Frank H. Collins
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, now in its 8th year, to develop and manage a Web-based informatics resource center, VectorBase, that provides scientists worldwide with all data related to the genomes of arthropod vectors of human pathogens. The second is the Gates Foundation-funded Malaria Transmission Consortium, a group of scientists at research institutions in the United States, England, Australia and 6 developing tropical countries who are working to develop more effective ways to measure malaria transmission and assess the efficacy of malaria control measures.
Collins is also working on several additional projects, including a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project that is utilizing the information found in vector genomes to develop new safe and effective insecticides and an additional Gates Foundation project called VECNet, that is building a web-based resource for modeling and analysis of malaria transmission and control data from across the globe.
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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.