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Trevor Sorrells, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics

Contact Information

Trevor Sorrells, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    PO Box 208005

    New Haven, CT 06520-8005

    United States



Trevor Sorrells received his B.S. in Biology from Stanford University in 2009. He completed his PhD in the lab of Alexander Johnson at the University of California, San Francisco where he pioneered molecular biological and genomic approaches in non-model yeast species to understand how transcription regulatory networks evolve. This work provided a mechanistic understanding of how network architecture and molecular function dictate the ways in which biological systems change over time. As a postdoctoral fellow with Leslie Vosshall at Rockefeller University, Trevor discovered a persistent behavioral state in the mosquito Aedes aegypti that sustains their pursuit of humans over time. To do this, he introduced optogenetics to study the brain of this important vector of disease. The Sorrells lab studies the neural circuits that control the ability of mosquitoes to bite humans and how this behavior evolved from their non-biting ancestors.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Rockefeller University (2022)
  • PhD
    University of California, San Francisco (2016)
  • BS
    Stanford University (2009)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
HHMI Freeman Hrabowski ScholarHoward Hughes Medical Institute2023
NIAID New Innovator AwardNational Institutes of Health2023
Bohmfalk ScholarYale School of Medicine2023
Polak Young Investigator AwardAssociation for Chemoreception Sciences2022
Harold M. Weintraub AwardFred Hutchinson Cancer Center2016

Departments & Organizations