Omar Akbari
Postdoctoral Student
Postdoctoral Scholar
Caltech
Pasadena, CA USA
Website
oakbari@caltech.edu

Areas of Expertise:
Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics

Research Organisms:
Drosophila Melanogaster, Aedes Aegypti.

 

Research Focus:

My research focuses on developing innovative population replacement methods for manipulating the composition and/or fate of the wild mosquito vector populations in ways that are catalytic: by introducing relatively small numbers of individuals into natural populations, resulting in effects that increase over time and in space, and that are self-sustaining. These approaches utilize synthetically engineered selfish genetic elements designed to rapidly spread themselves with linked cargo genes into wild populations.