Rockefeller University Mosquito Study

Are you a mosquito magnet? This scientific study is seeking volunteers to find out why some people are particularly attractive to mosquitoes. We think that female mosquitoes may target humans whose blood is particularly full of proteins or other nutrients important for producing healthy eggs and may target humans whose blood has more of these proteins and nutrients. We also think that humans may release odors that either attract or repel the mosquitoes and that these smells are produced by the bacteria that normally live on our skin and interact with our sweat. It is possible that different skin bacteria may explain differences in how people smell and how frequently they are targeted by mosquitoes.

We first need a way to separate out people who are frequently-targeted by mosquitoes from people who are rarely-targeted by mosquitoes. In this pilot study, we will determine the best way to do make this distinction. We will also figure out the best way to measure the health of mosquito offspring and the best way to survey the types of bacteria that live on every human's skin. Understanding why mosquitoes choose to bite particular groups of people may eventually allow us to develop new tools to reduce the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile fever.


If you are interested in helping us find the answers to these questions, you can call 212-327-SMELL (7635) or email us at at any time to inquire about current studies that you may qualify to participate in. You can also follow the conversation on our Facebook page.

We are currently enrolling volunteers to participate in this study:
LDI-0731 Pilot Study: Isolation of Cues that Drive Mosquito Preference for Certain Human Hosts

The Rockefeller University Mosquito Study seeks to recruit normal subjects to track down the why certain people are targeted by mosquitoes

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