Meg Younger

Department: 1230 York Ave
Start Year: 2014
Starting Institution: The Rockefeller Center
Current Institution: The Rockefeller Center
Project Title: Processing of human odorants in the mosquito antennal lobe.

Female mosquitoes show intense human host-seeking behavior. Attraction to components of human odor such as lactic acid is enhanced by carbon dioxide (CO2). This sensitization to otherwise unattractive human cues is poorly understood. The aim of my project as a Grass Fellow is to understand how human odor processing occurs downstream of Olfactory Sensory Neurons in the brain of the Dengue fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.