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Visiting Scientists
Yogesh Shouche: (Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India) Visiting Scholar, May-July, 2006; Yogesh is on the faculty at the National Centre for Cell Science at Pune University, Ganeshkhind, Pune, India. He is collaborating on some microarray studies to examine the effect of midgut bacteria in Aedes aegypti on dengue virus susceptibility as well as characterization of the midgut bacteria species in laboratory strain and field-collected mosquitoes.Dr. Yogesh Shouche
Research Faculty
Akio Mori: (Ph.D., University of Nagasaki, Japan) Research Associate Professor, 1997-2014; Akio and I worked together at various times for many years - he retired and returned to his home in Japan in 2014. He worked on many projects in my lab, but had the most interest in studying various phenotypes in Culex pipiens including the genetics of diapause determination and autogeny.Dr. Akio Mori
Susanta Behura: (B.Sc., Utkal University, India; M.Sc., Guru Nanak Dev University, India; Ph.D. Utkal University, India) Research Assistant Professor, 2007-2015; Susanta worked on a variety of projects, including many relating to dengue susceptibility in Aedes aegypti. He is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri.Susanta Behura
David Zaitlin: (Ph.D., University of California, Davis) Associate Scientist, 1995-1997; Dave worked on genetic and physical mapping QTL for vector competence in Aedes aegypti while we were at the University of Wisconsin. Current position: Scientist III, Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Roberta Engel: (B.A., Middlebury College, VT; Ph.D. University of Connecticut) Post-Doctoral, 2012-2014; Roberta worked on some advanced generation fine-scale mapping studies with Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus.
Chitra Chauhan: (Ph.D., Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2005-2007; Chitra worked on our microarray studies of dengue infections in Aedes aegypti.Dr. Chitra Chauhan
Consuelo Gomez: (Ph.D., Instituto Politecnico National, Mexico) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2004-2006; Conny worked on our microarray studies of dengue infections in Aedes aegypti.Dr. Conny Gomez
Mabel Berois: (Ph.D., Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2003-2005; Mabel worked on our efforts to elucidate the molecular basis for vector competence using gene silencing techniques. She is currently a Faculty member at Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay.Dr. Mabel Berois
Michael Henn: (Ph.D., University of Bonn, Germany) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2003-2004; Mike worked on our project on the quantitative genetics of Aedes aegypti susceptibility to Plasmodium gallinaceum. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute of Zoology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.Dr. Michael Henn
Bae-Kwang Kang: (Ph.D., Mokpo National University, Korea) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2002-2004; Bae-Kwang worked on our Aedes aegypti Genome Project. Dr. Bae-Kwang Kang
Lizhong Jin: (M.D., Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Beijing, China) Research Fellow, 2002-2004; Lizhong joined my lab from the Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Shanghai, China. He worked on our project to characterize the molecular basis for meiotic drive in Aedes aegypti. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY).Dr. Lizhong Jin
Liza Jimenez: (Ph.D., Purdue University) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2001-2002; Liza worked on the characterization of our Aedes aegypti BAC library and physical mapping of QTL that determine vector competence. Liza is currently an Associate Professor of Biology, University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla.Dr. Liza Jimenez
Gargi Saha: (Ph.D., Jadavpur University, India) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2000-2002; Gargi worked on our meiotic drive project in Aedes aegypti. She is currently a Research Associate at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India and is working on signal induction pathways in Entamoeba histolytica. She's also become a mom with a son, Jishnu, and a daughter, Tuya. Photos.Dr. Gargi Saha
Isabelle Morlais: (Ph.D., University of Sciences and Techniques of Languedoc, France) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1999-2002; Isabelle worked on Plasmodium gallinaceum susceptibility in Aedes aegypti. Isabelle is currently a Research Professor at the Institute for Research Development (IRD) at Yaounde, Cameroun.Dr. Isabelle Morlais
Douglas Graham: (Ph.D., Colorado State University) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2000-2001; Doug worked on our meiotic drive project in Aedes aegypti. Doug is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical/Health Sciences at Grand Valley State University, MichiganDr. Doug Graham
Adriana Costero: (Ph.D., McGill Univ. Montreal) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1999; Adriana was formally a lab member for only a short time while she was in-between funding, but did spend a lot of time learning techniques with us the previous 2 years. Current position: Program Officer, Vector Biology Section, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.Dr. Adriana Costero
Guiyun Yan: (Ph.D., University of Vermont) Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1994-1997; Guiyun worked on Plasmodium gallinaceum susceptibility in Aedes aegypti and population genetics of Aedes aegypti in Trinidad and Tobago. Current position: Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, CA.
Graduate Students
Paul Hickner : (Ph.D., 2014)-(B.S., M.S., Biological Sciences, Ball State University, Indiana) 2009-present; Dissertation: Enhancement of genome investigations and analysis of diapause induction in Culex pipiens mosquitoes. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.Paul Hickner
Tony Clemons: (Ph.D., 2014)-(B.S., Biological Sciences, Indiana State University, Indiana) 2009-2014; Dissertation: Conserved developmental cues of Aedes aegypti and their impact on the mosquito vector. Dr. Molly Duman-Scheel at the Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend were his co-mentors.
Casey Hill: (Ph.D., 2014)-(B.S., Biological Sciences, Baylor University) 2010-2014; Dissertation: The holistic influences and dynamics of the Aedes aegypti microbiome. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Mexico State University.Casey Hill
Ryan Hemme: (Ph.D., 2011)-(B.A., Luther College, Iowa; M.P.H., University of Minnesota); Dissertation: Population dynamics of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Ryan is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the CDC in Puerto Rico. Ryan Hemme
Dongyoung Shin: (Ph.D., 2011)- (B.S., Agricultural Biology, M.S., Applied Entomology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea); Molecular genetics of the meiotic drive system in Aedes aegypti. Dongyoung is currently a Research Faculty at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida. Dongyoung Shin
Sarah Epstein: (M.S., 2009) (B.S., Biology and Biotechnology, B.S., Spanish, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA); Sarah worked on the molecular biology of dengue virus interaction with Aedes aegypti. Sarah Epstein
Jennifer Schneider (Hannesschlager): (Ph.D., 2006)-(B.A., University of Kansas, M.P.H., University of Michigan) Dissertation: Quantitative genetics of dengue-2 infection and body size in laboratory and Trinidad field populations of Aedes aegypti. Jen is currently a Senior Advisor at McKenna Long & Aldridge in Washington, DC. Jennifer Schneider
Eric Chambers: (Ph.D., 2005)-(B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University) Development of genetic markers and genetic analysis of Brugia malayi susceptibility in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Eric is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.Eric Chambers
Sung-Jae Cha: (Ph.D., 2005)-(B.S., M.S., Korea University, Seoul, Korea) Dissertation: Characterization of an endogenous meiotic drive system in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Sung-Jae is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.Sung-Jae Cha
Justin Anderson: (Ph.D., 2003) I was Justin's co-advisor with Dr. Paul Grimstad. Dissertation: Quantitative genetics of hybrid sterility, larval morphology, and vector competence for La Crosse virus among Ochlerotatus triseriatus and Ochlerotatus hendersoni interspecific hybrids. Justin is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Radford University. Justin Anderson
Yury Colton: (Ph.D., 2002) Dissertation: Population genetics of Aedes aegypti: sibling relatedness and candidate gene analysis. Yury is currently an Associate in Stoel Rives’ Technology & Intellectual Property practice group in Salt Lake City, UT.Yury Colton
Jennifer Meece: (Ph.D., 2002) Dissertation: Quantitative genetic analysis of Plasmodium susceptibility in Aedes aegypti and preliminary genetic investigations of Plasmodium susceptibility in Anopheles gambiae s.l.. Current Position: Project Scientist, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield WI.Jennifer Meece
Becky deBruyn: (B.A., Lycoming College) 1999-2010; Becky worked on many projects in the lab and was a key member of our efforts to characterize our Aedes aegypti BAC library and physical mapping of QTL that determine vector competence.Becky deBruyn
Brent Harker: (B.S., Biology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga) 2004-2008; Brent worked part-time in my lab. He was responsible for all technical aspects of our microarray studies, including preparation of printed slides, hybridizations, and data analysis.Brent Harker
Jill Williams: (B.A., Grand Valley State University) 1999-2000. Jill worked on our project to examine the population genetics of Aedes aegypti in Trinidad and is currently busy raising her family.Jill Williams
Sara (Blount) Cywinski: (B.S., University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point) 1996-1998. Sara started working with me at the University of Wisconsin and set up my new lab at Notre Dame. She’s currently busy raising her son, Nicholas, and daughter, Ashlyn, back in Stevens Point. Sara was back to visit in June, 2004. Photos. Sara Cywinski
Lisa Smith: (B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison) 1994-1996. Lisa worked on our project to integrate the genetic and physical maps for Aedes aegypti. She is currently a technician at the University of Minnesota.
Vicky Kassner: (B.S., University of Wisconsin) 1994-1997. Vicky worked on our targeted genetic marker development and other projects related to QTL mapping. She is currently a technician at the University of Wisconsin.Vicky Kassner
Ying (Zhang) Madison: (B.S., University of California, Irvine) 1992-1995. Ying played a key role in our development of the RFLP linkage map for Aedes aegypti. She is currently a technician at Invitrogen, San Diego. She married Rob in 2003 (Wedding Pictures) and recently added a son, Thomas, to her family. Photos.Ying Zhang
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