Jeffrey Robert Powell
Prof Ecology/Evolutionary Bio, Prof EPH & Sch of For & Env Studies
Jeff Powell is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and an adjunct professor at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale. He also serves as the director for undergraduate studies and for the Yale Institute for Biospherics Studies at the Center for Ecology and Systematics of Animals on the Verge of Extinction. Dr. Powell’s major research interests include: experimental population genetics, molecular evolution and phylogenetics, speciation, and conservation genetics. He is the principal investigator for the National Geographic Society Grant.
Jeff Powell received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. He is a member of the VectorBase Scientific Working Group and an editor at Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
- Overseas Fellow
United Kingdom(2008 - 2008)
Professor Powell, an expert on genetic aspects of the evolutionary process, served as an Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University.
- Malaria vector mosquitoes
Together with researchers from the universities in Rome and Mali, Professors Powell and Caccone are studying the patterns of genetic differentiation in malaria carrying mosquitoes in Mali.
- Mosquito-borne diseases
Professor Powell received almost $3 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to work with colleagues in Brazil to study diseases, such as dengue fever and Chikungunya, that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The Brazil collaborators are based at the Institute Oswaldo Cruz, FioCruz, in Rio de Janeiro and at the University of Sao Paulo.