Departments & Organizations
My research focuses upon the reproductive biology of insect vectors of human disease. My Ph.D. thesis in the lab of Dr. Alex Raikhel, focused upon the effects of nutritional components of blood (amino acids) upon the transcriptional regulation of yolk protein genes in the Yellow Fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). My current work in the Aksoy lab involves the molecular characterization of reproductive processes of the viviparous Tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans morsitans). This work targets multiple aspects of reproduction in tsetse including nutrient metabolism and mobilization to the intrauterine offspring; identification and characterization of reproductive genes and regulatory mechanisms; the role of the obligatory symbiotic bacteria wigglesworthia in tsetse fertility.
Education & Training
|PhD||Michigan State University (2004)|
|BS||University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1994)|
|Postdoctoral Fellow||Yale School of Public Health|
Capacity Building in Kenya Nairobi, Kenya (2015 - 2015)
I will be leading a workshop on comparative genomic analysis of tsetse flies in March of 2015. The purpose of this workshop is to build scientific capacity in Kenya and provide training and experience in bioinformatic analysis and tsetse fly biology.