Areas of Expertise:
Insects, neuropeptides, hormones
Anopheles stephensi, Lygus hesperus, Manduca sexta
My research interests mainly are focused on the physiology of neurohormonal signaling in insects of agricultural, medical, and veterinary importance. I am particularly interested in peptide hormones of the gut and their role in insect behavior, digestion, and nutrient storage. Projects include insecticide discovery by targeting peptide receptors and physiological functions of peptide hormones produced in the insect gut and nervous system.
I am also interested in mosquito olfaction and the factors that allow certain species to discriminate between feeding on humans and other animals.