In Memoriam: Que Lan
UW-Madison entomology professor Que Lan died on March 7 in Madison after a sudden illness during treatment of gastric cancer. Lan had been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology since 2001 and affiliated with the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center since 2009.
Lan’s research focused on employing the tools of molecular biology to develop new ways to control insects. She had a longstanding interest in understanding how insects metabolize cholesterol and successfully developed inhibitors to block this pathway.
She had major projects devoted to identifying novel insecticides from bacteria that kill or repel mosquitoes. Lan applied her skills in cell biology to develop new ways to produce transgenic mosquitoes that could reduce vectoring of pathogens that cause human diseases such as malaria.
In a 2010 article in CALS' Grow magazine, Lan noted that her research in this area was motivated in part by her memories of having contracted malaria as a child.
Lan is survived by her husband, Dave Dyer, and their children Crystal and Hunter of Madison; her parents in Wuhan, China; and extended family. She was born in 1959 in Wuhan, ...
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014