Babak Ebrahimi, Ph.D.
I am an expert in vector behavior and ecology. I received my M.S.P.H. in Medical Entomology and Vector Control, studying the epidemiology of leishmaniasis. My doctorate focused on the biology of plant-mosquito associations, in the laboratory of Woody Foster at The Ohio State University. I extended my studies there and did a short post-doc. I have developed and tested plant-based attractants for mosquitoes, and studied the effect of plant sugar availability on the vectorial capacity of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. I am continuing to focus on the interaction between mosquitoes and their plant hosts in the DeGennaro lab.
My goal is to uncover the olfactory receptors necessary for Aedes aegypti to find nectar meals. In addition, I will continue my work in designing attractive odor blends for mosquitoes. I am currently spearheading a field study of a newly designed mosquito trap funded by the State of Florida.