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Infection in malaria-transmitting mosquito discovered

Finding could lead to new strategies for malaria control For immediate release: June 6, 2014 Boston, MA – Researchers have found the first evidence of an intercellular bacterial infection in natural populations of two species of Anopheles mosquitoes, the major vectors of…

A passion for science—and fighting malaria

May 22, 2014 -- Before Perrine Marcenac even enrolled at Harvard School of Public Health, the institution changed her life. During an interview for the PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health, Marcenac found herself fascinated by her faculty interviewers’ work…

Students raise malaria awareness with flash mobs

Harvard’s Defeating Malaria initiative, spearheaded by Harvard School of Public Health, sponsored a student-led event called “Mob Malaria” in commemoration of World Malaria Day on April 25. Two hundred students gathered in the Science Center Plaza to participate in a synchronized flash…

Off the cuff: Mosquitoes, sex, & malaria

[ Spring/Summer 2012 ] Q: You study how genes affect mosquito fertility and mating, a potentially groundbreaking way to prevent malaria transmission. In perfecting this approach, you work with Anopheles gambiae, the chief vector of malaria—but also one of the most notoriously difficult insect species…

When infection won't quit

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] TB, AIDS, and malaria are finding new ways to resist treatment Recent headlines paint an insidious trend in infectious disease. In San Francisco, 60 percent of new HIV infections are drug resistant. In Europe and the U.S., a deadly new form of tuberculosis —…

Chasing epidemics in real time

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] As the AIDS epidemic tragically demonstrated, public health has usually been a step behind infections on the run. But today, with sophisticated molecular and communications tools, practitioners can virtually keep up stride for stride with emerging epidemics. In…

The hard science of saving lives

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Understanding the basic biology of infectious disease has been a constant at HSPH since its inception. “We’re one of the few schools of public health that has integrated laboratory science and more classical public health disciplines, such as…

Unlocking the secrets of drug resistance in malaria parasites

[ Fall 2011 ] New Gene Search Tool Opens “Endless Possibilities” During a half-century of global efforts to conquer malaria, scientists have developed a series of antimalarial drugs, only to see them defanged, one by one, by the shape-shifting parasite’s ability to…

New molecular target for malaria control identified

Blocking egg development in malaria mosquito could reduce transmission of the disease For immediate release: October 29, 2013 Boston, MA – A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Perugia (UNIPG) researchers has shown that egg…

Blocking malaria parasites

May 2010 -- In a paper published in the May 14 edition of the journal Science, Harvard School of Public Health researchers Manoj Duraisingh and Jeffrey Dvorin succeeded in locking malaria parasites within infected blood cells, potentially containing the disease's spread. Click…