Heather Coatsworth
PhD Candidate
Graduate Student
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia Canada

Areas of Expertise:
vector competence, bioinformatics, gene editing, resistance mechanisms

Research Organisms:
Aedes aegypti


Research Focus:

I use bioinformatic and molecular techniques (RNAseq, 16S microbiome studies, GWAS, etc.) to identify resistance factors in dengue incompetent Aedes aegypti. These resistance factors are then targeted in knock-down and knock-out systems (using RNAi and CRISPR gene editing, respectively) for functional and fitness tests .