Congratulations to Rajat Mittal on receiving a Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant!

Rajat Mittal, PhD

IDIES member, Rajat Mittal received a Human Frontier Science Program Research Grant for his work studying the communicative properties of mosquito movements. Founded by a collective of scientists from around the world, the selective Human Frontier Science Program awards grants to international teams in an effort to “combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.”

Dr. Mittal will lead a research effort to develop a first-of-its-kind flow-acoustic computational model that will simulate the generation, direction, and intensity of these wing-tones based on the experimental data provided by collaborators at the University of Greenwich in London who will study free-flying mosquitoes in a laboratory. The goal is to create and deploy a wide range of experimental and computational modeling tools to learn more about the insect’s delicate dance and examine how mosquito swarms respond to external sounds.

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