Dr. Laura Duvall is one of just 21 scholars selected to join this year’s Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. Her lab studies neuropeptides and the regulation of innate behavior in blood-feeding arthropods, such as mosquitoes, which have emerged as potent vectors for disease in an age of climate change.
As Dr. Duvall told Eve Glasberg in an interview for the Columbia News, “As a basic science research lab, one of our main goals is to make discoveries about how the brain regulates behavior, but beyond the significance of this work to neuroscience, these feeding behaviors play important roles in disease transmission. The more we understand about how mosquitoes regulate their drive to bite humans and blood feed, the more targets we’ll have to weaponize against them.”
Read the full interview here.
Image credit: Trevor Sorrells.