Mosquitoes may seem to bite us indiscriminately, but some people are targeted more than others. Join Nina Stanczyk to hear about how mosquitoes use smell to find people, why our body odour makes some of us more appealing to mosquitoes, and what we can do about it.
Nina spends her days with mosquitoes in the Department of Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently working on the development of new repellents and attractants as well as investigating whether mosquitoes infected with malaria change their behaviour in a way that makes them more likely to pass it on.
This event was part of Universities Week 2014, a week-long series of engaging activities exploring the everyday impact of university research on our lives. Find out about more public events at universities, museums and galleries in your local area.
This talk was facilitated by Jenny Jopson of the Francis Crick Institute.
This packed lunch event was recorded live on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at Wellcome Collection.
Photo: Anne Koerber/LSHTM