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New paper in Nature!

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Our paper is out in Nature about an ion channel named Hodor, that is expressed in Drosophila and mosquito gut: An intestinal zinc sensor regulates food intake and developmental growth Lena has contributed to this project in 2016-2017 as a postdoc in Irene Miguel-Aliaga’s group at the Imperial College London.

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Vacancy for a SELF-FUNDED MSc project

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Resistance of mosquito pupae to desiccation Supervisors: Dr Olena Riabinina and Prof Thomas Schmitt (University of Wuerzburg, Germany) Deadline: Applications accepted all year round Funding: Self-funded students only Project description Malaria mosquito is one of the deadliest animals on Earth, causing more than 400,000 deaths per year and affecting half of the world population. Our fight against malaria has currently […]

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Yasmine joins the lab

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Yasmine Kumordzi, a PhD student from Chemistry in Durham, joins our lab on a part-time basis as a volunteer. Yasmine has a long-standing interest in insects and insect-borne diseases, and you can read a bit more about her on our People page. Welcome, Yasmine!

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We have a vacancy of Research Assistant in Mosquito Olfaction

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The project will be focussed on live imaging from olfactory receptor neurons and behavioural experiments in larvae of malaria mosquitoes, using the newly developed transgenic mosquito lines. Please see the job description here: https://durham.taleo.net/careersection/du_ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=19000078&lang=en https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BXF218/research-assistant-in-mosquito-olfaction and please contact Lena if you have any questions or want to discuss the project informally. Key references: Afify A, […]

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New paper in Current Biology about Anopheles and DEET

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Our new paper is just out in Current Biology: Commonly Used Insect Repellents Hide Human Odors from Anopheles Mosquitoes accompanied by a lay summary on Twitter by Chris and a short write-up in the Publications section. In short, we used, for the first time, GCaMP in Anopheles, and concluded that DEET traps molecules of attractive odorants without directly […]