Molecular basis of swarming behaviour in disease-transmitting mosquitoes

Marta Andres de Miguel (primary)
Ear Institute
University College London
Ijeoma Uchegbu (secondary)
School of Pharmacy
University College London


For a tiny mosquito in a wide world, finding a mating partner is a challenge. The same way humans gather at parties, mosquitoes aggregate in swarms to find a mate. Mating swarms are fascinating entities formed by hundreds of mosquitoes; they take place in the same locations every day. Disrupting swarms could have a major impact on controlling disease-transmitting mosquitoes. But we hardly know anything about the endogenous molecular machinery that induce mosquito swarming behaviour. This project will combine genetic, physiological and pharmaceutical techniques to identify these neurological pathways and potential strategies to block them.


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Animal disease, health and welfare
Area of Biology
Techniques & Approaches
BiochemistryBioinformaticsBiophysicsChemistryGeneticsMicroscopy / ElectrophysiologyMolecular Biology