Faculty Spotlight

Charles Taylor

I have worked on many interesting and diverse research problems in my laboratory, including machine intelligence. However, I am currently pursuing my other passion, which is addressing major world health problems. In particular, I have been working on how to tackle the worldwide resurgence of malaria, which is one of the deadliest diseases in the world, killing more than a million people every year. We are working, along with many other labs, toward malaria control by genetically modifying the local mosquito populations. Before trials can be conducted we will need to have a good understanding of the population genetics and ecology of the local mosquito populations so that the progress and evolutionary consequences of the modification can be evaluated. We have also been analyzing things that might go wrong with mosquito control programs.

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