Yale School of Public Health
New Haven, CT United States
Areas of Expertise:
Insect Vector Biology, Reproductive Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology
Glossina morsitans, Aedes aegypti
My research focuses upon the reproductive biology of insect vectors of human disease. My Ph.D. thesis in Dr. Alex Raikhels lab 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.