Kevin Vogel, a postdoctoral associate in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ entomology department, received $110,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The funding is part of a two-year grant to study reproductive hormones in mosquitos. Mosquitos transmit several major human diseases, including malaria and dengue fever virus. Efforts to disrupt mosquito reproduction is an emerging strategy for reducing disease in humans.
Vogel’s work on the hormonal control of mosquito reproduction will provide new fundamental insights into insect endocrinology and a promising new avenue for disrupting disease transmission. His work is done in conjunction with Mark Brown and Michael Strand, both professors of entomology at UGA.