Jinsong Zhu

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Jinsong Zhu, an associate professor of biochemistry, for his research into the use of genetic engineering and chemical intervention to suppress mosquito populations or to impede their ability to transmit infectious diseases.

Photo of Scholar of the Week Jinsong ZhuZhu is an expert in insects and other pests affecting humans. His work is mainly concerned with infectious diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika that are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. He is interested in the hormonal control of mosquito egg production and the molecular interaction between mosquitoes and malaria parasites.

He is also a member of the Vector-Borne Disease Research Group within the Fralin Life Science Institute, where his laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanism that controls mosquito reproduction and investigates how the mosquito immune system responds to malaria parasites.

Zhu received his B.S. in genetics from Wuhan University, China, and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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