Frank Collins

Frank Collins

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George and Winifred Clark Professor of Biological Sciences

Office: 313 Galvin Life Science
Phone: 574-631-9245

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Areas of Expertise

Malaria, bioinformatics, malaria transmission and control

Collins, the former director of the Eck Institute for Global Health, was one of the key figures in the 2002 sequencing of the genome of Anopheles gambiae, the primary mosquito species that transmits the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum to humans. The Collins laboratory also directs two other major malaria projects. One is a contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop and manage a Web-based bioinformatics resource center that provides scientists with access to all data related to the genomes of arthropod vectors. Collins’ other major research activity is directing the Malaria Transmission Consortium, a group of scientists at multiple research institutions who work on developing more effective ways to measure malaria transmission and use those measures to better assess the effectiveness of malaria control methods that target mosquito vectors. He has had his research published in a number of scholarly publications, including Science, Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genetics and many other scientific journals.


National Institutes of Health renews funding for VectorBase program at Notre Dame
Notre Dame entomologists help discover new species of malaria-transmitting mosquito
Notre Dame researchers provide new genetic information about the circadian rhythms of the malaria mosquito
Collins has key roles in malERA study to globally eradicate malaria
Notre Dame VectorBase project offers genomic resources
Eck Institute researchers have strong presence in prestigious journal Science
Notre Dame research awards exceed $100 million
Collins named an ambassador for global health research
Notre Dame to commit $80 million to new research initiatives
Gates Foundation grant to support malaria control research


The Wall Street Journal — Gene-Editing Technology Could Help Eradicate Malaria, Study Shows