Human Health and Wellbeing Research


This project characterizes the olfactory mechanisms that determine how the mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) specifically targets humans for blood feeding versus other animals.

Andrew Nuss
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2017

Anopheles stephensi mosquito

Genome to phenome studies by generating first-ever transgenic ticks.

Monika Gulia-Nuss
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 1-01-2018

removing tick from jar

This project investigates the regulation of adding and removing chemical marks (epigenetics) to the molecular packages that hold the blueprints (genes) that might be effecting heart enlargement and stiffness, with emphasis on controlling obesity-induced heart dysfunction. In addition, this project focuses on dietary food components that block these chemical marks and therefore would protect against heart enlargement and stiffness.

Brad Ferguson
Department of Nutrition
Start Date: 7-01-2016

Obesity in children