My research focuses on the biology of arthropod vectors (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks and fleas) that transmit pathogens to humans and other animals.
Malaria, dengue virus, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and dog heartworm are just a few of the hundreds of vectorborne diseases found worldwide, affecting millions of people annually.
My lab is currently focused on the mosquito vectors of West Nile virus, dog heartworm and other vectorborne pathogens found in California. We combine field techniques with molecular tools in the laboratory to better understand the ecology and behavior of the mosquitoes and determine how their unique biology relates to disease transmission.
Courses Taught: Principles of Biology, Human Physiology
Ph.D. Entomology, University of California Davis, 2011
M.S. Biology, Truman State University, 2003
B.S. Biology, Truman State University, 2001