Princeton University will be the recipient of a $2.4 million federal grant in support of its mosquito research, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez said in a joint statement.
Researchers at the university’s McBride Lab, the recipient of the grant, will use the funds to research what attracts mosquitoes to humans. The grant was awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Because of the rainy summer we have been experiencing, New Jersey has become a haven for mosquitos and the viruses they carry,” Menendez said in Monday’s statement.
The grant is scheduled to last from Sept. 30 to June 30, 2023.
“This grant funding will help protect public health by supporting groundbreaking research at Princeton into the mosquito species responsible for spreading illnesses like Zika, Dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus, and may ultimately hold the key to preventing the transmission of these diseases,” Booker said.