Mentor: Christopher John Potter, PhD
Mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases to humans around the world. The insects rely on their powerful sense of smell to detect humans, and Joshua Raji will exploit this to fight the bites. Raji plans to uncover the molecular targets that drive mosquitoes’ attraction to humans, and the human odors most crucial in activating these targets. Raji’s work could lead to novel ways of controlling mosquito behaviors, and ultimately protect humans from infectious bites.