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Diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks infect over half a billion people and cause nearly a million deaths annually. Professor Jean-Paul Paluzzi will discuss the biology of these blood-feeders and how we can use their blood sucking ways against them to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases linked to these pests.
About the Presenter:
Dr. Paluzzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at York University. As an animal physiologist, his research focuses on the functional biology of blood-feeding arthropods such as mosquitoes and ticks, which are vectors of various animal and human diseases. He studies secretory molecules produced in the central nervous system, called neurohormones, which are involved in almost all physiological processes in animals. Dr. Paluzzi’s research aims to discover regulatory hormones that control feeding, digestion, excretion, electrolyte balance, reproduction, and development. Many of these arthropod neurohormones (and their receptors) serve as models for mammalian counterparts as they have similar sequences or function. Ultimately, his research has important implications for understanding the basic biology of these organisms, which will aid in future development of novel compounds in efforts to control these vectors of disease.