Jason Rasgon


Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology


  • Health & Medicine
  • Agriculture
  • Earth Science

Focus Areas:

  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathobiology
  • Entomology
  • Mosquitoes
  • Vector-borne Diseases
  • Climate Change
  • Hurricanes


  • Rasgon is interested in how natural genetic variation in wild vector populations conditions phenotypic variation in pathogen transmission, and how natural genetic variation in wild vector populations can be artificially altered to have a directed effect on pathogen transmission dynamics
  • Research integrates population biology, ecology, molecular tools and theory to address fundamental and applied questions related to vector arthropods and the pathogens they transmit

Jason Rasgon is a professor of entomology and disease epidemiology working at the interface of mosquito genetics and vector-borne disease control. Rasgon’s research focuses on vector arthropods and the pathogens they transmit, with emphasis on genetically-modified mosquitoes for disease control, pathogen transmission dynamics and bioterrorism issues. Ongoing projects include creation of methods to infect the mosquito Anopheles gambiae with the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia, development of viral-based systems for gene expression and studies of the relationship between ecological factors and the success of transgenic mosquito releases.

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