Dr. Serap Aksoy
Faculty Member
New Haven, Connecticut USA

Areas of Expertise:
symbiosis, immunity, vector competence, genomics, trypanosome

Research Organisms:
anopheles gambiae, Anopheles stephensi, Drosophilia, hypothenemus hampei, macrosteles fasitrons, tsetse flies


Research Focus:

Our lab studies multiple aspects of tsetse flies, the vectors of African trypanosomes. Trypanosomes are the causative agents of the devastating Sleeping Sickness disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The lab’s work spans a range of projects including tsetse immunity, reproduction and symbiosis, tsetse-symbiont and trypanosome interactions, tsetse genomics and population genetics, and trypanosome developmental processes in tsetse. The ultimate goal of our work is to improve current control methods and/or develop novel strategies to reduce or eliminate the transmission of Sleeping Sickness in Sub-Saharan Africa.