Shavonn Whiten
Graduate Student
Doctoral Student | Graduate Research Assistant
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas United States

Areas of Expertise:
Vector Biology | Insect Molecular Toxicology | Proteomics

Research Organisms:
Aedes aegypti | Cimex lectularius | Blattella germanica | Periplaneta americana


Research Focus:

My doctoral research seeks to identify and characterize adult Aedes aegypti midgut peritrophic matrix heme-binding proteins that may serve as novel targets for molecular based vector and vector-borne disease control. My interest in mosquitoes arose summer of 2011 while an exchange student in Cape Coast, Ghana, Africa as part of the NIH/San Diego State University MHIRT program. Continuing with this interest, I conducted research entitled, “The Influence of Ambient Temperature on the Susceptibility of Aedes aegypti to the Pyrethroid Insecticide Permethrin” for my MS at Montana State University. Building on my MS research, my current doctoral project seeks alternatives to traditional insecticide based control in an era of increasing insecticide resistance. Most recently, I was selected by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) to participate in the Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research (GSOAR) program. Through GSOAR, I spent 10 weeks at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research (LMVR) furthering my doctoral research.