Geoff Michael Attardo, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Genetics; Insect Vectors; Reproduction; Tsetse Flies; Global Health; Viviparity, Nonmammalian; Nutritional Sciences

Public Health Interests

Genetics; Nutrition; Reproductive Biology; Tropical Diseases

Research Summary

My research focuses upon the reproductive biology of insect vectors of human disease. My Ph.D. thesis in the lab of Dr. Alex Raikhel, is focused upon the effects of nutritional components of blood (amino acids) upon the transcriptional regulation of yolk protein genes in the Yellow Fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). My current work in the Aksoy lab involves the molecular characterization of reproductive processes of the viviparous Tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans morsitans). This work targets multiple aspects of reproduction in tsetse including nutrient metabolism and mobilization to the intrauterine offspring; identification and characterization of reproductive genes and regulatory mechanisms; and the role of the obligatory symbiotic bacteria wigglesworthia in tsetse fertility.

Specialized Terms: Insect vectors; Reproduction; Genetics; Biochemistry; Tsetse fly; Nutrition; Viviparity; Trypanosomiasis; Africa

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Geoff Michael Attardo, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 6th Floor

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Curriculum Vitae

Aksoy Lab

Research Image 2

Cover image from the publication of the tsetse fly genome.