Postdoctoral Research Assistant
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina United States
Areas of Expertise:
Molecular genetics, developmental genetics
Tribolium castaneum, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, Drosophila melanogaster
My primary research focus is on the characterization of the naturally occurring, selfish genetic element, Medea, in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Medea operates by killing any offspring of a heterozygous mother that do not inherit at least one copy from either parent, but how the element causes this lethality, or prevents it, is still unknown. Understanding this function could give us valuable insight into selfish genetic elements, and perhaps even enable us to use Medea as a stable gene-drive in other species.
I am also working with others in the lab to help develop molecular tools for studying the genetics of the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera.