Wesson Lab Projects


Attractive Lethal Ovitraps (ALOTs) are a current major project and focus of the laboratory. These traps have been in development for over a decade with collaborators at North Carolina State University, University of California - Davis, and Navy Medical Research Unit 6. ALOT development has been funded by the NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the years. Currently, we are working with industry partners and further refining the technology. (ALOT video)

We are also currently developing an artificial diet for mosquitoes to support emerging mosquito control methods. The goal of the project is to develop a shelf-stable, inexpensive meal for mosquitoes that does not contain any animal products. This project is funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Other current projects include:

  • New Orleans mosquito population parity studies
  • Mosquito blood meal analysis
  • Mosquito insecticide resistance studies
  • Triatoma sanguisuga surveillance and ecology
  • Trypanosoma cruzi testing and culturing

For questions regarding on-going research please e-mail Dr. Wesson.



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