Institute for Global Health
Center for Medicine Health and Society
Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation (VI4)
The Hillyer Lab investigates aspects of mosquito immunology and physiology related to their ability to transmit diseases such as malaria. The lab focuses on the mechanical and molecular bases of hemolymph (blood) propulsion, the immunological interaction between mosquitoes and pathogens in the hemocoel (body cavity), and the effect of life history on immune competence.