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Insectary Core Facility

Mosquito Production

The goals of the Insectary Core range from studying the basic biology and physiology of arthropods to assessing the interactions of pathogens with their arthropod vectors. The core also supports genetically modified mosquito research. Research is led by Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI) faculty.

BSPH's Insectary Core

The Mosquito Maker

How are 50,000 mosquitoes made weekly in Baltimore? Look inside the BSPH's Insectary Core and listen to entomologist Chris Kizito tell you how. Originally from Uganda, Chris makes mosquitoes every day to fuel scientific research and discoveries. Watch the story here.


  • This Insectary is one of the largest in the U.S.A.

  • Fifty thousand mosquitoes are mass-produced weekly.

  • The Insectary core produces two of the main species of mosquitoes that transmit malaria: Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles stephensi. Other mosquito species, including Aedes and Culex, are reared as well. 

  • Researching mosquitoes leads to advancing science and innovative solutions.This is imperative when malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and other mosquito-borne diseases cause +1M deaths yearly.


Dr. Conor McMeniman
Facility Director   

Christopher Kizito
Facility Manager