Michel is a member of the Vector Biology Research Group at Texas A&M University, which unites faculty, post-docs and students with a shared interest in vectors and the pathogens they transmit. Additionally, he is a member of the interdisciplinary research program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
News & Announcements
- The lab is looking to recruit a new PhD student to start in the fall of 2021. The research topic will be open to discussion but will broadly involve the behavioral genetics/genomics of mosquitoes. Please contact Michel at email@example.com if you are interested injoining the lab. (9/18/2020).
- Maral Molaei joined the lab as a post-doctoral associate. Maral completed her PhD in Jason Karpac’s lab working on the role ofNFkB inthe regulation of lipid homeostasis. She will examine the how the circadian clock controls host seeking and mating behaviors in Anopheles coluzzii. (10/1/20202).
- Our paper on the genetics of sterility and inviability in hybrids between An. coluzzii and An. quadriannulatus hasbeen published in Frontiers in Genetics. Deitz KC, W Takken, MA Slotman (2020) The genetic architecture of post-zygotic reproductive isolation between Anopheles coluzzii and An. quadriannulatus. Frontiers in Genetics 11: 925 (8/20/2020)
- Congratulations to Zach Popkin-Hall for successfully defending his PhD dissertation and for moving on to a post-doctoral position at the University of North Carolina. (8/18/2020)
- Former graduate student Kevin Deitz briefly rejoined the lab as a post-doc. Kevin will work on the genetics of hybrid sterility and inviability in the Anopheles gambiae complex. (5/1/2020).
- Our paper on comparing chemosensory gene expression in antennae of male and female An. coluzzii and An. quadriannulatus was published in Parasites and Vectors. (4/28/2020):Species and sex-specific chemosensory gene expression in Anopheles coluzzii and An. quadriannulatus antennae (2020) Athrey G, Z Popkin-Hall, LV Cosme, W Takken, MA Slotman Parasites Vectors 13,212.
- Congratulations to Cecilia Huang for passing her Ecol. and Evol. Biology degree program qualifying exam. Well done! (3/27/2020).
- Vinaya Shetty joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. He will be working on the role of the circadian clock in Aedes aegypti host seeking behavior. (3/16/2020).
- We received funding from NIH to study the role of the circadian clock in An. coluzzii mosquitoes. (1/1/2020)
Looking for information on mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit?
Check out the website of the American Mosquito Control Association.
The Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases of the CDC also maintains a website with information on arthropod transmitted diseases.
Dr. Michael Merchant has set up an interactive website about some of Texas’ most problematic mosquitoes. Go on a Mosquito Safari.