Characterizing the biological effects of novel insect repellants

Please join us on July 8, 2019, for our next edition of Cafe Scientifique, featuring Dr. David Lent from California State University, Fresno.

One of the most commonly used and effective insect repellents is DEET and has been in use, unchanged, for more than 60 years.  While DEET is very effective, it is known to be toxic, it has a short window of efficacy, loses its repellency effect over repeated exposure and it does lend itself well to agricultural applications.  This research, in part, involves characterizing the effects of DEET analogs on fruit fly behavior and neural pathways to find derivatives that improve on DEET.

Dr. Lent is a neuroethologist with a Ph.D. from The University of Arizona.  Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Fresno State.  He studies the neural basis of behavior in a number of different species with a strong focus on insects.

Who: Dr. David Lent, Department of Biology, Fresno State

When: July 8, 2019, at 7 PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave, Fresno, CA