Recognized as one of the world’s leading vector biologists, Anthony James – Distinguished Professor of microbiology & molecular genetics and molecular biology & biochemistry at UCI – is leading the global effort to eradicate malaria and dengue fever by creating strains of mosquitoes that cannot pass viruses or pathogens on to humans. The work one day may help save millions of lives. For this, he’s been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. On Friday, Oct. 17, James will give the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture. In his talk, “Malaria Eradication: The Goal of a Century,” he will discuss a number of novel, genetics-based strategies that he and others have designed to target mosquitoes as part of a worldwide campaign to wipe out malaria. The lecture starts at 3 p.m. in the Crystal Cove Auditorium at UCI’s Student Center. The event is free. Click here for more information.