A neurogeneticist with 20 years of experience in biomedical research, DeGennaro uses molecular genetics to address biological questions. He is known for creating the first mutant mosquito. He uses his genetic approach to study mosquito behavior. His work in the Vosshall lab at The Rockefeller University revealed how human hosts are chosen and how mosquitos are repelled by DEET. Today, he runs the Laboratory of Mosquito Genetics and Behavior at FIU. Despite the danger that mosquito host-seeking behavior poses to human health, little progress has been made in understanding its genetic basis. Understanding the odors that attract mosquitoes and the receptors required to sense these odors will allow for new approaches to manipulate mosquito behavior. He is available to discuss mosquitos, their behavior and current scientific approaches to mitigate mosquito-borne illnesses.
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