Jason Rasgon

Professor of Entomology and Disease Epidemiology

Jason Rasgon

Research Summary

Integrating population biology, ecology, molecular tools and theory to address fundamental and applied questions related to vector arthropods and the pathogens they transmit.

Graduate Students

Huck Affiliations

Publication Tags

Culicidae Wolbachia Infection Anopheles Malaria Anopheles Gambiae Culex Zika Virus Viruses West Nile Virus Parasites Population Genetics Genes Mental Competency Aquaporins Vector Competence Insects Virus Diseases Arthropods Arboviruses Plasmodium Berghei Mosquito Gene Flow Oocysts Aedes

Most Recent Papers

Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) mediates Zika virus entry, replication, and egress from host cells

Sujit Pujhari, Marco Brustolin, Vanessa M. Macias, Ruth H. Nissly, Masashi Nomura, Suresh V. Kuchipudi, Jason L. Rasgon, 2019, Emerging Microbes and Infections on p. 8-16

Targeted delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 ribonucleoprotein into arthropod ovaries for heritable germline gene editing

Duverney Chaverra-Rodriguez, Vanessa M. Macias, Grant L. Hughes, Sujit Pujhari, Yasutsugu Suzuki, David R. Peterson, Donghun Kim, Sage McKeand, Jason Laurence Rasgon, 2018, Nature communications

Dehydration prompts increased activity and blood feeding by mosquitoes

Richard W. Hagan, Elise M. Didion, Andrew E. Rosselot, Christopher J. Holmes, Samantha C. Siler, Andrew J. Rosendale, Jacob M. Hendershot, Kiaira S.B. Elliot, Emily C. Jennings, Gabriela A. Nine, Paula L. Perez, Alexandre E. Rizlallah, Miki Watanabe, Lindsey E. Romick-Rosendale, Yanyu Xiao, Jason Laurence Rasgon, Joshua B. Benoit, 2018, Scientific reports

Anopheles mosquitoes may drive invasion and transmission of Mayaro virus across geographically diverse regions

Marco Brustolin, Sujit Pujhari, Cory A. Henderson, Jason L. Rasgon, 2018, PLoS neglected tropical diseases

Potential biological control of Erwinia tracheiphila by internal alimentary canal interactions in Acalymma vittatum with Pseudomonas fluorescens

D. C. Roberts, Shelby Jay Fleischer, Joyce Megumi Sakamoto, Jason Laurence Rasgon, 2018, Journal of Applied Microbiology on p. 1137-1146

Vector competence of selected North American Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes for Zika virus

Brittany L. Dodson, Sujit Pujhari, Jason L. Rasgon, 2018, PeerJ

Functional characterization of Aquaporin-like genes in the human bed bug Cimex lectularius

Hitoshi Tsujimoto, Joyce M. Sakamoto, Jason L. Rasgon, 2017, Scientific reports

Wolbachia effects on Rift Valley fever virus infection in Culex tarsalis mosquitoes

Brittany L. Dodson, Elizabeth S. Andrews, Michael J. Turell, Jason L. Rasgon, 2017, PLoS neglected tropical diseases

Vector competence of Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes for Zika virus

Brittany L. Dodson, Jason L. Rasgon, 2017, PeerJ

Aquaglyceroporin function in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae

Kun Liu, Hitoshi Tsujimoto, Yuzheng Huang, Jason L. Rasgon, Peter Agre, 2016, Biology of the Cell on p. 294-305

Most-Cited Papers

Wolbachia infections are virulent and inhibit the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum in Anopheles gambiae

Grant L. Hughes, Ryuichi Koga, Ping Xue, Takema Fukatsu, Jason L. Rasgon, 2011, PLoS pathogens

Harnessing mosquito-Wolbachia symbiosis for vector and disease control

Kostas Bourtzis, Stephen L. Dobson, Zhiyong Xi, Jason Laurence Rasgon, Maurizio Calvitti, Luciano A. Moreira, Hervé C. Bossin, Riccardo Moretti, Luke Anthony Baton, Grant L. Hughes, Patrick Mavingui, Jeremie R.L. Gilles, 2014, Acta Tropica

Wolbachia Enhances West Nile Virus (WNV) Infection in the Mosquito Culex tarsalis

Brittany L. Dodson, Grant L. Hughes, Oluwatobi Paul, Amy C. Matacchiero, Laura D. Kramer, Jason L. Rasgon, 2014, PLoS neglected tropical diseases

Native microbiome impedes vertical transmission of Wolbachia in Anopheles mosquitoes

Grant L. Hughes, Brittany L. Dodson, Rebecca M. Johnson, Courtney C. Murdock, Hitoshi Tsujimoto, Yasutsugu Suzuki, Alyssa A. Patt, Long Cui, Carlos W. Nossa, Rhiannon M. Barry, Joyce Megumi Sakamoto, Emily A. Hornett, Jason Laurence Rasgon, 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 12498-12503

Wolbachia infections in Anopheles gambiae cells

Grant L. Hughes, Xiaoxia Ren, Jose L. Ramirez, Joyce M. Sakamoto, Jason A. Bailey, Anne E. Jedlicka, Jason L. Rasgon, 2011, PLoS pathogens on p. e1001296

Wolbachia strain wAlbB enhances infection by the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei in Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes

Grant L. Hughes, Joel Vega-Rodriguez, Ping Xue, Jason L. Rasgon, 2012, Applied and environmental microbiology on p. 1491-1495

Mass drug administration of ivermectin in south-eastern Senegal reduces the survivorship of wild-caught, blood fed malaria vectors

Massamba Sylla, Meg Gray, Phillip L. Chapman, Moussa D. Sarr, Jason Laurence Rasgon, 2010, Malaria journal

Aquaporin water channel AgAQP1 in the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae during blood feeding and humidity adaptation

Kun Liu, Hitoshi Tsujimoto, Sung Jae Cha, Peter Agre, Jason L. Rasgon, 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 6062-6066

Temperature alters Plasmodium blocking by Wolbachia

Courtney C. Murdock, Simon Blanford, Grant L. Hughes, Jason L. Rasgon, Matthew B. Thomas, 2014, Scientific reports

Population genetic data suggest a role for mosquito-mediated dispersal of West Nile virus across the western United States

Meera Venkatesan, Jason L. Rasgon, 2010, Molecular ecology on p. 1573-1584

News Articles Featuring Jason Rasgon

More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

As it becomes too warm for comfort, the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria may lose the battle against climate change in Africa. But a new foe is on the horizon.

Gene-edited mosquitoes are ready for the U.S. — but is the U.S. ready for them?

In mid-June, Florida’s department of agriculture and consumer services approved a plan to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild.

Gene-editing protocol for whitefly pest opens door to control

Whiteflies are among the most important agricultural pests in the world, yet they have been difficult to genetically manipulate and control, in part, because of their small size. An international team of researchers has overcome this roadblock by developing a CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing protocol that could lead to novel control methods for this devastating pest.

Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash

For 10 years, the company Oxitec has been testing whether genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes can suppress populations of their natural brethren, which carry devastating viruses such as Zika and dengue. Its strategy: Deploy (nonbiting) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bearing a gene that should doom most of their offspring before adulthood.

Graphene film promising for blocking mosquitoes

Health officials are touting a new protection against bloodsucking insects amid reports of a rare mosquito-borne disease that has infected four people in Massachusetts, killing one woman.