I am an assistant professor with a background in entomology, molecular biology and genetics. My work focuses on the reproductive biology of insect vectors of human disease. The primary subjects of my work have been mosquitoes and tsetse flies.
My graduate work at Michigan State University dealt with understanding how female mosquitoes regulate gene expression in response to blood feeding. In my work as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist I studied the reproductive biology and genetics of tsetse flies, unique insects that lactate and give birth to live young! My lab will continue to explore the fascinating biology underlying the reproduction of this important vector insect. This work covers multiple areas of reproduction in tsetse including nutrition; analysis of genes associated with reproduction; the role symbiotic bacteria play in tsetse reproduction; and the interactions between insect vectors and the parasites they vector.
In addition to my science work I also enjoy photography, illustration and 3D modeling. When I can, I try to incorporate my passion for art with science to clearly communicate concepts to non-scientists. I've included a multimedia section of this site from which you can view collection of galleries containing representative samples of photography, illustrations, artwork and videos. I have also included a list of publications which link to their associated pages at the Pubmed database. Feel free to get in touch or come for a visit to the lab. The contact information for the lab is on the Contact link.
I am a current undergraduate student majoring in Global Disease Biology. I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Entomology focusing on vector-borne disease and hope to work with tsetse flies, phlebotomine sand flies, and mosquitos. I want to leverage my knowledge and experience of medicine and disease obtained throughout my travels, after five years as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, to better understand vector-borne diseases. I have experience treating vector-borne disease from the Middle East, South Pacific, and Central and South America.