I am a PhD student in the O’Tousa Lab interested in light sensing in vector mosquito species.
I received my B.S. in Biology and Insect Science from Iowa State University in 2017, where I worked in the lab of Dr. Ryan Smith on mosquito immunity to malaria as a McNair Scholar. During this time, I additionally worked on mosquito surveillance and West Nile Virus monitoring in the state of Iowa.
In the summer of 2016, I participated in an REU program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the lab of Dr. Flaminia Catteruccia.
A large focus of my scientific interests lie in reducing global disease burden vectored by insects — most notably by mosquitoes. I have worked with a variety of mosquito species, and have even done some work in mosquito biodiversity. Here at Notre Dame, our focus is in analyzing how mosquitoes utilize vision and light sensing in their development through genetic technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas9, and to determine whether or not we can use gene drive-based approaches to hijack these pathways.