Geoffrey Attardo

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Assistant Professor


Department of Entomology and Nematology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Offices and Labs

Briggs Hall, Room 37 B
Briggs Hall, Room 37

Profile Introduction

Arthropod vectored diseases cause more than 1 billion cases of illness and over 1 million deaths in humans each year. My work centers on understanding the reproductive biology of insect vectors of human disease. The goal of this work is to develop a detailed understanding of the molecular biology and physiology of these insects and to exploit this information to control these insects and the diseases they transmit. I use molecular biology and biochemical techniques in my research to address these questions. I also incorporate new technologies such as high throughput DNA sequencing and metabolomics which expand beyond the capabilities of traditional molecular techniques to understand the biology of these organisms at a systems level.


2004 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Genetics Michigan State University
1994 Bachelor of Science (BS) Entomology University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Contribution

Research Interests

Insect Vector Biology, Reproductive Biology, Nutritional Regulation and Metabolism, Symbiosis, Transcriptional Regulation, Genomics,


  • Study of lipid metabolism during tsetse pregnancy and the role that symbiotic bacteria play in this process
  • Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the expression of genes coding for milk proteins during the lactation cycle
  • Understanding the physiology behind mating effects on female tsetse flies and the role of male seminal secretions on female fertility
  • Comparative genomic analysis of different tsetse species to identify factors associated with vectorial capacity
  • Understanding the nutritional and metabolic impact of trypanosome infection on female tsetse flies and their reproduction
  • Development of new non-invasive detection techniques to measure changing physiological states and determine trypanosome infection in flies using hyperspectral imaging


Winner of the 2010 Fogarty Grantee Photo contest
NIH/Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Training Fellowship (2006)

Department and Center Affiliations

Entomology Graduate Group
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Group


Entomological Society of America
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Specialties / Focus

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Gene Regulation
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Signal Transduction


ENT 153 Medical Entomology (Winter)

Personal Interests

In addition to my science work I also enjoy photography, illustration and 3D modeling. When I can, I try to incorporate my passion for art with science to clearly communicate concepts to non-scientists. You can view a collection of galleries containing representative samples of photography, illustrations, artwork and videos at my lab site under the multimedia tab. website


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