Patricia Y. Scaraffia, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Tropical Medicine
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
J Bennett Johnston Bldg. Room 512
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone 504.988.6979
Fax 504.988.6686
Check out the Scaraffia Lab Webpage


Personal Statement:

Dr. Scaraffia's laboratory investigates nitrogen and carbon metabolism in Aedes aegypti, vector of dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika virus. A. aegypti females have powerful biochemical-physiological mechanisms for coping with the toxic ammonia concentrations generated during a blood meal digestion. This is a critical detoxification process that allows the mosquito females to maintain ammonia levels below lethal concentration in the tissues. Dr. Scaraffia's laboratory is particularly interested in unraveling the physiological, biochemical and molecular bases underlying the regulation of nitrogen and carbon metabolism in mosquitoes, as well as in discovering new metabolic targets that can be used for the design of better mosquito-control strategies.

Research Interests:

Nitrogen and carbon metabolism in Aedes agypti mosquitoes; Isotopically-labeled compounds and mass spectrometry; Selected reaction monitoring; Metabolic targets for vector control.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., National University of Cordoba, Argentina

Professional Achievements:

  • 2016: Subject Editor, Journal of Medical Entomology
  • 2015: VBIDRC Pilot Grant, Vector Borne Infectious Disease Center, Tulane University, USA.
  • 2015: COR Research Fellowship. Office of Academic Affairs and Provost. Tulane University.
  • 2014-: Corinne Adams Baines Professorship Award. School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Tulane University, USA.
  • 2011-: R01 NIH/NIAID Grant Award, PI: Scaraffia, PY
  • 2010/2012: Meritorious performance, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The University of Arizona
  • 2010: Travel Grant. Symposium: Facing the challenges of Vector-Borne Diseases in the 21st Century. Riverside, CA
  • 2003/2006: Meritorious performance, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, The University of Arizona
  • 2003: International Fellowship for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. The Biology of Disease Vector Course was sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacAuthur Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • 2000-2001: International Research Fellowship, Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy
  • 1994-2000: Award of Excellence in Teaching-Research, Ministry of Education and Culture of Argentina
  • 1998-1999: Research Fellowship, Center of Science and Technology of Cordoba National University, Argentina
  • 1993-1997: Research Fellowship, Council of Scientific Investigation of Cordoba, Argentina


Selected Publications:

View Dr. Scaraffia's publications at her NCBI profile page.



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