Evolution of blood-feeding behavior, Vector mosquitoes & Zoonotic diseases, host choice and host-seeking behavior of blood-feeding insects, control measures of vector-borne diseases.
Blood feeding patterns and host choice of mosquitoes are major biological events that facilitate the transmission cycles of vector-borne pathogens. Wild organisms serve as amplifying hosts for many pathogens including viruses that are transmissible to humans and other wildlife. Such disease-causing pathogens are transmitted to humans and wildlife through the bites of mosquitoes. My research focuses on the identification of mosquitoes that preferentially feed on different wild organisms, the diversity, distribution, abundance, and biting behavior of those mosquitoes as well as to identify the potential zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted to humans. The mosquito vectors and the vector control programs are one of the prime interests. In addition, I have been conducting collaborative research to determine the efficacy of botanical insecticides and the applications of nanotechnology in mosquito control programs.