Speaker Name(s): Ian Orchard, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Description: Rhodnius prolixus, the kissing bug, is a blood-feeding insect found in Central and South America. Rhodnius is one of the vectors for the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas’ disease in humans. This talk will examine the physiological and endocrinological aspects of Rhodnius that leads to the transmission of this disease, using data from its recently sequenced genome.