Chloé Lahondère


Dr. Lahondère is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry. She obtained her B.S. in Integrative & Evolutionnary Biology (2007), M.S. in Insect Science (2009) and Ph.D. in Life Sciences & Entomology (2012) from the University François Rabelais of Tours, France. She then moved to Seattle, WA, to conduct her post-doc in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington, before joining Virginia Tech in 2017.

The Lahondère lab at Virginia Tech works on disease vector insects (mosquitoes, tsetse flies, kissing bugs) and, in particular, the study of their physiology, behavior and ecology. In relation to global change, the Lahondère lab focuses on two main projects:


1) The effects of the environmental temperature on mosquito-host-pathogens interaction

2) The mosquito-plant interactions, with a focus on invasive species, including Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, both able to spread several diseases including Zika.

The lab relies on an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to examine these questions bridging field work, molecular biology, physiology and neuroethology, to understand the effect of climate change at the scale of insects that are of medical and epidemiological importance.


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Recent Relevant Publications

Lazzari C.R., Fauquet A. and C. Lahondère. Kissing bugs avoid cannibalism by thermoregulating (2018). Journal of Insect Physiology. 107:29–33. 

Vinauger C.*, Lahondère C.*, Wolff G.H., Locke L.T., Liaw J.E., Parrish J.Z., Akbari O.S., Dickinson M.H. and J.A. Riffell. Dopamine modulation of host learning in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (2018). Current Biology, 28, 333–344.

Lahondère C., Insausti T., Paim RMM, Luan X., Belev G., Pereira MH., Ianowski J.P. and C.R. Lazzari (2017). Countercurrent heat exchange and thermoregulation during blood-feeding in kissing bugs. eLife. 2017; 6:e26107.

Lutz E.K, Lahondère C., Vinauger, C. and J.A. Riffell (2017). Olfactory learning and chemical ecology of olfaction in disease vector mosquitoes: A life history perspective. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 20:75-83.

Vinauger C., Lahondère C., Anna Cohuet, C.R. Lazzari and Jeffrey A. Riffell (2016). Learning and memory in disease vector insects. Trends in Parasitology. 32(10):761–771.

Lahondère C. and C.R. Lazzari (2015). Thermal effect of blood feeding in the telmophagous fly Glossina morsitans morsitansJournal of Thermal Biology. 48:45-50.

Lahondère C. and C.R. Lazzari (2012). Mosquitoes cool down during blood feeding to avoid overheating, Current Biology, 22(1): 40-45.