LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Issue 4 | August 2022
World Mosquito Day marks the day in 1897 when Sir Ronald Ross discovered that the malaria parasite was carried by the Anopheles mosquito. His basic science finding has led to the development of life-saving interventions that have prevented countless deaths. Despite noteworthy progress, malaria deaths continue.
Scientific discoveries occur when researchers methodically test hypotheses. Often wrong, sometimes right, perseverance is key. No single tool available today is enough to solve the problem of malaria. We must continually innovate and combine old tools with new ones to accelerate advances against this endemic disease.
Our research on mosquitoes focuses on their basic biology. How do mosquitoes smell humans? How do they mate? How can we genetically modify the mosquito to make them resist the parasite to begin with? Our scientists actively search for ways to trick mosquitoes, so they are harmless, or to kill them, so they can’t harm us. Today, World Mosquito Day, I share below our latest findings, podcasts, and stories about the foundational research being conducted at the institute.
Peter Agre, MD
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Director
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Quarterly Newsletter #4 | August 2022