Read about Estela Arrese, Ph.D., in the September 2010 issue.
Oklahoma State University
Mosquitoes, moths and flies—Estela Arrese studies them all to learn how they store food as fat and later break it down for energy. She's driven by the stringent work ethic she learned as a girl on her family's farm in rural Argentina.
What she finds could improve our understanding of human disorders that relate to fat storage and metabolism, including diabetes, obesity and heart disease. It could also lead to new ways to pest–proof crops and combat mosquito–borne diseases like malaria and West Nile Virus.