|Dr. Gabriel Manrique
Investigador Independiente (CONICET), Profesor Asociado (FCEN-UBA)
In the lab we study different aspects of the Behaviour and Sensory Physiology of triatomine insects. Our main goal is to understand how these bloodsucking insects may acquire and use information from the environment in different behavioural contexts, like food seeking, sexual behaviour, refuge search, as well as aggregation, defensive and alarm behaviours. Additionally, we study the cognitive capabilities of these insects in these different contexts..The detailed knowledge of the relevant signals for communication, nature, origin, perception, behavioural action and context in which they act, would allow to interfere their communication channels and/or to manipulate the behaviour of these Chagas’ disease vectors.