and Karthikeyan Chandrasegaran, and the Fralin Life Science Institute.

Lahondère and Vinauger Labs

The Most Dangerous Animal in the World!

Understanding Mosquito Behavior to Prevent Disease Spread

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The Lahondère Lab focuses on studying the thermal biology, eco-physiology, and neuro-ethology of disease vector insects and ticks. We rely on a collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative approach, combining field work, behavioral analyses, molecular biology, chemical ecology, and electrophysiology. The results from these projects help to get a better understanding of the disease vectors’ biology and will lay the groundwork for the development of new tools to control their populations.

The Vinauger Lab studies the molecular, physiological, and neural basis of mosquito behavior. We are a group of experimental biologists, relying on a collaborative, integrative, and multidisciplinary approach, at the intersection between data science, neuro-ethology, molecular biology, and chemical ecology. Our long-term goal is to identify targets to disrupt mosquito-host interactions and reduce mosquito-borne disease transmission.