Global Health Topic(s): Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases
Research Interests: Mosquito immunology and physiology, mosquito-parasite interactions
Julián Hillyer is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on basic aspects of mosquito immunology and physiology, focusing on the mechanical and molecular bases of hemolymph (blood) propulsion, and the immunological interaction between mosquitoes and pathogens in the hemocoel (body cavity). A goal of this research is to discover endogenous pathways that could be manipulated to disrupt the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.