We, the members of the McBride Lab, are outraged by the continual discrimination, harassment, and violence against Black and Brown people, including the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. We stand with our colleagues and millions of people around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

While these atrocities are not novel or unique, we are speaking out now to publicly affirm our support for our Black and Brown colleagues and to acknowledge that our academic community is not immune to the pernicious effects of racism. As a lab, we are discussing strategies to actively combat racism and other forms of hate-based discrimination in our scientific communities and everyday lives. We will be providing more information on this website over the next several weeks and months about actions we plan to take in our community.

Noah’s preprint on the ecological and genomic drivers of mosquito preference for humans within Africa was just written up in Science. Check it out here!

(Unfortunately, the article does not highlight the important role played by various collaborators, including several groups that helped brainstorm and coordinate field work as well as Verily Life Sciences that conducted all the genome sequencing.)

First weekly lab check-in to maintain contact and mental health during self-isolation imposed by covid-19

Congratulations to Elisha Adaui for passing his general exam! Elisha will be using scRNAseq to examine patterns of chemoreceptor expression in mosquito antennae.

Sad to say goodbye to Alexis and David here at our going-away picnic. They are off to grad school! But also happy to welcome Summer Kotb, Jaskiran Kaur, Alex Colón, and Jess Breda (and Azwad Iqbal and Eliza Ewing who couldn’t make it).