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The Vector Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis is dedicated to research and training in the areas of population & molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics of insect vectors of human and animal disease. We have developed a program aimed at expanding knowledge that may be applied to improving control of disease vectors and that also addresses problems of interest in the field of evolutionary genetics.

We are currently engaged in a range of projects, but our major research focus is on vectors of malaria in Africa.

The research programs within the Vector Genetics Laboratory are directed by Gregory Lanzaro, a professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI) of the School of Veterinary Medicine (VM) and Anton Cornel, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Recent News

April 25. 2023
Today is World Malaria Day. Danspaid Maanda is featured as one of 7 gene drive researchers on the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Blog and UCMI is featured today on Tela Non, a prominent news outlet in São Tomé and Príncipe today.

April 11. 2023
Our annual Undergraduate Research Interest Seminar has been scheduled! Head over to the undergrad research program page to learn more.

Undergraduate Research Program

Hey Undergrads, are you interested in a position in a research lab?
Our annual undergraduate interest seminar is held each year in May for UC Davis undergrads interested in joining our lab. The interest seminar provides an opportunity to learn about the research being conducted in the VGL, to hear about opportunities offered to participating students, and to arrange an interview for admission into the VGL Undergraduate Research Program. Learn more