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Jan E. Conn, Ph.D.

  • Jan E. Conn

    Jan E. Conn, Ph.D.

    • Vector Biology and Population Genetics
    • Professor, School of Public Health, Biomedical Sciences

    • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1987
    • Postdoctoral training: Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1988-1990
    • Postdoctoral training: Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, 1990-1994

Research Interests

Dr. Conn is trained as a medical entomologist, cytogeneticist, and evolutionary geneticist. Research in Dr. Conn's laboratory focuses on the evolutionary genetics and phylogeography of several species of Neotropical malaria vectors. With Argentinian, Brazilian, Colombian, Panamanian and Peruvian collaborators using mitochondrial and nuclear genes, the laboratory is investigating:

  • The demographic history of Anopheles albimanus from the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia and Central America
  • The evolutionary genetics of the malaria vector Anopheles pseudopunctipennis from northwestern Argentina 
  • Lineage divergence and phylogeography of Anopheles albitarsis s.l. along the Amazon River 
  • Lineage divergence and phylogeography of Anopheles darlingi throughout its extensive range
  • Lineage divergence of the species complex Anopheles triannulatus s.l., a secondary malaria vector

The Conn laboratory also compares the phylogenetics and evolution of mitochondrial genomes of several mosquito species. Using microsatellite markers we are investigating population genetics of vectors in the Albitarsis Complex and Anopheles nuneztovari in Amazonian Brazil. We also analyze ecological and environmental aspects of anopheline larval breeding sites, and are beginning to use our data to construct ecological niche models. We are also testing hypotheses of vector species incrimination, behavior, abundance, and the effects of deforestation on biting rates in different habitats in Peru.

Select Publications

Ruiz-Lopez F, Wilkerson RC, Conn JE, McKeon SN, Levin DM, Quinones ML, Povoa MM, Linton Y-M.
DNA barcoding reveals both known and novel taxa in the Albitarsis Group (Anopheles: Nyssorhynchus) of Neotropical malaria vectors.
Parasites and Vectors.
(2012)
5
44.
Naranjo-Díaz N, Altamiranda M, Luckhart S, Conn JE, Correa MM.
Malaria vectors in ecologically heterogeneous localities of the Colombian Pacific region.
PLoS One.
(2014)
9
(8):
E103769.
Foley DH, Linton Y-M, Ruiz-Lopez JF, Conn JE, Sallum MAM, Povoa MM, Bergo ES, Oliveira TMP, Sucupira I, Wilkerson RC .
Geographic distribution, evolution, and disease importance of species within the Neotropical Anopheles albitarsis Group (Diptera, Culicidae).
Journal of Vector Ecology.
(2014)
39
(1):
168-181.
Loaiza, J. R., Scott, M. E., Bermingham, E., Sanjur, O. I., Wilkerson, R., Rovira, J., Gutierrez, L. A., Correa, M. M., Grijalva, M. J., Birnberg, L., Bickersmith, S. and Conn, J. E..
Late Pleistocene environmental changes lead to unstable demography and population divergence of Anopheles albimanus in the northern Neotropics.
Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution.
(2010)
57
(3):
1341-6.