Frank H. Collins
The George and Winifred Clark Professor of Biological Sciences
One of the faculty at the heart of Notre Dame’s world-renowned infectious disease research program is biologist Frank Collins, who was a key figure in the 2002 sequencing of the genome of Anopheles gambiae, the primary mosquito species responsible for transmitting malaria to humans.
Today, after years of directing the University’s global health center, Collins is leading two major malaria projects: the first is a contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop and manage a Web-based bioinformatics resource center, VectorBase, that provides scientists worldwide with all data related to the genomes of arthropod vectors. The second is directing the Gates Foundation-funded Malaria Transmission Consortium, a group of scientists at research institutions in the United States and abroad who are working to develop more effective ways to measure malaria transmission and better assess the efficacy of malaria control methods.
Collins is also working on a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project that is utilizing the information found in vector genomes to develop safe and effective insecticides to protect troops abroad.
In 1954, George and Winifred Clark, residents of Mishawaka, Ind., established a fund at the University for the support of distinguished faculty. Over time, earnings from this fund were used to establish two Clark Professorships, one in biology and another in chemistry.