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Department of Microbiology Insectary Core

Insectary Core

NYU Langone’s Insectary Core produces mosquitoes for use in malaria research studies. We rear Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes and infect them with four rodent malaria strains weekly. Additional Plasmodium strains can be grown upon request. We ship live, sporozoite-infected A. stephensi to external investigators for research use.

Each cage contains a minimum of 150 mosquitoes, but typically between 200 to 250, with infectivity rates of 90 to 100 percent. The following biosafety level 1 rodent malaria species are available:

  • P. yoelii 17XNL
  • P. yoelii 17XNL-GFP
  • P. berghei NK65
  • P. berghei ANKA-GFP
  • P. berghei ANKA-luciferase

Although the numbers of sporozoites obtained per mosquito are variable from week to week, typical yields are 30,000 to 40,000 P. yoelii sporozoites or 10,000 to 20,000 P. berghei sporozoites per mosquito.

Because of transportation and regulatory permit guidelines governing the shipping of live animal vectors, we are only able to provide live, sporozoite-infected A. stephensi mosquito stock to investigators within the continental United States.

We ship mosquito cages under UN 2900 guidelines governing infectious substances that cause disease only in animals. Recipients pay all shipping charges and are responsible for returning empty biosafety shipping suitcases.

Insectary Core Staff

The Insectary Core has full- and part-time staff.

Ana M. Rodriguez Fernandez, PhD
Director, Insectary Core

Jean Nonon
Research Technician

Sandra Gonzalez
Associate Research Technician

Hedy Rocha
Research Technician (part-time)

Contact Us

The Insectary Core is located in NYU Langone’s Department of Microbiology at 341 East 25th Street, in rooms 400, 401, and 402.

To learn more about the Insectary Core or to place an order, contact Ana M. Rodriguez Fernandez, PhD, director, at or at 646-501-6997.