• Lindy McBride
  • Lindy McBride wins two large grants for research into disease vector mosquitoes

    Assistant Professor Lindy McBride, jointly appointed in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has won two large grants to support her ongoing research into disease vector mosquitoes.
    On Oct. 2, the National Institutes of Health announced that McBride had received one of 33 NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards for “unusually creative scientists with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career,” pledging $2.4 million to her research over the next five years. On Oct. 23, the New York Stem Cell Foundation named her one of their six NYSCF-Robertson Investigators for 2018, announcing that they will provide $1.5 million over five years to each of these “promising early career scientists whose cutting-edge research holds the potential to accelerate treatments and cures.”
    The National Institutes of Health awards grants annually that will provide funding to extraordinarily creative scientists proposing highly innovative research to address major challenges in biomedical science. The grants are part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which supports ideas with the potential for great impact in biomedical research from across the broad scope of the NIH. 
    McBride's lab currently combines genomics, neurogenetics, and neural imaging to understand how the brain and behavior of disease vector mosquitoes have evolved to help them exploit human hosts and habitats. McBride's awards and the lab's research is currently a featured story on the Princeton University website: Why do mosquitoes choose us? Lindy McBride is on the case.