Mission Statement

In the Catteruccia laboratory, we are motivated by our conviction that no one should suffer from malaria and other vector-borne diseases. We conduct rigorous science to advance this common goal while fostering an environment of intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and inclusivity.
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Our Research

Malaria, a leading cause of death in tropical and subtropical regions, is transmitted by the bite of female Anopheles mosquitoes. In Africa, where 90% of deaths occur, the major malaria vector is the mosquito Anopheles gambiae. Females of this and related species have a high reproductive capacity that is ensured by a single mating event followed by multiple blood feeding cycles.

In our research group we study the molecular and behavioral parameters that are key to the ability of Anopheles mosquitoes to transmit malaria, with special emphasis on reproductive biology and vector-Plasmodium interactions. Our aim is to provide crucial knowledge to aid the development of new, effective tools for mosquito and malaria control. A key component of our research includes fieldwork studies in Africa on mating biology and natural malaria infections. These studies, in collaboration with IRSS in Burkina Faso, ICIPE in Kenya and other partners, are expanding our understanding of mosquito reproductive biology, mosquito-microbiota interactions, and natural malaria infections.

Currently our scientific program covers a number of research areas:

Lab News


February – Rob and Kelsey are heading to Malawi to continue our fieldwork project with the Malaria Alert Center at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Blantyre. This will be the second year our lab has traveled to Malawi to work alongside the researchers at the MAC.

January  – Kristine Werling, a former graduate student in the lab had her paper “Development of circulating isolates of Plasmodium falciparum is accelerated in Anopheles vectors with reduced reproductive output” published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Check out the paper here!

January – Iryna’s paper “Precise coordination between nutrient transporters ensures fertility in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae” was published in PLOS Genetics. Check out the paper here!

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Reproductive Biology Research

A male steroid controls female sexual behaviour in the malaria mosquito.

Plasmodium Development

Steroid Hormone Function Controls Non-competitive Plasmodium Development in Anopheles

Translational Tools

Exposing Anopheles mosquitoes to antimalarials blocks Plasmodium parasite transmission