Mosquitoes are carriers for some of our most significant blood-borne diseases including Malaria, Zika and Denque Fever. Would the world be a better place without them? Join us for an evening dedicated to these winged menaces.
Come face to face with mosquitoes – and see them being fed!
Meet scientists from the Doherty Institute, Bio21 and the University of Melbourne researching mosquitoes and how to stop them spreading disease.
Experience an interactive theatre performance developed by students from the VCA. Mamasquito is hungry and she’s eating for two…hundred. Sink your proboscis into a glass of red and shake your thorax. These Mama’s love to mingle so come join the swarm!
Ary Hoffmann undertakes research on Wolbachia bacteria living inside insects, climate change adaptation and pest control. His group is helping to develop novel approaches for suppressing disease transmission in mosquito vectors and for controlling agricultural pests, and his group examines new ways to predict vector distribution shifts and adaptive capacity under climate change. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a foreign fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is past president of the Australian Entomological Society and the Australasian Genetics Society. He heads a research team located at the Bio21 Institute of the University of Melbourne where he is a Laureate Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.
Professor Stephen Rogerson
I trained initially as a clinician. The opportunity to work in Papua New Guinea got me excited by infectious diseases and tropical medicine, and started me on a research career. After doing a PhD on malaria I spent four years in Malawi, where I became particularly interested in the effects of malaria on pregnant women, their placentas, and their babies, and how to prevent this major problem. I have since undertaken studies of malaria prevention in Malawi and PNG, and continue to work on the pathogenesis of malaria, and how immunity develops to help prevent this disease.
Kirsty McPherson studied biochemistry and molecular biology as an undergraduate and went on to do PhD studies at the Christchurch School of Medicine in New Zealand into the mechanisms by which oxidants can regulate transcription. In 2002, she moved to Germany where she spent six years at the University of Wuerzburg working with several groups on a diverse range of immunologically related projects including lymphocyte apoptosis, HIV replication, T cell development and signal transduction. In 2009, she moved to the University of Melbourne, working initially in the lab of Professor Dale Godfrey on Natural Killer T cells, and since 2012 has been employed as a Research Officer in Professor Cameron Simmons’ Group.
Species name/classification: Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti
Common name: Yellow fever mosquito
Synonyms and other name in use: Stegomyia aegypti
Aedes aegypti is a known vector of several viruses including yellow fever virus, dengue virus chikungunya virus and Zika virus. In Europe, imported cases are reported every year.
Thursday 7 September, 6pm