Our lab studies multiple aspects of tsetse flies, the vectors of African trypanosomes. Trypanosomes are the causative agents of the devastating Sleeping Sickness disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The lab’s work spans a range of projects including tsetse immunity, reproduction and symbiosis, tsetse-symbiont and trypanosome interactions, tsetse genomics and population genetics, and trypanosome developmental processes in tsetse. The ultimate goal of our work is to improve current control methods and/or develop novel strategies to reduce or eliminate the transmission of Sleeping Sickness in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tsetse Insectary - Yale School of Public Health
A look one of the few tsetse colonies in the world and the work it allows scientists to pursue in the quest to control African Sleeping Sickness
Aspects of Tsetse Fly Biology
This movie shows Tsetse fly blood feeding, water excretion, pregnancy, birth of a larva, larval wandering and pupation. Tsetse flies exclusively feed on blood, lactate and give birth to live offspring. They are the vectors of African trypanosomes which cause African Sleeping sickness
Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)