Dr. Flaminia Catteruccia is Associate Professor at the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Harvard School of Public Health. Her main research focus is the study of the molecular basis of mating and reproduction in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the major malaria vectors. Her research aims at answering basic biological questions on the factors and mechanisms shaping fertility in mosquitoes, with the view to develop new tools for vector control programs.
Dr. Catteruccia trained as a molecular entomologist at Imperial College London, where she achieved the first genetic manipulation of Anopheles mosquitoes. She has contributed to the generation of a number of tools for molecular and genetic studies in mosquitoes, to aid the implementation of genetic strategies for vector control. Her work includes field studies in a number of African countries to confirm and expand the laboratory findings of her research group.