College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

Entomologists Remember Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Mir S. Mulla

Celebrating the contributions of Dr. Mir S. Mulla in developing innovative, practical and sustainable management strategies for insect vectors. His work led to vast improvements in the medical and economic health of the Coachella Valley.
Video produced and narrated by the late UCR videographer James Brown for a symposium in 2007 honoring Mulla's 50 years of service to the university, the community and the world.
Dr. Mir Subhan Mulla PhD passed away peacefully at home January 29, 2023 at age 97. Born February 15, 1925 (his chosen birthday) in Zangawat, Afghanistan.
In his 50 year career as a medical entomologist, Dr. Mulla pioneered insect control methods throughout Southern California and the world. Mir’s techniques for eye gnat and mosquito control improved people’s health worldwide. He was a prolific scientist who authored more than 500 scientific publications. He loved field work and was a demanding editor, guiding over 30 graduate students. Mir led World Health Organization efforts to help developing countries control vector-borne diseases, including malaria. He traveled to many countries in this endeavor. Dr. Mulla’s honors include election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Entomologic Society of America.
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