2017 Go back to top

Some media coverage of our new paper in Scientific Reports identifying the potential for improving malaria control by when the mosquito vectors feed on animals as well as humans: Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India & Sanitizing cattle sheds may prevent malaria in India.

Simple mosquito killers are the new buzz in Gates Foundation’s malaria battle – coverage of the eave tube technology by the Seattle Times.

2016 Go back to top


Article in Penn State’s AgScience magazine touching on some of our work on invasions.

Coverage of our new article on invasive species in PNAS.

Matt was elected as a new Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for 2016.

2015 Go back to top

Penn State press release on our project to evaluate eave tubes for malaria control in Africa, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Some information on an interesting idea we have funded through the Grand Challenges Explorations scheme: Insects Feeding Insects.

2014 Go back to top

Some coverage of our paper in Climatic Change exploring the potential for local scale climate change impacts on malaria transmission:

2013 Go back to top

Continued success towards developing a biopesticide product for control of bed bugs. See also recent TV coverage.

Penn State press release on paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society exploring parasite manipulation in mosquitoes.

Penn State press release on new paper in Scientific Reports: Malaria infection risk influenced by daily temperature variations. See also The Climate News Network: Making malaria easier to track and ScienceDaily: New approach alters malaria maps.

2012 Go back to top

Matt was elected as an AAAS Fellow. See:

Nice interview with Nina Jenkins on Penn State Live discussing our bed bug work: Bed Bug Story New paper on fungal control of dengue vectors discussed in The Scientist.

2011 Go back to top

Paper in Biology Letters is highlighted in Nature News.

New NIH-funded International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMRs) focusing on complex malaria in India. Should be more info on this to follow but for now see this website.

New paper in PNAS extends our earlier work on malaria and reveals that daily temperature variation could play a role in the dynamics of dengue transmission.  See attached link for UC Davis press release.

New article highlights growing strength in malaria research at Penn State ().

2010 Go back to top

Penn State Press Release on new paper just published in Nature Communications. Brief articles (1, 2 and 3) in Scientific American highlighting our NSF award.

2009 Go back to top

Interesting news article in the The Scientist reporting on some of our work and discussing the broader issues around evolution-proof malaria control New paper in PNAS shows that fungal spores can effectively infect and kill malaria mosquitoes, even those that are resistant to pesticides, and that mosquitoes become more susceptible to the pesticides as the fungal infection increases. These results suggest the potential for using fungal biopesticides in novel strategies for insecticide-resistance management. 

News-article by ScienceDaily New paper in PNAS shows that daytime temperature fluctuations could greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and therefore transmission rates of the disease.

See press release by PSU and the commentary on our paper by Pascual et al. News-article by EnvironmentalResearchWeb News-article by ArsTechnica

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to Tom Baker, Matt Thomas and Andrew Read to study the potential to infect malaria-carrying mosquitoes with a fungus that – like a head cold – suppresses their sense of smell and their ability to find human hosts. 

News-article by CNN New paper in PLoS Biology identifies potential for evolution proof malaria control. See press release by PSU and the associated web cast.

Matt’s interview with Hannah Hoag on CKUT radio here. Large parts of Matt’s press-conference at the AAAS meeting in Chicago can be heard on ABC radio Our press-release is picked up by various blogs, e.g. ScienceDaily