ANTHONY A. JAMES, Principal Investigator
Donald Bren Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine
Donald Bren Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
School of Biological Sciences
PH.D., University of California, Irvine

Dr. James is a distinguished Donald Bren Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (School of Medicine) and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Dr. James received his bachelors of science and PhD degrees at UCI. He went to Boston in 1979 for postdoctoral work (Harvard Medical School and Brandeis University) and joined the faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1985. He returned to his alma mater in 1989, where he is today. He is working on vector-parasite interactions, mosquito molecular biology, and other problems in insect developmental biology. His research emphasizes the use of genetic and molecular-genetic tools to develop synthetic approaches to interrupting pathogen transmission by mosquitoes. Dr. James is the Principal Investigator for the UC, Irvine Malaria Initiative.

Co-Investigators

Ethan Bier
Professor
Cell and Developmental Biology
PH.D., University of California, San Diego

Dr. Bier is a professor in the Cell and Developmental Biology Section at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). During the past 25 years at UCSD, he has used fruit flies to study basic developmental patterning processes that have been highly conserved during evolution. He also has used fruit flies to study mechanisms of human disease, focusing on understanding the mechanisms by which bacterial toxins contribute to breaching host barriers. Most recently, the Bier lab has developed a novel genetic method referred to as Active Genetics, which allows adults to transmit a desired trait to nearly all of their offspring rather than to only 50 percent of their progeny, as occurs with traditional Mendelian inheritance. Active genetics promises to revolutionize control of vector borne diseases (e.g., malaria) and pests and to greatly accelerate genetic manipulation of organisms for medical and agricultural research.

 

 

John Marshall
Assistant Professor in Residence
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
PhD., University of California, Berkeley

 

Dr. Marshall is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, having recently completed postdoctoral research on malaria epidemiology at Imperial College, population genetics in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Hays at Caltech, and field work at the Malaria Research and Training Center in Mali.

 

Gregory Lanzaro
Professor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
PhD., University of California, Davis

Dr. Lanzaro,  His principal interest is in the population genetics of insect vectors of human and animal diseases. He has worked on sand fly vectors of leishmaniasis, but his principal focus is on mosquito vectors of human malaria in Africa, and more recently, the mosquito vector of dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses

 

Ziad Haddad
UCLA
Research Scientist
Joint Institute for regional Earth System science and Engineering

Dr. Haddad is Faculty and Researcher at UCLA JIFRESSE: Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering and Group Supervisor in the Radar Science Group and Assistant Section Manager of Radar Science and Engineering at NASA JPL/Caltech and Project Scientist in the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering at UCLA.